As we near the end of AAPI Heritage Month, let’s take the time to create a space for mental health in the Asian community.

We started off this month with a curated edit of AAPI small businesses to support along with a focus of AAPI female creatives on our weekly 6 Things column.

As some of you may know, my career path has been anything but linear. I left my career as a nurse to pursue a creative path in design and start my own business; and that was, and still is, a work in progress – as life usually is. What guided and helped through the major life transition was facing my fears and working on resolving my internal conflicts, which therapy helped a lot with and was a big resource to have throughout the process.

Within the AAPI community, mental health still carries a stigma and isn't often talked about openly. I'm honored to have crossed paths recently with Serena Moy-Pereira, a content creator focused on building intentional community within the Bay Area, who curated a list of AAPI mental health resources below.

Asian Mental Health Collective
@asianmentalhealthcollective is a platform by Asians for Asians. AMHC works towards de-stigmatizing mental health within the Asian community by providing accessible resources. One of their best tools is their ‘Find a Therapist’ directory for those in the US and Canada.
Permission to Come Home
Permission to Come Home by Dr. Jenny T. Wang, also better known as @asiansformentalhealth, is a book for guidance. It is catered towards understanding trauma in relation to our immigration story as well as individual healing. Dr. Wang reveals a new meaning to “home” vital for the Asian perspective.
Bianca Mabute-Louie
Bianca Mabute-Louie (@beyonkz) is a scholar-activist known for her infographic-drawings on topics like Black and Asian solidarity to defining what it means to be Asian American. Bianca provides comfort amongst the Asian community. She is currently writing her book UNASSIMILABLE.
AAPI Women Lead
@aapiwomenlead is an organization sharing curated news to social issues related content for the Asian community. The community organization is also the host of various events such as their annual I’m Ready: Movement Conference sharing various Asian speakers on topics of hope, healing, and accountability.
The Wake Up
Michelle MiJung Kim (@michellekimkim) is the author of The Wake Up, a guiding framework towards transforming our role through thoughtful solidarity. Michelle explores the complexities of our world in pursuit of equity and justice.
National Alliance on Mental Illness
NAMI (@namicommunicate) is the National Alliance on Mental Illness providing help for AAPI families. NAMI acknowledges all backgrounds from first to second-generation AAPI immigrants, concerns for insufficient health insurance coverage, to alternative traditional healing practices. Discover their support groups and psychoeducation programs on NAMI.