7th Annual Asian Mental Health Forum: Weaving our many identities into well-being

  • Soloman Carter Fuller Mental Health Center 85 East Newton Street Boston, MA, 02118 United States

This year's Asian American Mental Health Forum is organized by a coalition of providers, advocates and community researchers to address the often overlooked and stigmatized issue of mental health in the Asian American community.  Each year the forum provides a context for networking, collaboration and education for participants to bring back to their work in various communities that focus on principles of recovery and resiliency for the wellness of individuals and their families in the Asian American community. 

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Objectives:

  • Describe the role personal identities - such as religious, LGBTQ, multi-racial, adoptee and/or immigrant generational status - play in mental health wellness in addition to race and cultural background within the Asian American community;
  • Identify at least 2 mental health issues particular to Asian American refugee communities;
  • Describe at least 2 ways in which non-traditional therapeutic approaches such as laughter yoga, spoken word and collage help individuals express self and identity;
  • Identify at least 2 issues in connection with cross-generational mental health treatment;
  • Identify alliances which exist and describe how one can become a supportive ally to individuals;
  • Identify how to express one's own multiple identities through artistic and intellectual expression.