We are deeply saddened by the recent violence against Asian Americans. The effects of racial trauma on mental health cannot be overstated. We reached out to Massachusetts Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) leaders and compiled a list (below) of mental health resources by and for the community.
NAMI Mass is also joining with the Asian and Pacific Islanders Civic Action Network (APIs CAN) in calling on local, state, and federal governments to:
- Support robust and responsive crisis intervention resources, including in-language support for mental health, legal, employment, and immigration services;
- Center transformative justice that begins with cross racial dialogue and community-building that address white supremacy as the root cause of violence and hate;
- Fund non-law enforcement strategies that invest in communities of color to address long-term systemic racism and extreme inequality — jobs, housing, immigration, healthcare, and education. To end violence, we must ensure our people have the resources and opportunities they need to lead dignified lives; and
- Focus on survivors’ needs to ensure victims and survivors of all backgrounds and language abilities receive full supportive multilingual and culturally appropriate services so they can recover and heal.
updated March 25, 2021
Massachusetts Asian + Pacific Islanders (MAP) for Health
Massachusetts Asian + Pacific Islanders (MAP) for Health provides health counseling and support, referral and screening services, and general health promotion and advocacy for API LGBTQ+ youth in the Boston metro area and beyond. They host virtual Asian Pride drop-ins, socials, webinars, and more.
Asian Women for Health
Asian Women for Health is a peer-led, community-based network dedicated to advancing Asian women’s health and wellness through education, advocacy, and support.
Asian Mental Health Collective
Listening Session Request Form (use to set up a time to speak to someone one-to-one)
The Asian Mental Health Collective works to normalize and de-stigmatize mental health within the Asian community. They offer resource lists, a therapist directory, podcasts, and more.
Subtle Asian Mental Health
A Facebook page and forum for Asian mental health conversations, connection, support – offered by the Asian Mental Health Collective.
Japanese Bostonians Support Line
JBSL English language site
781-296-1800: weekdays 10 am – 4 pm, available in English and Japanese
The Japanese Bostonians Support Line (JB Line) supports members of the Japanese community in New England with problems they face in their daily lives by providing consultation, giving them needed information, offering them direct support services, or connecting them with other social resources.
Asian LifeNet Hotline
1-877-990-8585: 24/7/365, available in Cantonese, Mandarin, Japanese, Korean, Fujianese
Hotline for people who are thinking about suicide or those who are worried about someone else.