Ms. Li, an 100-year-old senior who endured the strife of World War II to raise seven children, lives in fear that she might be the next target of anti-Asian hate crimes. Ms. Ng, 32, suffers from suicidal thoughts because she cannot bear the anxiety that her teen daughter might be harmed on the streets. These are the stories that we hear every day from the community members who come to us everyday.
From repeated attacks on Asian elders to the more recent shooting that left six Asian women in Atlanta dead, violence against the AAPI communities has escalated over the past year and our community is hurting. Together, we can help our community heal.
At the Academy of Medical & Public Health Services (AMPHS), our Asian immigrant community members have experienced intense economic hardship and loss during the pandemic, and now the spike in hate against Asian Americans has multiplied the fear and anxiety our Asian community members face. In Sunset Park -- often referred to as Brooklyn Chinatown -- our Asian neighbors fear for their safety simply walking to the store. Parents are nervous about sending their children back to school for fear they will be bullied and labeled a “virus.” The anxiety and depression is debilitating, yet unspoken of because of stigma and invisibility. It is even harder for those who are uninsured and unable to seek care. Mental health support for Asian immigrants is sorely lacking but desperately needed.
We are expanding our free mental health services to help our communities overcome the heaviness, fear and anxiety unraveling everyday. We need your support to help our Asian community begin to heal. Your contribution will provide bilingual mental health education, mental health therapy, and peer support groups to our Chinese-speaking neighbors. Our doors are open to everyone -- free of charge, no insurance needed, no questions asked.
With your support, we will be able to connect our Asian neighbors to a safe, culturally-sensitive space for therapy. Please stand with AMPHS in supporting and uplifting our Asian-American community as they continue to fall under attack. Together, we can help our community heal.
*Cover photo art designed by Julia Kestner Designs