Emotional Wellness of BIPOC
Approximately 22.9 million Asian-Pacific Americans reside in the US, and 2.9 million are struggling with mental health conditions.
Research also shows that Asian Americans are 3 times less likely than other racial groups to seek help.
Covid magnified this growing mental health crisis for many AAPI – there was a significant rise in hate crimes against Asian Americans, causing mental health distress to many.
More families would receive help if they had affordable alternatives that were just as effective. The lack of black and brown therapists hinders them from seeking treatment and feeling comfortable confiding in one
Black and brown people are often perceived to be weak when they have concerns about their mental or emotional well-being. Thus, a family may have difficulty discussing their issues with one another because they may later belittle, disparage, and unqualify one another. As a result. resentment becomes unresolved and builds up, resulting in a trauma cycle that is problematic.
A shortage of Spanish-speaking psychologists, school psychologists, speech therapists, and behaviour therapists makes obtaining services difficult.
Spanish-speaking Hispanics see less need for mental health treatment, seek treatment for themselves or their families less often, and are more likely to drop out of treatment.
Immigrants’ risk of mental health disorders increases the longer they stay in the US due to discrimination and/or cultural conflict when compared with US-born Hispanics.