Resources for Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Mental Health: A Guide by Perspectives
May is Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Heritage Month, and as an organization that provides mental health services and employee assistance programs, Perspectives recognizes the importance of promoting mental health awareness and support for individuals from diverse backgrounds.
To support this goal, we have curated a list of organizations and resources focused on AANHPI mental health.
Asian American Psychological Association (AAPA)
The Asian American Psychological Association (AAPA) is a professional organization dedicated to advancing the mental health and well-being of Asian American communities. Their website provides resources for mental health professionals, including the AAPA Provider Directory, a searchable database of mental health providers who specialize in working with AANHPI communities. This directory can be an invaluable tool for individuals seeking mental health care.
National Asian American Pacific Islander Mental Health Association (NAAPIMHA)
NAAPIMHA is a national organization that advocates for the mental health and well-being of AANHPI communities. They provide resources for individuals and families, including a directory of mental health service providers. Their Asians in Focus initiative aims to increase awareness about mental health disparities and promote culturally responsive approaches to care.
Questions to Ask a Mental Health Care Provider to Determine Cultural Competency
When seeking mental health care, it's important to find a provider who is culturally competent and able to meet your specific needs. Here are three questions to ask a potential provider to determine their cultural competency:
- What experience do you have working with AANHPI individuals and communities?
- How do you integrate cultural factors into your approach to treatment?
- How do you address issues related to stigma, shame, and family dynamics in AANHPI cultures?
As an organization committed to promoting mental health and well-being for employees, Perspectives recognizes the importance of providing support for individuals from diverse backgrounds, including those who identify as Asian American, Native Hawaiian, or Pacific Islander. By utilizing these resources and supporting organizations that prioritize AANHPI mental health, we can work together to promote awareness, reduce stigma, and improve access to culturally competent care for individuals and families in need.