Community Mental Health

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Mental health has become a growing problem as the US population ages, life expectancy increases, and society becomes even more hectic and pressurized. However, it remains buried under societal stigmas and inaccurate stereotypes that make people reluctant to seek help or even admit they have a condition. The Mental Health 360 project was established in March 2015. Initiated by a group of community healthcare providers and local Chinese mental health professionals, this program aims to advocate for resources and promote the overall well-being of our residents.

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Services
  • Disseminate mental health information through lectures and seminars

  • Provision of short-term crisis and aid services for people who have limited medical resources but are in urgent need of services

  • Provide suitable treatment and promotion channels for Chinese individuals who need professional mental health services

  • Strive to create public health resources for the Asian population

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Common Issues
  • Adaptive medical barriers: including changes in the living environment and stress related to immigration experiences

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Elderly dementia

  • Bereavement (losing loved ones, etc.)

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Solutions
  • Seeking out community support (church, social activities, support from friends and family, etc.)

  • Improve lifestyle (appropriate exercise and meaningful daily arrangements)

  • Professional mental counseling

  • Medication treatment

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Myths

  • Asians are the model minority who are supposed to perform perfectly, therefore they do not have a need for mental health services

  • Mental illness equals psychosis and has nothing to do with normal people

  • Mental illness is for the weak

  • Mental illness is a shameful thing

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Mental Health

Facts

  • Suicide is the 9th leading cause of death in Asian Americans (CDC, 2005)

  • The suicide rate of Asian women aged 15-24 is the highest among all ethnic groups (14.1%). Asian men in the same age group have the second highest suicide rate compared to all ethnic groups.

  • Asian Americans experience mental health issues at similar rates to other racial/ethnic demographic groups, yet, have a very low rate of receiving treatment.