Stop Anti-Muslim Hate

The National Asian American Pacific Islander Mental Health Association, NAAPIMHA, joins its fellow National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA) organizations and countless others who are united in the fight against rising anti-Muslim hate. Recent events give those who are at best ignorant and more often than not, those who hold racist and bigoted ideology, an excuse to act against Muslim, Sikh, Arab and South Asian American communities. To take action against an entire group of people in the guise of “protecting this country” and claims of patriotism actually work against the very values of what this country should stand for.

Negative rhetoric only serves to create an atmosphere of intolerance resulting in increased acts of violence, both physical and emotional. No community should have to worry about their safety, wonder if they are being viewed with suspicion, fear that their children will be taunted and called names or worse. Unfortunately, this is not the first time an Asian American community has been singled out for racist actions. One of the most infamous pieces of legislation passed in this country, which was later deemed to be unconstitutional, was Executive Order 9066. It forcibly removed 120,000 innocent Japanese Americans from their homes on the West Coast and incarcerated them in detention camps on US soil. It reflected the historical anti-Asian sentiment which sadly persists to this day.

A call for similar action against the Muslim, Sikh, Arab and South Asian American communities was raised within hours of the attacks on 9/11 and is once again rearing its ugly head in light of recent events. There is no question that what happened in Paris and San Bernadino was tragic and cannot be allowed to happen again but to think that banning all Muslims from entering this country or taking similar action is the answer is not only short sighted and ill informed, it also fans the flame of hatred which only makes the situation worse.

It is imperative that each of us works to find realistic and credible solutions, not simple platitudes that only serve those who truly do not respect nor value the diversity that adds so much to this country. If we do not defend the rights of others, we only serve to erode the rights for all.

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NAAPIMHA’s New Logo

With great delight and exciting, we are announcing NAAPIMHA’s new logo designed by interTrend

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MoodNetwork.org invites patients to participate and collaborate in studies to advance the understanding and treatment of mood disorders

Boston (May 27, 2015)–MoodNetwork.org, the first patient-powered research network for mood disorders (depression and bipolar disorder), launched its website today. Based at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in Boston, the MoodNetwork will bring together at least 50,000 participants who have experienced mood disorders to collaborate with researchers and clinicians. Participants in the MoodNetwork will have the opportunity to track their progress, share information, ask each other and experts questions, evaluate the effectiveness of treatments and set priorities for research studies.

“The goal of this project is to transform the lives of people who have mood disorders through their active involvement in this study network,” said Andrew A. Nierenberg, MD, principal investigator of the MoodNetwork and director of the Bipolar Clinic and Research Program at MGH. “In addition to forming a new patient community alongside researchers and clinicians, participants will contribute to the largest pool of data ever collected about mood disorders. These data will help people with lived experience of mood disorders, clinicians, and researchers evaluate treatments and help plan and conduct future studies.”

The National Institute for Mental Health estimates that nearly 54 million Americans are affected by depression and bipolar disorder. Mood disorders are complex conditions, and effective treatments can make substantial improvements on the trajectory of these conditions, but clinicians are currently unable to match patients to treatments. More research is needed to create personalized care. The MoodNetwork will not only provide opportunities for people with lived experience of mood disorders to participate in research, but will also engage them in all stages of research – from setting priority questions, to dissemination of results with the ultimate goal of enhancing their empowerment through unprecedented collaboration with the research community.

Key advocacy members of the team include representatives of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA), International Bipolar Foundation (IBPF), Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), National Organization of People of Color Against Suicide (NOPCAS) and most important, the members of these advocacy groups and others who receive care from a wide network of clinicians. This project is funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).

To sign up to participate, or for more information, please visit www.moodnetwork.org

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