Mental Health in Asian and Pacific Islander Populations: Challenges, Resources, Community Voices - NAMI California (2023)

Impacts and challenges on mental health

Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) are an integral part of the American cultural mosaic, which includes a wide range of diversity. AAPI communities consist of approximately 50 ethnic groups speaking over 100 languages, with connections to Chinese, Indian, Japanese, Filipino, Vietnamese, Korean, Hawaiian, and other Asian and Pacific Islander origins.

Over 24 million Americans, or7,3%of the US population, is AAPI. however, approxtwo thirdsof the population identifies with their specific ethnicity or country of origin.

Ethnic and community identity is considered a notable protective factor for mental health for many AAPIs. A sense of community identity, connections, belonging, and family ties is a strong predictor of resilience in the face of life's challenges. In fact, studies have shown that a strong sense of national identity is linkedreduce the risk of suicideand predictshigher durabilityin the face of racial discrimination, which is, unfortunately, an issue for many in this population.

On the other hand, second-generation AAPI immigrants may face challenges to cultural identity, struggling to balance their family ties to traditional cultural values ​​with the pressure to assimilate into mainstream American society. In addition, the emphasis on community identity can create a strong burden of expectations, which can increase stigma and shame if an individual does not live up to these expectations.

Barriers to Mental Health Care

AAPIs have itlower help-seeking rateof any racial/ethnic group, with only 23.3% of AAPI adults with mental illness receiving treatment in 2019. This is due to the many systemic barriers to accessing mental health care and quality treatment. It may also be due to stigma and a lack of culturally relevant and comprehensive care that addresses mental health in a more holistic way. These disparities can lead to worsening symptoms and lower quality of life due to lack of or delayed treatment.

Language barriers
Over13 millionUS residents were born in Asia, accounting for over 30% of the total foreign-born population in the country. In total,32,6%of AAPI Americans are not fluent in English, and proficiency rates vary among specific subgroups: 44.8% of Chinese, 20.9% of Filipinos, and 18.7% of Asian Indians are not fluent in English. Additionally,60%of AAPIs age 65 and older have limited English proficiency. The difference between high demand andpoor availabilityof linguistically and culturally appropriate mental health service providers is a significant gap in access to treatment.

Stigma and Shame
According to recentSAMSHA Research, compared to other racial and ethnic groups, AAPIs are more likely to report the following reasons for not receiving mental health treatment:

  • I didn't want others to know
  • Confidentiality issues
  • Fear of the negative opinions of neighbors

A lack of understanding about mental illness and the stigma associated with mental health issues can lead to denial or neglect of mental health issues, especially among first-generation AAPI immigrants. Concepts of shame and “loss of face” are an important factor in understanding low service utilization among AAPI individuals.

Mental illness is often seen as a weakness or a sign of poor parenting and a source of shame not only for the individual, but for the entire household. The desire to protect the family's reputation can often discourage help-seeking until there is a crisis.

The Standard Myth of the Minority
Asian American communities are burdened with the "model minority" stereotype, a widespread and misleading assumption that portrays AAPIs as uniformly well-adjusted, achieving greater socioeconomic success than other minority groups through a strong work ethic, conformity to social norms, and academic excellence. The fact is that the AAPI community iswide varietyin subgroups in rates of socio-economic challenges, health and mental health. The social and family pressure that creates this illusionstereotypecan prevent community members from seeking mental health care.

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Inadequate Health Insurance Coverage
Concerns about the high cost of mental health care also lead to lower rates of help-seeking and adherence to treatment. Some groups within the AAPI community face disparities in coverage — Native Hawaiians or other Pacific Islanders (NHOPIs) have a higher rate of uninsured9,3%, compare to6,8%for Asian American communities in 2018.

Immigration status
Some AAPI immigrants may not seek needed mental health care for fear of jeopardizing their immigration status or citizenship application process.

Faith and Spirituality
Faith and spirituality have important influences on mental health, especially for the AAPI community wherereligious diversityis a distinct characteristic, and more people identify as Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim, or other religious beliefs than the US average.

Faith communities often offer a built-in social support system. However, religious communities may perpetuate stigma around mental illness that can delay treatment. For example, characterizing mental illness as divine punishment, bad karma, disturbed flow of vital energy, or imbalance of essential elements within the body. This is especially true for AAPI families who first turn to their religious leaders for mental health support.

Alternatives to treatment
Traditional/non-Western medicine or indigenous healing practices, which often emphasize the integration of mind and body in maintaining health and promoting healing, remain popular forms of mental health intervention in some AAPI communities. These practices include, but are not limited to:

  • Traditional Chinese medicine
  • Ayurveda (the traditional medicine of India)
  • Japanese herbal medicine
  • Tibetan medicine
  • Acupuncture
  • Massage therapy
  • Folk nutritional therapy
  • Energy healing exercises (such as tai chi and qi gong)
  • Guided meditation
  • Spiritual healing

Some AAPIs, especially first-generation immigrants, consider traditional/non-Western medicine their primary treatment rather than a complementary treatment. This can result in delaying or not seeking mental health care.

Challenges in Research
Insufficient research on AAPI communities often leads to an inaccurate picture of the experience and needs of these communities. Because of the wide diversity of the community as a whole and the relatively small population sizes of specific cultural subgroups, it may be difficult to obtain adequate samples or to generalize about the needs of this population.

Despite these challenges, researchers and clinicians haveprogressrecently in bridging the quality treatment gap by exploring culturally relevant interventions for AAPI individuals. One example is the first one funded by the NIHstudythat tested a form of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) tailored for Chinese Americans seeking psychotherapy.

Culturally Competent Care

Culturally competent providers understand each individual's values, experiences, and personal beliefs and strive to provide services that support their goals and align with their cultural values. When a person is struggling with their mental health, it is essential that they receive quality and culturally competent care in order to improve outcomes.

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Given the tremendous diversity of AAPI groups, culturally competent providers for these communities often demonstrate a strong desire to establish a trust-based therapeutic relationship with the individuals they treat through effective listening and a willingness to learn. They can understand and work with people to address concerns about medication, such as fear of side effects. A culturally competent provider can also demonstrate knowledge and recognition of “culturally bound syndromes," such as:

  • “Hwa-byung” – Korean syndrome similar to DSM-5 major depression
  • "Taijin kyofyusho" - Japanese disorder similar to DSM-5 social phobia
  • "Shenjing shuairuo" - Chinese term forneurasthenia

While we recommend seeking help from a mental health professional, a primary care professional can be a great place to start for an initial evaluation or to get a referral for a recommended mental health professional.

When meeting with a provider, ask questions to get a sense of their level of cultural sensitivity. Providers expect and welcome questions from their patients, as this helps them better understand what is important in their treatment. Here are some questions to ask:

  • Have you treated other AAPI people?
  • Have you received training in AAPI cultural competency or mental health?
  • How do you see our cultural background affecting my communication and healing?

Whether you seek help from a primary care professional or a mental health professional, you should complete your sessions with health professionals who feel heard and respected. You might want to ask yourself:

  • Did my provider communicate with me effectively?
  • Is my provider willing to integrate my beliefs, practices, identity, and cultural background into my treatment plan?
  • Did I feel I was treated with respect and dignity?
  • Do I feel that my provider understands and relates well to me?

The relationship and communication between a person and their mental health provider is a key aspect of treatment. It is very important that a person feels that their identity is understood by their provider in order to receive the best possible support and care.


If finances prevent you from getting help, contact a local health or mental health clinic or local government to see what services you qualify for. Contact information can be found online at or by calling the National Treatment Referral Helpline at 800-662-HELP (4357).

If you or your loved one does not speak English or speaks limited English, you have the right to receive language access services at federally funded institutions, as well as the right to request a trained interpreter and receive information in your language.

Mental Health Association for Chinese Communities

Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) — Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders
ADAA is an international non-profit organization dedicated to the prevention, treatment and cure of anxiety, depression, OCD, PTSD and co-occurring disorders through education, practice and research. Has a dedicated webpage for AAPI resources and research information.

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Asian American Health Initiative (AAHI)
AAHI is a health and wellness initiative of the Montgomery County, Maryland Department of Health and Human Services. Its website is available in four Asian languages: Traditional Chinese, Hindi, Korean and Vietnamese.

Asian American Psychological Association (AAPA)
AAPA is a San Francisco-based nonprofit organization of Asian American mental health professionals with a mission to advance the mental health and well-being of Asian American communities through research, professional practice, education, and policy.

Asian Collective Mental Health
A new global non-profit organization with a mission to normalize and destigmatize mental health in the Asian community through projects such as a Facebook group, resource library, video web series, and meetup groups.

American Asian and Pacific Islander Health Forum (APIAHF)
Founded in 1986, APIAHF influences policy, mobilizes communities, and strengthens programs and organizations to improve the health of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders.

Asian Pride Project
The Asian Pride Project is a non-profit organization that celebrates the journeys, triumphs and struggles of LGBTQ people and Asian Pacific Islander (API) families and communities through the use of the arts — film, video, photography and writing discourse — as a means of social justice and advocacy.

Chinese American Sunshine House
A Brooklyn-based non-profit organization that provides outreach programming and education workshops to Chinese American families.

Chinese for affirmative action (CAA)
CAA advocates for systemic change that protects immigrant rights, promotes linguistic diversity, and heals racial and social injustice.

Every mind matters
Guide to Mental Health Support for Chinese American Communities.

Empowerment of queer and trans Asian Pacific Islanders.

Mental Health America
Asian American/Pacific Islander communities and mental health.

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Mental Health Association for Chinese Communities (MHACC)
MHACC is a California-based non-profit organization with a mission to raise mental health awareness in the Chinese community through advocacy, education, research and support.

MedlinePlus is a free service provided by the National Institutes of Health's National Library of Medicine that presents high-quality, relevant health and wellness information in multiple languages, including approximately 20 AAPI languages.

National Asian American Islander Mental Health Association (NAAPIMHA)
NAAPIMHA is a non-profit organization with a mission to promote the mental health and well-being of Asian American and Pacific Islander communities.

National Queer Asian Islander Alliance (NQAPIA)
NQAPIA is a federation of Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander (AAPI) lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender organizations.

Psychology Today
Psychology Today's directory provides a comprehensive and searchable directory of therapists, psychiatrists, and treatment facilities throughout the United States, and includes a directory of Asian therapists.

A California-based nonprofit organization that provides mental health education, support and advocacy to Vietnamese-American families.

Note: The resources included here are not endorsed by NAMI and NAMI is not responsible for the content or service provided by any of these resources.

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What cultural factors affect mental health? ›

Ethnicity, race, and religious and family values are a few examples of influences that form the basis of culture. The experience and manifestation of mental illness are influenced by an individual's social and cultural background.

What is the biggest cause of stigma in mental health? ›

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What do Asians believe about health and illness? ›

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Which ethnicity has the most mental health issues? ›

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What country has the biggest problem with mental health? ›

Mental Health Statistics by Country
#CountryDepression Rate
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Are Asians more prone to anxiety? ›

The results showed that Asian-Americans reported higher levels of social anxiety than white Americans in both interview and written conditions.

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How mental illness is treated in Asia? ›

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The harmful effects of stigma

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EuropeanCystic Fibrosis SMA
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What is the number one leading mental illness? ›

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What is the number 1 stigmatized condition? ›

The multiple consequences of stigma

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What ethnicity is at highest risk for depression? ›

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Which ethnicity has the most depression? ›

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What state has the most mental illness? ›

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What is the biggest mental health problem in the United States? ›

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What ethnicity is most affected by anxiety? ›

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What ethnicity has the most anxiety? ›

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What ethnicity has the highest rate of anxiety? ›

Native Americans or those who identified as one or more race had the highest rate of moderate to severe anxiety, with 83% of those screened reporting moderate to severe symptoms. Almost half, 46% of those who identified as Native American reported having thoughts of suicide and self-harm.

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  • post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

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Unaddressed mental health issues can have a negative influence on homelessness, poverty, employment, safety, and the local economy.

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How can we improve community mental health? ›

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  4. Taking ownership of your life. ...
  5. Meditate. ...
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  8. Avoid drugs and alcohol.

What can a community do to help prevent mental illness? ›

What changes can society make to prevent mental health problems?
  1. helping parents nurture their children.
  2. protecting children from trauma.
  3. educating young people to understand and manage their emotions.
  4. supporting people under a lot of stress at work.
  5. reducing loneliness for older people.
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Isolation can be a risk factor for mental health disorders. Separation from family: Undocumented immigrants can be separated from family and children may be placed in foster homes or other custodial arrangements. Separation from family can be traumatic, especially for children, and can lead to mental health symptoms.

What is one of the most common mental disorders suffered by refugees? ›

About one out of three asylum seekers and refugees experience high rates of depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorders (PTSD)9.

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Results. Interviewees described barriers to care inherent in many refugee settings, including financial limitations, shortages of mental health professionals, disparate geographic accessibility, stigma, and limited or absent screening protocols.


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