Asian and Pacific Islander
The 2014 U.S. Census found that there are 6 million people who identify as Asian or Pacific Islander (API) living in California. Nearly 13.9 percent of the API community is reported to be living with a mental health condition and face obstacles to effective treatment such as stigma and language barriers.
API communities have several factors that support mental health and wellbeing, such as strong family connections and cultural practices that promote balance for better health and wellbeing. However, people from the Asian and Pacific Islander communities, especially those who have more recently immigrated to the US, may be less likely to seek mental health support than the general population.
In some Asian cultures, expression of one’s feelings is an admission of weakness. Furthermore, the words used in some languages to describe mental health challenges have negative connotations which contribute to a strong stigma around mental illness.
Strides are being made to reduce stigma and increase the number of mental health professionals who can provide culturally and linguistically appropriate care. The resources below raise awareness about mental health and suicide prevention as well as list organizations working with this community. To download a PDF with the resources listed below, click here.