July is National Minority Mental Health Month. Please join the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs), and community leaders from across the country on Wednesday, July 22, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET for a Twitter storm spotlighting AAPI mental health. We will also focus on AAPI mental health throughout the week.
AAPIs experience mental health issues such as depression, serious thoughts of suicide, post-traumatic stress disorder and co-occurring mental illness and substance use conditions, but they are less likely to use mental health services than any other racial/ethnic group. This may be due to negative attitudes about seeking treatment, language and cultural barriers, lack of outreach by service providers, and lack of awareness of the services and resources available.
On July 22, join us on Twitter by sharing a photo, video, story, or resource with the hashtags #AAPIMentalHealth and #MMHM2015. Together we can bring attention to AAPI mental health, ease the shame and stigma that many people experience, and let our friends and families know there is support.
Diane Narasaki is a member of the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.