About Us

Statement

The National Asian American Pacific Islander Mental Health Association (NAAPIMHA) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. NAAPIMHA’s mission is to promote the mental health and well being of the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. Since its founding, NAAPIMHA strives to raise awareness of the role of mental health in an individual’s health and well-being, especially in Asian American Pacific Islander communities throughout the country.

NAAPIMHA accomplishes this goal by:

  • Working closely with consumers such as developing a statewide consumer network in California
  • Working closely with community-based organizations that address mental health and health related issues
  • Advocating public policy that will improve quality service including the “Ten Guiding Principles of Recovery”
  • Providing technical assistance and training to service providers such as cultural competency training, interpreter training, and clinical training
  • Developing mental health fact sheets in languages such as Hmong, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Mandarin, Thai, and Vietnamese

NAAPIMHA is fighting for the following public policies:

  • Appropriate allocation of funding and resources to mental health (equivalent to that which is allocated for physical health)
  • Healthcare reform — everyone deserves access to affordable and quality care
  • Immigration — fair and reasonable reform, such as the DREAM Act and Family Reunification Act
  • Equal rights for all, including GLBTQI individuals and women

NAAPIMHA firmly believes in the following social justice issues:

  • Suicide prevention among youth
  • Empowering mental health consumers
  • Access to high quality affordable mental health services for all

NAAPIMHA believes that these public policies and social justice issues have direct correlation with mental health. Without equality and justice in our healthcare, immigration, education, and social systems there will be no peace in people’s heart and mind.

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