The Power of Openly Talking About Asian American Pacific Islander Mental Health
There is a stigma around mental health in the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI)
community. Mental health is often seen as a taboo topic, and many people are reluctant to openly
talk about it. However, there is power in openly talking about mental health and its importance.
A critical component to encouraging open conversations and ultimately improving Asian
American Pacific Islander mental health is understanding that you are not alone! It’s important
that we all have a space to share stories without judgment or shame, as this is key
to breaking down the stigma of silence within our communities.
It’s also essential to remind ourselves and others that mental health issues can affect anyone. It
does not matter about your age, gender, religion, or background. Struggling with mental health issues is never a sign of personal or moral weakness, but rather a sign that an individual is simply struggling with their mental, health.
AAPI mental health matters because mental illness can have a negative effect on physical health, work performance, and quality of life. Many AAPI cultures believe that mental illness is a personal problem that should not be shared with others, leading to feelings of shame and guilt. There are also various religious forces that push individuals away from mental health services. For example, in some Asian and Pacific Islander cultures, mental health services may oppose religious beliefs, leading to the fear of spiritual repercussions.
How to Seek Help
More recently, AAPI mental health awareness and support have grown. Awareness and resources for
AAPI mental health are essential, both for individuals and the AAPI community as a whole. It is
essential to establish spaces and conversations for the purpose of comprehending the unique
problems faced by AAPI.
With the right resources and support, AAPI individuals can more actively manage their mental health, reducing the effect of mental illness on their lives as a whole. It is also important to research the mental health professional to ensure they have the skills, qualifications, and experience to provide quality mental healthcare. It is essential you feel comfortable interacting with the professional and feel that the professional understands you and can offer the best solution to your problem(s).
Finally, make sure to ask for help when you need it. Mental health services are not always easy
to access but are essential for taking care of your mental health. Do not be afraid to ask for help
from understanding family members, friends, and mental health professionals. Seeking out mental health services is a sign of strength and resilience, and not a sign of weakness.
De Angela Jane Smith, MA, AMFT #116034
Associate Marriage and Family Therapist
If you would like to schedule a free 15-minute consultation, please email me at:
(657) 333 – 5218
CAV Family Therapy Inc.