Anti-Bullying Poster Contest

anti bullying contest

The National Asian American Pacific Islander Mental Health Association (NAAPIMHA), East Coast Asian American Student Union (ECAASU), National APIA Panhellenic Association (NAPA), and OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates invite you to submit original artwork for the Friends DO Make A Difference Campaign. The intent of the campaign is to raise awareness around bullying issues among Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders. We encourage you to create a poster that incorporates your experience and understanding about bullying and anti-bullying. If selected, the poster will become the face of the 2015 Friends DO Make A Difference Campaign.

We firmly believe in the healing power of art. It helps us tell our stories, express our pain and share our hopes. Your poster can reflect any of these perspectives. When you submit your artwork please write a brief statement about what your poster means to you. If selected it will be made into posters and shared with college campuses and communities throughout the country.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Priya Pandey, ECAASU

Daniel Hoddinott, ECAASU


Minh Lai, NAPA

Tong Thao, OCA–Asian Pacific American Advocates

Submission Guidelines:
-Must be an Original Work.
-Must relate to anti-bullying theme
-Limit to ONE submission per artist.
-Poster Size Must not Exceed 11” x 17”
-Plagiarized Material will be disqualified

Who Can Enter
-Open to anyone over the age of 16.
-No background in Art required.
-Living in the United States.

Submission Method

-1st Place – $100 gift card. You will be flown to Washington DC to attend our May, 2015 Event. Also your poster will be the face of 2015 Friends DO Make a Difference
-2nd Place – $50 gift card and your poster will be featured at our May, 2015 Event in Washington DC.
-3rd Place – $30 gift card and your poster will be featured at our May, 2015 Event in Washington DC.
-4th Place and 5th Place – your poster will be featured at our May, 2015 Event in Washington DC.

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Building Healthy Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Communities


The Achieving Whole Health training provides a creative, interactive and culturally relevant way of improving both health and mental health outcomes for Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islander communities. It fills a critical need by drawing on the strengths of paraprofessional staff and community members to train them to become Wellness Coaches. They learn how to take an active role in improving their own health as well as learning ways to help others. This model can be easily replicated and used with all ages.


Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders continue to experience serious health disparities. They are often isolated due to language and cultural barriers and cannot wait for members of their community to receive their graduate degrees. While excellent providers do exist, they are limited in numbers and are often concentrated in areas of the country with high numbers of AANHPIs, leaving many without adequate services. Unfortunately most intervention strategies still separate mental health and physical health which goes against cultural beliefs that do not separate the mind, body and spirit. Solutions must also include changes in the workforce to fill gaps in the current service delivery system. An additional challenge is finding ways of improving health outcomes at the national level that address the great diversity found between AANHPI communities.


The solutions are in the community. The Achieving Whole Health project is an interactive and creative one day training that helps participants become Wellness Coaches. Trainers help them develop personal health goals that focus on one or more of 10 life domains in the area of mind, body, or spirit. Culture is embedded throughout all activities and individuals are encouraged to come up with their own examples. The intent is to help them be successful. This is particularly important for immigrants or refugees who often feel less than competent due to language and cultural barriers. By empowering community members they can can then engage others and improve health while reducing isolation.


The response to the training has been overwhelmingly positive. Participants felt the training was helpful, culturally relevant and increased their knowledge of how to work effectively with AANHPIs. NAAPIMHA trained over 300 Wellness Coaches in agencies throughout California, as well as Seattle, Denver, Hartford, Boston, Cleveland, Albuquerque, Oahu, Hilo, Lanai and Guam. Several agencies asked to receive training for their entire staff. Participants also report that they have a clearer understanding of how to set realistic goals which is key to being successful. Participants appreciate the fact that it is flexible which allows them to make it relevant for the local community. Agencies have started to develop gardening, healthy cooking and exercise classes. One incorporated it into their existing Loss & Grief support group. “”


This project was designed specifically to help communities find ways to sustain outreach and engagement efforts to improve the health of AANHPIs. Mental health must also be addressed in assessing the overall health of a community, particularly for those which have experienced serious trauma. NAAPIMHA’s goal is to eventually develop a national training program that strengthens local capacity by providing ongoing training and supervision. Agencies can learn through sharing successes and challenges with each other in a peer to peer learning model. By developing common data collecting instruments and sharing lessons learned, they can develop best practices models which can then be used to help secure additional funding for their programs.


Get involved! Being a Wellness Coach can be for anyone, of any age. Healthy individuals build healthy communities…this means being emotionally healthy as well! It’s never too early or too late to learn how to make healthy decisions. Learning how to take care of yourself can be fun. It can involve your friends, your family or your community.

Be creative…..NAAPIMHA can help you get there.

Remember: Eat well, think healthy, be engaged!



DJ Ida


1215 19th St Suite A

Denver, CO 80202

303-298-7910 phone

303-295-2753 fax


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Keeping a Balance Perspective on the Tragic Killings in Santa Barbara, CA

May 28, 2014

RE:  Keeping a balanced perspective on the tragic killings in Santa Barbara, California.

Much has been written over the past few days about another mass killing, this time in Santa Barbara, California. It is ironic and bitterly painful that at the heart the incident is a young Asian American male.  It is ironic because this occurred at the end of Asian Pacific Heritage Month which is dedicated to celebrating the richness of Asian Pacific American heritages and cultures.  It is bitterly painful because Elliot Rodger felt others “thought less of me because I was half-Asian………I was feeling different because I am of mixed race…….which made me different from the normal  fully-white kids that I was trying to fit in with.”  It is doubly ironic because May is also national Mental Health Awareness month yet mental health remains a topic that is still difficult to discuss in many communities.

On May 8th, the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus hosted a community roundtable in Washington DC to listen to the mental health concerns of AANHPI community members, to hear what type of legislation and policies are important to improving the overall mental health and wellbeing of AANHPIs. The next day the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islander, WHIAAPI and the US Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, SAMHSA, hosted an all day meeting with consumers, policy makers, providers and administrators on ways to improve the quality of care for AANHPIs, including redefining what mental health means for diverse populations.

A challenge in writing an article like this is to present a balanced perspective.  One that acknowledges that being bi-racial did influence Elliot Rodger’s sense of self worth without making this an article on being Asian American or bi-racial.  It raises issues around mental health but caution must be made to not see this as further proof that individuals with mental health problems are violent and the simple answer to gun control is to keep guns out of the hands of those with mental health problems. We may never know the whole story but clearly there are complex issues that need to be addressed.

Watching the videos of Rodger are chilling but it is important to get beyond our attempts to understand his need for retribution and assess what brought him to this point.  It is dangerous to play armchair therapist about someone we know about only through the media but his commentary on racism, anger towards women, resentment for not being wealthy, being bullied and feeling isolated raise critical issues that we as a society need to discuss. Mass killings shine a spotlight on the problems for a few days and weeks then fade away until the next sensational story makes the headlines and evening news.  The real tragedy, however, is what goes unnoticed by the public on a day to day basis. It is the emotional and/or physical scars of the person who does not act out but keeps the pain hidden inside.  It is about the violence perpetrated on another, one person at a time.  It is about what happens to Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders, to African Americans, Latinos, and Native Americans, to women, LGBT communities and immigrants.  It is about bullying and being bullied, of surviving traumatic events and looking for answers to what gives meaning to our lives.

Another challenge is finding ways can all become involved.  Experts cannot predict with any certainty who will become violent but they do know the factors that increase the likelihood of preventing violence.  We know that having stable relationships and support, being valued and having opportunities to feel competent are all essential factors in leading healthy lives.  The problem with focusing on mental health is placing the emphasis on the problems, of seeing it in terms of pathology or a diagnosis.  Mental health is also about creating healthy environments, of focusing on a person’s strength.  It is finding ways to engage with each other, of eradicating our own biases around racism, sexism, homophobia, classism and anti-immigrant sentiments.

July is Bebe Moore Campbell Minority Mental Health Awareness month. At the end of July and beginning of August, the National Asian American Pacific Islander Mental Health Association, NAAPIMHA will host a national three day summit on the University of Colorado, Boulder campus. The intent is to develop leadership among Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander college students.  It will build on their Friends DO Make A Difference campaign to help student leaders raise awareness around mental health among AANHPIs on their respective campus.   Congressman Mike Honda, 17th Congressional District of California, founded the Congressional Anti-Bullying Caucus “a bipartisan Caucus comprised of 58 Members of Congress committed to the belief that all communities deserve a safe environment to thrive, and our nation is in urgent need of solutions that eradicate bullying offline and online”.  President Obama signed a Presidential Memorandum establishing the My Brother’s Keeper Task Force” to build ladders of opportunity and unlock the full potential of boys and young men of color”.  These are but a few of the ways you can get involved. NAAPIMHA is also pleased to work alongside fellow members of the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans, a coalition of twenty nine national organizations who continue to address the many issues facing AANHPI communities from health, mental health, substance use, civil rights, housing, economic development, immigration, education, women’s issues, LGBT issues and a host of other concerns.  Mental health impacts each of these topics and in turn is influenced by these issues.  For further information go to;;;;; and

DJ Ida, PhD

Executive Director


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