Asian American & Pacific Islander Mental Health Resources
Racial trauma, or race-based traumatic stress (RBTS), refers to the mental and emotional injury caused by encounters with racial bias and ethnic discrimination, racism, and hate crimes. Due to long standing injustices and the rise in hate crimes against Asian Americans/ Pacific Islander (AAPI) Communities, many AAPIs might be experiencing RBTS right now. The impact of pandemic-related stress, coupled with racism-based stress, can lead to many AAPIs feeling anxious or scared. While these feelings are valid, please know that there are resources available to support your mental health during this difficult time.
The Mental Health Coalition stands in solidarity with the AAPI Communities and condemns racism in all forms. We are committed to working towards a world that empowers access to vital resources and necessary support for all.
Use these resources for yourself or pass them along to a friend who might need the support. If you are concerned about a friend who might be having a hard time right now but are not sure how to start a conversation around mental health, visit The Mental Health Coalition’s How to Talk About Mental Health page for tips on how to do so.
For immediate 24/7 support, text COALITION to 741741 to connect with a Crisis Counselor for free 24/7. You can also call National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. It’s free and highly confidential, unless it’s essential to contact emergency services to help you or your friend stay safe. Nacional de Prevención del Suicidio: 1-888-628-9454