Cincinnati AAPI Support Resources

Wajeeh Khan, Sam Burke

Jan 24, 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.


SUPPORT GROUPS

Asian Mental Health Project Free Virtual Support Group:
Wed 1/25: 7:30pm-8:30pm EST & 9pm-10pm EST
Thurs 1/26: 7:30pm-8:30pm EST
Fri 1/27: 7:30pm-8:30pm EST
Sat 1/28: 7:30pm-8:30pm EST
Sun 1/29: 6:00pm-7:00pm EST
Register in advance >>>here<<<

AAPI Community Grief Circle hosted by Hate Is A Virus - Thursday, January 26th at 6pm PST/8pm EST for AAPI folks
Click >>>HERE<<< to register

AAPI Somatic Healing Circle for Women, with Kim Saira & Cassandra Lam of Collective Rest - Thursday, January 26th 5pm PST/7pm EST
Click >>>HERE<<< to register

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THERAPY AND MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES

Click >>> HERE<<< for Trauma Informed Therapists serving the AAPI community

Click >>> HERE <<< for Trauma Informed Therapists in all of Ohio that serve AAPI and offer Telehealth

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.

Jessica Humphries
Alice Mills Mai
Ashley Lowe-Simmons
Teresa Burk
Julia D'Agostino
Kris Williams
Heather Soto

Asian Mental Health Help Finder including Help-lines, Find a Therapist Resources, and Therapist Outreach Template:
https://asianmentalhealthproject.com/help-finder/

Asian Mental Health Collective: US Asian-American Therapist Directory:
https://www.asianmhc.org/therapists-us/

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):
https://www.instagram.com/p/CeFdKiMoD58/

Tips for Releasing Grief + Anger from the Body for Asian Americans by Kim Saira:
https://www.instagram.com/p/Cnw-UzxpZRM/

Collective Trauma Self Check-in by Katrina Niere:
https://www.instagram.com/p/CnuibDYv4Zn/

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

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BYSTANDER INTERVENTION TRAINING

Right To Be Bystander Intervention Training To Stop Anti-Asian/American And Xenophobic Harassment
Thursday, January 26th, 3:00pm-4:00pm EST:
CLICK >>>HERE<<< FOR MORE INFORMATION


MORE RESOURCES

AAPI Equity Alliance Resource Guide:
Google Drive Link

Changing Tides:
https://thechangingtides.org/ct-stream-request

National Alliance on Mental Health:
https://www.nami.org/Your-Journey/Identity-and-Cultural-Dimensions/Asian-American-and-Pacific-Islander

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:
https://www.verywellmind.com/mental-health-resources-for-asian-pacific-islander-communities-5116843

Dealing with Intergenerational Trauma in the AAPI community:
https://www.verywellmind.com/intergenerational-trauma-in-aapi-communities-5271065

Stop AAPI Hate:
https://stopaapihate.org/
IG: https://www.instagram.com/stopaapihate/

Stop AAPI Hate Safety Tips If You Experience or Witness Hate:
https://stopaapihate.org/safety-tips/

Asian Mental Health Project:
https://asianmentalhealthproject.com/
IG: https://www.instagram.com/asianmentalhealthproject/

Asian Mental Health Collective:
https://www.asianmhc.org/
IG: https://www.instagram.com/asianmentalhealthcollective/

Asians for Mental Health:
https://asiansformentalhealth.com/
IG: https://www.instagram.com/asiansformentalhealth/

Bianca Mabute-Louie (Scholar and Racial Justice Advocate providing racial justice and advocacy resources):
https://biancaml.com/
IG: https://www.instagram.com/beyonkz/

AAPI Women Lead:
https://www.imreadymovement.org/
IG: https://www.instagram.com/aapiwomenlead/

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.
http://asiancommunityalliance.org/portfolio-item/project-hope/

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

Lastly, if you would like to support those who suffered at or because of the Monterey Park shooting, you can do so here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/monterey-park-lunar-new-year-victims-fund

And if you would like to support our local Tokyo Foods Japanese Grocery Store in Evendale, stay-tuned here and to Asianati's social media accounts.

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.

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