NAAPIMHA celebrates May as API Heritage Month and Mental Health Awareness Month

Event Date

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Event Description

National Asian American Pacific Islander Mental Health Association

May is Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month and
Mental Health Awareness Month

 

The attached summary on immigration as a mental health issue will be the first in a series released by the National Asian American Pacific Islander Mental Health Association as it celebrates May as both Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month as well as Mental Health Awareness month. The information on immigration as a mental health issue is being done in conjunction with the National Council of Asian Pacific American, NCAPA’s Policy Summit on Immigration that will be held in Washington DC on May 7th.    NAAPIMHA is a member of NCAPA which is a coalition of 30 national organizations representing various issues facing Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders.  NAAPIMHA will also participate in the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islander’s briefing on Mental Health and Suicide on May 10th in Washington, DC.

 

As NAAPIMHA recognizes the many contributions of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders during the month of May, NAAPIMHA will also continue to raise awareness around the importance of understanding the impact of mental health and how it permeates every aspect of our lives.  Unfortunately the lack of understanding, misinformation and cultural barriers surrounding mental health makes it a difficult subject to talk about.  The stigma around mental health is fueled by cultural beliefs, the pressure to be the “model minority”, the fear of being seen as weak as the media coverage that continues to portray mental health in a negative light, including equating gun violence with mental health.

 

NAAPIMHA will release a series of summaries throughout the month that are not meant to be in depth analysis but rather informative pieces that can help develop policies, programs and other efforts to improve the quality of life for AANHPI communities. In addition to immigration, the summaries will address mental health and the Affordable Care Act, integrated care, and violence, including domestic violence. This is an extension of NAAPIMHA’s national Friends DO Make A Difference campaign that helps college students talk about mental health.  As part of its outreach efforts, NAAPIMHA will continue its work with the US Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, SAMHSA to identify culturally relevant engagement strategies to enroll AANHPIs in the health insurance marketplace in preparation of the roll out of the Affordable Care Act.   And last but not least, NAAPIMHA will continue to train community members to become Wellness Coaches using a whole health, strength based, recovery approach to help meet the increased demands for culturally and linguistically appropriate services that will be required to meet the additional number of individuals who will be eligible for care through the ACA.

 

NAAPIMHA welcomes the opportunity to work with others as we collectively move to improve the quality of life for Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders.  Please contact Executive Director DJ Ida at djida@naapimha.org<mailto:djida@naapimha.org> for more information.

 

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