Mental health resources for Asian Americans

For members of our Pan-Asian community, we have compiled a list of organizations providing mental health resources and connecting Asians with culturally informed therapists. We have also included links to general wellness resources and cultural communities online.

Below you will find a list of racial justice organizations committed to combating hatred and violence and to the promotion and empowerment of Asian communities. We have also included crowdfunding campaigns that allow you to donate to directly support victims and families of anti-Asian violence.

Discrimination and violence against Asian communities is fueled by white supremacy. For our white readers, we’ve included a handful of resources, including spectator intervention trainings and education on the history and current state of systemic discrimination in the United States.

Mental health resources by and for Asian communities

  1. the Asian Mental Health Collective works to normalize and de-stigmatize conversations about mental health in Asian communities around the world. It provides the Directory of therapists from Asia, the Pacific Islands and South America (APISAA) as well as a list of local community organizations and a podcast, Mukbang mental health.

  2. the Asian mental health project is a Los Angeles-based community organization that focuses on the mental health and emotional well-being of Asian Americans. Founder Carrie Zhang hosts weekly community check-ins on Zoom, where members can frankly share and hear from guest facilitators on anxiety management, intergenerational trauma, toxic masculinity, and more. The organization also hosts virtual wellness summits focused on the intersection of culture, social issues and mental health. You can donate to AMHP GoFundMe to support its online mental health services and resources. (It is currently filing for 501 (c) (3) nonprofit status.)

  3. Inclusive therapists is a database that connects anyone seeking culturally sensitive care to therapists with racial trauma training. It also has a specific directory for those looking for reduced rate teletherapy.

  4. Lotus Project is a youth-led mental health organization that is dismantling the minority stereotype model through culturally informed education and community empowerment.

  5. the Queer Asian Pacific Islands National Alliance is a federation of national and local LGBTQIA + organizations serving Asian Americans. Their list of member organizations is a useful tool for those looking for support and community.

  6. Asian Americans suicide prevention and education is an organization that provides educational materials to address mental health stigma and suicidality in communities of Asian descent.

  7. Song of the Red Canaries is a grassroots organization of Asian and migrant sex workers that builds frameworks for labor rights and provides mutual aid with the goal of ending sex trafficking.

Other resources on mental wellness

  1. To open is an online mindfulness studio offering yoga, meditation and breathing classes with leading teachers including Mel Mah and co-founder Manoj Dias. It offers unlimited classes for $ 20 per month.

  2. Head space offers on-demand mindful meditation, including classes on working with difficult emotions like anger, sadness and loneliness. The series with Rachel ricketts may feel particularly useful: it focuses on racial injustice and grieving. After a seven- or fourteen-day free trial, the subscription fee is $ 12.99 per month or $ 69.99 per year. Student and group plans are also available.

Organizations celebrating Asian American culture and identity

  1. The Peahce project is a student and young adult-led organization celebrating Asian American identity through visual arts, writing, community interviews, and podcasting.

  2. Our experience is an online platform for Asian Americans to share stories of cultural identity.

  3. Asian American Girl Club is an online community and brand for Pan Asian girls and women. He works to overturn stereotypes and rewrite the narrative of what it means to be an Asian American woman.

  4. AAPI Women Lead is a progressive organization that aims to end racial and gender-based violence by raising the visibility of women in Asia and the Pacific Islands and showcasing their stories, stories and lived experiences.

Direct support to the families of victims of racial violence

  1. The number of families affected by racial violence is enormous. Funds are being put in place to help families support themselves, organize funerals and take legal action against those responsible for the murder of their loved ones. Any list we provide would represent only a small fraction of those cases. Please consider contributing to funds honoring the life of Hyun Jung Grant, Suncha Kim, Yong Ae Yue, Xiaojie Tan, Soon Chung Park, Daoyou Feng and many others, and study incidents of racial violence in your local community to find ways to support families close to their homes and dismantle the systems that made their killings possible.

  2. GoFundMe has created a hub of crowdfunding campaigns for those affected through violence against Asian communities, including those directly affected by the Atlanta attacks.

Anti-racism organizations, education and training

  1. the Asian United States Legal Defense and Education Fund is a civil rights group that provides legal resources to Asian American community organizations and leads legal and political action against anti-Asian violence, police misconduct, and human trafficking.

  2. the Asian American Feminist Collective is a coalition for intersectional feminist politics rooted in Asian-American communities.

  3. Hate is a virus is an advocacy and mobilization group against racism for justice and equality of the AAPI. Thanks to his Community action fund, it raises funds for national and local organizations focused on mental health programs, elder protection, AAPI representation and solidarity building.

  4. Stop the hate AAPI is a coalition that tackles AAPI hate crimes and anti-Asian rhetoric. It is a platform for reporting hate incidents, disseminating safety information and raising funds for anti-racism networks, such as Movement hub.

  5. The Asian-American Racial Justice Toolkit is the work of fifteen Asian American grassroots organizations that examine the structural roots of racism, capitalism, colonialism and imperialism. The 300-page toolkit is free to download, and there are notebook modules designed for group workshops and one-on-one learning on topics such as minority stereotype model, gender and patriarchy, and anti-black racism.

  6. Hollaback! and Asian Americans Advance Justice have partnered to provide free witness intervention training and conflict de-escalation training. Join a session for learn intervention strategies with racist and xenophobic harassment, both online and in real life.

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