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NAMI Hosts Meeting on Asian American and Pacific Islander Mental Health

Recovery for All

 Participants of the NAMI Asian American and Pacific Islander Mental Health Listening Session Los Angeles, Nov. 5, 2010

December 2010

Multicultural Action Center Highlights of 2010

For several years, NAMI has worked with leaders within Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities on pertinent mental health issues. The NAMI AAPI Leaders Group was created to guide this work to address the need to reduce stigma and increase access, quality and cultural/linguistic competence of mental health services and supports for AAPI communities across the country. With the desire to reenergize our efforts, the Multicultural Action Center hosted an AAPI Mental Health Listening Session in Los Angeles in early November.

The meeting brought together 20 individuals representing perspectives in research, service provision and lived experience with mental illness (personal or family member) and other leaders in the AAPI mental health arena. In gathering the variety of perspectives and expertise, the primary objectives were to elicit the expert advice in the following areas in regard to AAPI communities:

  • current priority issues in AAPI mental health;
  • best practices and opportunities to improve access and quality of treatment; and 
  • recommendations for NAMI to boost engagement and support.

In January 2011, the Multicultural Action Center will release the proceedings report of this meeting which will provide opportunities for continued collaboration and direct NAMI’s next steps for resource development, support and engagement. One of the ways participants of the listening session will continue to advise NAMI is through the AAPI Leaders Group.

Contact us for more information or to join the AAPI Leaders Group. Click here to view NAMI’s resources on AAPI mental health.