Cincinnati AAPI Support Resources
Wajeeh Khan, Sam Burke
Jan 24, 2023
This article was updated May 10, 2023
In light of recent tragedies, we reached out to community groups and mental health professionals to assemble some resources to support those hurting in our community. It’s very common for many in the AAPI community to hide their feelings and trauma. For some, it’s a cultural expectation, and for others, they just don’t know who to turn to or who would understand our experience. The truth is, we need to make it a priority to care for and listen to each other and to support others and feel supported ourselves. We must always remember that no matter how grim or distressing times may be, you are not alone.
THERAPY AND MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES
General Inclusive Therapists
(available via in person or telehealth) These therapists do not specify working with AAPI or specialize in trauma, but they are culturally competent and can meet clients right where they are.
Asian Mental Health Help Finder including Help-lines, Find a Therapist Resources, and Therapist Outreach Template:
Asian Mental Health Collective: US Asian-American Therapist Directory:
Asians for Mental Health AAPI Therapists Directory: https://asiansformentalhealth.com/
SELF CARE RESOURCES
On Processing Collective Trauma, Vicarious Trauma & Grief by Asian Mental Health Collective (AMHC):
Tips for Releasing Grief + Anger from the Body for Asian Americans by Kim Saira:
Collective Trauma Self Check-in by Katrina Niere:
This Breathing GIF by CALM leads you through a breathing exercise to help you control your breathing when you're feeling anxious or having a panic attack: https://bit.ly/breath_ref
BYSTANDER INTERVENTION TRAINING
Right To Be
Being targeted with harassment because of your race, sex, religion, color, gender, size, orientation, disability, age, or origin is demoralizing and can impact our lives in many ways. But being targeted while surrounded by bystanders who see what is happening, but then do nothing, can make us feel even more isolated and alone.
It doesn’t have to be that way.
See Right To Be's schedule of upcoming trainings >>>HERE<<<
AAPI Equity Alliance Resource Guide:
Google Drive Link
National Alliance on Mental Health:
The Mental Health Coalition
Resources for the AAPI community: https://www.thementalhealthcoalition.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/AAPI-MH-Resources_MHC-1.pdf
17 Mental Health Resources for the AAPI community:
Dealing with Intergenerational Trauma in the AAPI community:
Stop AAPI Hate Safety Tips If You Experience or Witness Hate:
Asian Mental Health Project:
Asian Mental Health Collective:
Project Hope - Asian Community Alliance:
Project Hope offers victims of domestic violence, witnesses, and family members the opportunity to be connected to an appropriate community resource.
Mass Shooting and Violence Resources: information and specific strategies to support children who have faced trauma, with links to trauma recovery resources. http://bit.ly/MSVR_ref
Please check in on your close AAPI friends and community members, and remember that it’s okay to slow down and take some time for yourself to process your emotions and practice self-care! We are feeling and grieving with you, Cincinnati.
Many thanks to our friend Tiffany Chin, AASECT-certified therapist; and the rest of our community consultants for their contributions to this article.