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May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Posted: May 02, 2012

May is both Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month as well as Mental Health Awareness Month. In recognition of the double significance of May, the National Asian American Pacific Islander Mental Health Association (NAAPIMHA) will be hosting and participating in a series of events to help raise awareness around mental health in the Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) communities. NAAPIMHA will host a training in San Francisco on May 14-15th on "Preparing Our Community for the Next Round of Healthcare Reform". The training is free and open to the public. It will be held at Fort Mason Center, Landmark Building A. Visit the NAAPIMHA website more information and register for the training at --

The stigma associated with mental health continues to be a major barrier to AANHPIs seeking help. Many fear that if they talk about having a problem they will be seen as weak or somehow flawed. The need to fulfill the role of the “model minority” only adds pressure to be perfect, not only from family, but now expectations come from those at work, classmates and society in general. Culture also plays a strong part in not wanting to share personal information or divulge anything that might “bring shame” to the family. Another barrier to getting proper care is a workforce that does not have enough providers who are trained to address important cultural and language issues so even if someone wants to seek help, he/she may not be able to find an appropriate provider. Read more on the NAAPIMHA website.

Read the Presidential Proclamation for Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Access AANHPI resources on the Office of Minority Health website. Visit the Asian-Pacific Islander Heritage Month website -- a collaborative project of the Library of Congress and the National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

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