Please call 911 if there is an immediate risk for harm or an emergency
For suicide intervention, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline to get help by phone at 988 or 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255) Toll-free in the U.S. 24 hours a day. Asian Languages: 1-877-990-8585
For substance abuse treatment referral and information (in English and Spanish), call the confidential Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357) .
To report a sexual assault, Call 911 or contact the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 800.656.HOPE (4673) to speak with a trained sexual assault service provider in your area.
The month of May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and Mental Health Awareness Month. As the nation comes to terms with addressing the social and economic upheaval, the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 has also ushered in a sharp uptick in Anti-Asian discrimination and violence in the United States and many countries around the world. Stop AAPI Hate reported there were approximately 3,800 incidents reported between March 2020 and February 2021 in all 50 US states. According to the Pew Research Center, Asian Americans are approximately 23 million individuals or about 7% of the US population. Here are a few more alarming statistics from Pew Research:
- 32 % of Asian adults feared that someone might threaten or physically attack them
- 27% of Asian adults reported people acted as if they were uncomfortable around them
- 16% of Asian adults reported someone made a remark about going back to their home country
- 14% of Asian adults reported someone mede a comment blaming them for the coronavirus outbreak
Source: Pew Research
The resources in this post will be geared toward both mental health as well as community resources dedicated to fighting against anti-Asian hate.
Stop AAPI Hate is a non-profit collaboration between the Asian Pacific Planning and Policy Council (A3PCON), Chinese for Affirmative Action (CAA), and the Asian American Studies Department of San Francisco State University. Incidents of anti-Asian violence and discrimination can be reported through Stop AAPI and they offer multilingual resources for affected individuals. Incidents reported to the organization are not reported to law enforcement. Stop AAPI also advocates for local, state, and national policies that reinforces human rights and civil rights protections for the AAPI community.
Stop AAPI Hate on Facebook
Stop AAPI Hate on Twitter
Stop AAPI Hate on Instagram
National Asian American Pacific Islander Mental Health Association (NAAPIMHA): The mission of NAAPIMHA is to promote the mental health and well being of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders.
NAAPIMHA on Facebook
NAAPIMHA on Instagram
The Asian American Psychological Association advocates on behalf of Asian Americans as well as advancing Asian American psychology. The AAPA has a list of COVID-19 Resources.
South Asian Mental Health Initiative & Network works to educate, engage, and empower the South Asian community to promote mental health literacy as well as serve as a resource to provide consultation to health care policy makers and health care delivery facilities. SAMHIN has a Mental Health Provider Network and a list of mental health resources.
SAMHIN on Facebook
SAMNHIN on Twitter
SAMNHIN on Instagram
Asian Americans Advancing Justice advocates for the civil and human rights of Asian Americans and other underserved communities. Asian Americans Advancing Justice has partnered with Coalition Against Hate to document anti-Asian attacks and demand justice. Other resources offered:
- Coronavirus/COVID-19 Resources to Stand Against Racism
- Advancing Justice-Los Angeles Housing Rights Legal Help Clinic
Asian Mental Health Collective seeks to normalize and de-stigmatize mental health within the Asian community. Some of the programs and services offered by AMHC include a community blog, Ask A Therapist YouTube live streams and a Directory of Asian, Pacific Islander and South Asian American Therapists. AMHC also has a directory of organizations offering a wide range of mental health services in the US, Canada and Asia.
AMHC on Facebook
AMHC on Instagram
AMHC on Youtube
SALDEF: Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund is a national Sikh American media, policy, and education organization. Their mission is to empower Sikh Americans by building dialogue, deepening understanding, promoting civic and political participation, and upholding social justice and religious freedom for all Americans.
SALDEF on Facebook
SALDEF on Instagram
SALDEF on Twitter
The James Byrd Jr. Center to Stop The Hate was launched by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and works to support communities and individuals targeted for hate and challenge white supremacy. The Byrd Center is named in honor of James Byrd Jr., a Black man who was killed in 1998 in Jasper, Texas, when he was picked up by three white supremacists and driven to an isolated rural road where he was brutally murdered.
Communities Against Hate , another initiative led by The Leadership Conference Education Fund and Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, is a diverse coalition of organizations that have come together for the fist time across communities to document hate and demand action.
Communities Against Hate: Community Resource Map has a list of organizations across the United States that provide resources, support, and direct services to community members. There is a companion list along with the map to help connect individuals with organizations in their communities.
Stop The Hate Hotline: Lawyers’ Committee launched a resource and reporting hotline for hate incidents: 1-844-9-NO-HATE (1-844-966-4283). The Stop Hate Hotline is live from 10AM – 5PM EST Monday – Friday except on holidays. After hours, a caller will be prompted to leave a voicemail and trained volunteer will return the call within 24 – 48 hours. A brief intake call will be conducted, followed by resources that can be provided to the caller in their time of need.
Additional Reading and Resources:
Register: The Mental Health of Asian, Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islander Communities in the Time of COVID Virtual Roundtable
Very Well Mind: 17 Mental Health Resources for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
Mental Health Resources for Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC)
#racialtraumaisreal: Boston College Racial Trauma Toolkit