Celebrating Asian American, Pacific Islander Heritage Month
Asian American, Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Join us this May in celebrating Asian American, Pacific Islander Heritage Month! 

Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month is a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. A rather broad term, Asian/Pacific encompasses all of the Asian continent and the Pacific islands of Melanesia (New Guinea, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji, and the Solomon Islands), Micronesia (Marianas, Guam, Wake Island, Palau, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Nauru and the Federated States of Micronesia) and Polynesia (New Zealand, Hawaiian Islands, Rotuma, Midway Islands, Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Cook Islands, French Polynesia and Easter Island). 

The month of May was chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. The majority of the workers who laid the tracks were Chinese immigrants.

MHA National notes that Asian/Pacific American adults are the racial group least likely to seek mental health services - 3 times less likely than their white counterparts. Of AAPI adults with a mental illness, 73.1 percent did not receive treatment compared to 56.7 percent of the overall population.

Let’s continue to do our part in reducing stigma and eliminating disparities for Asian/Pacific Americans! 

For more information and resources please see the links below:

Asian American / Pacific Islander Communities and Mental Health | Mental Health America (mhanational.org)


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