This May, give the gift of hope.
We are marking Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month and Mental Health Awareness Month by raising money for KCCEB’s Asian Community Wellness Program, which provides free, culturally-rooted counseling to Asian Americans in California who face language and financial barriers to much-needed treatment.
Our goal is to raise $50,000. That’s equivalent to 480 culturally and linguistically competent counseling sessions. Hear directly from a client who received counseling through our Asian Community Wellness program:
The dual-pandemics of COVID-19 and anti-Asian racism have worsened disparities and barriers faced by our communities. Yet, due to the harmful model minority myth and pervasive misconceptions and stigma surrounding mental health, Asian Americans are the least likely of all racial or ethnic groups to seek treatment. Only 25.4% of Asian American adults with a mental illness received treatment in 2021*. Here are some figures that bring light to the reality of Asian American mental health:
This is where KCCEB comes in. Through community education and advocacy, we are de-stigmatizing mental health care. And we are providing free culturally and linguistically appropriate mental health counseling to Asian Americans with limited English proficiency.
Here are some stories about how our Asian Community Wellness program is making a difference**:
As a domestic abuse survivor, Tanya** felt like she had nowhere to turn to. KCCEB staff provided her mental health care and advocated for her well-being, providing translation and support during medical appointments. Tanya now feels empowered to seek out activities that give her purpose, learning new skills and partaking in hobbies that bring her joy.
Mr. Jung** was enduring abuse and neglect from those he depended on the most. He lost all hope and meaning in life, and considered suicide. Through KCCEB’s case management and mental health support services, he has been able to gain financial autonomy, a positive outlook on life, and a drive to help others.
*Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2021 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH)
**The client’s name has been altered to protect their privacy.
Thanks to the generosity of anonymous donors, donations of up to $20,000 made by May 31 will be matched at a 1:2 ratio! Please take a moment now to take advantage of this opportunity to TRIPLE your impact!