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Asian Americans often lack mental health literacy because of cultural stigma and shame. These inaccurate ideas and beliefs especially affect vulnerable immigrant families having to deal with not only cultural but language barriers.
Stigma often is used to negatively isolate and discriminate against others including their loved ones. As a result, immigrant family members not only prevent treatment but hide the mental illness 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 recovery.
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