Asian Americans often lack mental health literacy because of cultural stigma and shame. These inaccurate ideas and beliefs especially affect vulnerable 1st generation families having to deal with cultural and language barriers.
Stigma often exacerbates isolation and discrimination not only within the Asian communities but among their own family members. As a result, Asian American mental health issues do not come to the attention of the system until a full blown crisis occurs.
Learning from peers and providers on the available resources will enrich not only your mental health literacy but will fight cultural stigma and implicit bias which is an essential and critical part of wellness.