Announcements:

NYCAAMH stands in solidarity with our Black communities

The New York Coalition for Asian American Mental Health (NYCAAMH) condemns the recent brutal killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and numerous people of color, and stands in solidarity with Black communities to fight against racism and social injustice.

 

NYCAAMH is dedicated to supporting Asian Americans, particularly with the increased incidents of discrimination and racism during the COVID-19 pandemic. We believe that these xenophobic issues are part of deeply rooted structural racism and violence; these issues impact all minority groups and people of color in our society.

 

We must work to simultaneously counter both anti-Asian and anti-Black narratives. We believe that silence, especially among minority racial groups in the U.S.,has always been used as a tool by people in power, to benefit people in power. Rather than stay silent and remain complacent with existing injustices, we urge you to join us in elevating the voices of Black communities who have experienced over four centuries of oppression and racism.

 

We call upon members of NYCAAMH to act responsively through the following ways:

  1. Reflect and learn our own biases, racial identity, and experiences of injustices. Through critical reflection, determine ways to use our shared history and experiences to stand in solidarity. For additional support and conversation, we are committed to hold biweekly Peer Supervision and Planning/Organizing meetings to use our shared history and our unique strengths to grow individually and mobilize collectively. (Please check our website and Facebook Group for details).

 

  1. Sign and share “smart” petitions at theactionpac.com. With each signature, a letter is automatically sent to the appropriate state officials and attorneys responsible for each case. (The Action Pac petitions can also be signed at: justiceforbigfloyd.com; standwithbre.com; runwithmaud.com)

 

  1. Vote for local and state candidates who hold an anti-oppressive, anti-racist lens in their work, in the upcoming June primary election and November election in NYC. (mail-in absentee ballots can be requested due to COVID-19).

 

Our work will continue, and we hope you will join us in these efforts to fight against systemic oppression and stand with Black Lives.

 

Additional Resources:


Hope everyone is staying safe and healthy.  In lieu of our bimonthly newsletter, we are sending you periodic and time-sensitive announcements that may be of interests to you during the Covid-19 pandemic.  If there are virtual events and resources that will benefit the Asian American mental health community, please send the information to nycaamh@yahoo.com.


COVID-19 Resources

1. How to report COVID-19 based discrimination or hate crime:

  • Dial 311 in NYC.
  • Contact the New York Attorney General’s office at 1-800-711-7755, or email civil.rights@ag.ny.gov
  • Contact the FBI at fbi.gov/tips

 

2. Report Bias Incidents and Hate Crimes

Anti-Asian Bias Reporting Form – The Asian American Federation (AAF) created a site where people can report bias incidents and hate crimes in English and 7 Asian languages. We’re encouraging our 70 member and partner agencies to spread the word to their clients and help them complete the forms if needed.

 

3. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC):

“Discrimination against Asian American workers amidst COVID-19 is illegal”

https://asamnews.com/2020/03/30/discrimination-against-asian-american-workers-amidst-covid19-coronavirus-pandemic-is-illegal-reminds-eeoc-chair-750-reports-of-bias-hate-crimes/ 

 

4. Tips for Self Care among Asian Americans dealing with Racism during Covid-19 Pandemic:

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/self-care-advice-asian-americans_l_5e83a656c5b6a1bb764f0e45

 

5.  Samaritans has launched its Mental Health Wellness Support Line

This a new service that has been developed where, instead of people calling us, we call them. Utilizing a different phone number from the hotline, individuals who are in distress, feeling overwhelmed, isolated, depressed or are having trouble coping with the many challenges and difficulties presented by the pandemic, can call to arrange for a ‘wellness” call from a Samaritans Hotline Volunteer.

How it works: Anyone who is interested in receiving a Mental Health Wellness Support call, should call the request line at (212) 673-3661 and leave a message with their name and phone number and a period of time that they can be reached, no sooner than 24 hours from when they leave the message. And a member of Samaritans staff will call.

 

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Our Mission

The New York Coalition for Asian Mental Health (NYCAAMH) strives to improve the quality of mental health care services in Asian American communities throughout the New York metropolitan area. Our mission is to address the unmet mental health care needs and service disparities of the Asian American population through advocacy, community service, professional development and collaboration with government and local service providers.

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