in honor of both AAPI Heritage Month and Mental Health Awareness Month in May, we commissioned some creators from the Youth Creator Network to create art on mental health in AAPI communities.
Youth Creator Network’s own @cdinhart had this to say about her piece, pictured above: “There... are many reasons why AAPI individuals hesitate to reach out about their mental health—inaccessible mental health services, perhaps, or a lacking support network, or pressure to manage our struggles on our own. Talking about mental health still feels, to me, like making calls with a telephone cable held together by electrical tape. Can anyone hear you? AAPI individuals are 3 times less likely to reach out about mental health than their white counterparts. To overturn the stigma of mental health in our communities, to open doors to accessible and multilingual mental health services, to reach out—would save lives.”