UPAC staff will be participating in two upcoming Mental Health Panels about the impact of COVID-19 on API Populations. Please see information below and join us to learn more about these important issues facing our communities.
National Network to Eliminate Disparities in Behavioral Health
What: “Communities Respond to COVID-19: Implications for Asian Pacific Islanders”
This year’s Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM) comes at a time when many Asian Pacific Islanders (APIs) are experiencing discrimination and stigma emerging from anti-Asian narratives related to COVID-19. These narratives, embedded in a national context of uncertainty about health and safety, are increasing the vulnerability for fear, anxiety and emotional distress within API communities.
This NNED Virtual Roundtable is the second of a two-part series on the behavioral and mental health impacts of COVID-19. Panelists will discuss:
- Emerging mental health needs for API communities
- Strategies for providing culturally and linguistically appropriate mental health and emotional support services to API populations
- Community approaches for addressing discrimination and stigma experienced by APIs
When: Thursday, May 21 at 12pm
Jewish Family Services
What: “Supporting The Mental Health Of Asian/Pacific Islander Communities During COVID-19”
Cultural values, common misconceptions, and lack of resources in Asian/Pacific Islander (API) communities can often prevent individuals facing mental health challenges from seeking support. With an increase in hate crimes against API communities during the COVID-19 pandemic, existing mental health challenges can be exacerbated.
This Community Conversation will bring together mental health experts from across the API community to discuss common mental health issues, identify the social barriers that prevent API individuals from seeking help, and offer tips on coping during the increased stress and uncertainty of our current public health crisis.
When: Thursday, May 21 at 3pm