For Asian Americans Bearing Racism’s Psychological Toll, Mental Health Experts Have Advice

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Demand for mental health support is surging in the wake of violence and racism against Asian American and Pacific Islander communities around California. (iStock)

Asian American mental health care providers in California are seeing an increase in demand for services in the wake of surging anti-Asian hate incidents, and the killings last month of six Asian women in the Atlanta area. The requests are notable for a community that’s been least likely of all racial groups to seek out mental health services. We take a deeper look at the heavy emotional and psychological toll of anti-Asian racism and what can be done to remove barriers to care.



Carolee Tran, professor, UC Davis; clinical psychologist; author, “The Gifts of Adversity: Reflections of a Psychologist, Refugee, and Survivor of Sexual Abuse"

Linda Yoon, therapist and licensed clinical social worker; founder, Yellow Chair Collective

Josie Huang, Asian American communities correspondent, KPCC

Sarah Mizes-Tan, race and equity reporter, CapRadio

Anna Mok, board president, Ascend