COVID-19 has had a profound impact on the mental health of countless individuals, including Asian and Pacific Islanders (API). For some it may spark an old trauma and PTSD associated with being a refugee or immigrant. Some may experience severe depression due to the loss of a job or isolation from one’s support system because of social distancing. Sadly, there also continues to be the emotional trauma brought on by racist attacks on API.
In honor of May as both Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and Mental Health Awareness Month, join this national round table to discuss the mental health impact of COVID-19 on API communities. While we must address the serious problems our communities are facing, it is also important to celebrate who we are as APIs – this, too, is mental health.