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Diversity & Health Equity Education: Asian American

Asian Americans are less likely to seek mental health help than other Americans. There are several barriers to this population seeking help from mental health professionals, including language barriers, stigma, and lack of awareness of resources and mental health services.

Browse educational content specific or applicable to this patient population below:

Guides & Toolkits:

Best Practice Highlights: Working with Asian American Patients

Learn more about working with Asian patients, including demographics, significant history, best practices and disparities.

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Mental Health Facts for Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders

Research shows that 2.7 million Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders have a mental and/or substance use disorder (SUD). But several cultural and structural barriers prevent Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders from accessing mental health services.


Mental Health Facts for Diverse Populations

Most racial/ethnic minority groups overall have similar—or in some cases, fewer—mental disorders than whites. However, the consequences of mental illness in minorities may be long lasting.


Intimate Partner Violence: A Guide for Psychiatrists Treating IPV Survivors

Although IPV affects individuals across race/ethnicity, gender, and socioeconomic background, minority women experience IPV at disproportionately high rates.

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Stress & Trauma Toolkit for Treating Asian Americans in a Changing Political and Social Environment

Asian Americans are often perceived as a single homogeneous group; however, this population of 21 million people consists of more than 28 subgroups with multiple languages, religions, cultures, and socioeconomic backgrounds.

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Blogs & Articles:

Psych News | AUG 1, 2019

Factors to Keep in Mind When Treating Asian American Patients

APA Blog | APR 3, 2019

Mental Health on College Campuses: Multiracial and Asian Students May be at Higher Risk of Untreated Mental Illness

Psych News | DEC 3, 2018

Digital Technology Can Overcome Structural Barriers

APA Blog | OCT 8, 2018

The Psychological Effects of Sexual Assault

Psych News | JUN 29, 2018

'Structural Competency' Approach Takes Into Account Patients' World

Psych News | JUN 29, 2018

'Black Korea' Captures Children Brought Up in Two Cultures

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