AAPI Students

Second-generation AAPI immigrants may face challenges in their cultural identity, struggling to balance their familial ties to traditional cultural values with the pressure to assimilate into mainstream American society. Additionally, an emphasis on community identity can create a strong burden of expectations, which may increase stigma and shame if a person doesn’t meet those expectations. 

Fact: COVID-19-related racial/ethnic discrimination was associated with greater odds of having moderately severe or severe depression, moderate to severe anxiety, binge drinking, self-injury, and suicidal ideation, adjusting for age and gender.  

Asian Mental Health Collective: AMHC aspires to make mental health easily available, approachable, and accessible to Asian communities worldwide.

Asian American and Pacific Islander Mental Health - NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness outlines a page of resources for students identifying with this community

Asian American Health Initiative: A mental health resource library full of handouts and toolkits. Resources are provided in various languages such as Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Hindi, and English.

Mental Health Coalition AAPI Mental Health Handout: The Mental Health Coalition stands in solidarity with the AAPI Communities and condemns racism in all forms. They 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. 

Understanding AAPI Mental Health and Wellness Needs - Very Well Mind: The collective assumption of AAPI success can also create a kind of internal pressure for individuals to ignore their mental health or other needs in the pursuit of living up to that image.

Asian American Journalist Association: A non-comprehensive list of mental wellness resources for AAPI and journalists, including research, training programs, and culturally competent coverage.

17 Mental Health Resources for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders: Very Well Mind provides a list of mental health resources for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders that are essential today with the rise of hate and discrimination directed toward these communities.

A Brief but Spectacular Take on Asian American Mental Health (VIDEO)Christine Catipon is a clinical psychologist at the University of California, Irvine Counseling Center. Growing up Filipina, she says that people around her did not want to discuss mental health. Catipon is now working to dismantle barriers that keep people away from this crucial therapy.


Instagram Pages Worth Following: 

  1. @asianmentalhealthproject
  2. @browngirltherapy
  3. @asiansformentalhealth
  4. @asianmentalhealthcollective (offers support groups) 
  5. @asiansdotherapy 
  6. @themindhealthspot


Campus OrganizationsUMB offers a diverse selection of school-specific and University wide student organizations. Take a look and see if one of them is right for you!