We Stand with the AAPI Community

Publication Date: Apr 05, 2021
Amidst the increase of anti-Asian violence, including robberies, burglaries, discrimination, and deadly violence targeting women and older Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) individuals, the Texas Institute for Excellence in Mental Health reaffirms its commitment, laid out in the Declaration of Racism as a Mental Health Crisis, to support the social, emotional, and behavioral health of diverse communities in our region.

We understand that we are not experts in each other’s experiences and that racial and ethnic groups experience clear and negative impacts on mental health due to discrimination. Our goal is to listen, share all of the stories and realities, and promote equitable and culturally responsive services for everyone.

We will continue our work to impact the effects of historical and current traumas on the mental health of people of color, work actively to dismantle systems that lead to inequities and oppression, understand our participation in that process, and support the mental health and wellbeing of our team members, community partners, and the communities we work alongside.

We are committed to growing a diverse and responsive workforce that feels supported and to promote spaces for BIPOC and AAPI individuals to process, grieve and heal.

The following is not an exhaustive list, but an offering of mental health resources for AAPI individuals, articles about learning how to support your AAPI colleagues, and articles for agency leadership on changes that can support your staff and communities.

  • Asian American Psychological Association (AAPA): dedicated to helping mental health in Asian American communities through research, education, professional practice, and policy. AAPA created a list of resources during the COVID-19 pandemic on everything from self-care to racism to caregiving and more.
  • National Asian American Pacific Islander Mental Health Association: promotes mental health and wellness for AAPI communities through resources, training, and awareness. It also has a directory of service providers across all 50 states.
  • Asian Mental Health Collective: helps raise awareness about mental health care, contains a list of Asian therapists both in the U.S. and in Canada, and an organization directory.
  • Inclusive Therapists: a social justice website for trainings and a directory founded to expand mental and behavioral health care to all communities with a Decolonizing Perspective, founded by licensed therapist Melody Li.
  • The National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA): a federation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander (AAPI) organizations. NQAPIA seeks to build the organizational capacity of local LGBT AAPI groups, develop leadership, promote visibility, educate our community, enhance grassroots organizing, expand collaborations, and challenge anti-LGBTQ bias and racism.
  • Asians Do Therapy: dedicated to reducing stigma and increase access to therapy for AAPIs started by licensed therapist Yin J. Li. The site navigates how to get started finding a therapist, provides resources, and shares the stories of others in therapy. The podcast of the same name highlights different aspects of therapy with guests ranging from those thriving with Bipolar Disorder to healing from racism.