Mental Health Services

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Mental health has become a growing problem as the US population ages, life expectancy increases, and society becomes 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.

Services

Individual Services
PEARLS Program
Village Program
Mental Health First Aid

About Mental Health 360

The Mental Health 360 Initiative was created in March 2015. It was proposed by several doctors and local Asian organizations who were interested in helping Asians achieve a healthy body and mind. They decided to use CCACC’s PAVHC as the platform for pushing out this program and garnered the support of local organizations and the government.

 

The main goal of this program is to raise awareness on mental health among the Asian population.

 

Services include:

  • Educating the public through seminars and discussions with psychiatrists and mental health professionals

  • Providing direct services to those who lack access to healthcare, offering immediate, temporary relief

  • Providing the needed mental health treatments and services for patients

  • Lobbying for additional resources to help the Asian population

 

Since 2016, with the support of the government and local organizations, the program was able to host three to four seminars annually. Topics include preventing and treating depression and anxiety disorders; recognizing, treating, and caring for Alzheimer’s and dementia; treatment plans for late stage diseases; communication across generations; and preventing depression and suicide among teens and young adults.

 

In recent years, this program has partnered with CAPA-MC, The University of Maryland’s School of Medicine, and the Calvin Li Memorial Foundation in starting the “Hear Me Out” series. The focus is on helping first generation immigrant parents and their second generation American-born children overcome cultural differences and communication barriers. “Hear Me Out” uses seminars, essay contests, and follow-up activities and events to help parents and children find a comfortable middle ground. This series has received a lot of local attention and support from the community and has seen a high participation rate.

 
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Mental health has become a growing problem as the US population ages, life expectancy increases, and society becomes 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.

Minority populations, especially elderly minorities, are disadvantaged because cultural beliefs prevent them from seeking help and language barriers prevent them from getting it.

In order to address these problems, Pan Asian is now offering mental health screenings. Depending on the results, a primary care physician and social worker will advise you on how to proceed.

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What is mental health, and what you can do about it: (courtesy of the Asian American Health Initiative)