Why Don’t More Asian Americans Seek Mental Health Services?

The Asian American and Pacific Islander (AA/PI) community is the fastest growing racial group in the United States, but the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports that AA/PIs had the lowest rates of mental health utilization compared to every racial group. One study found that only 28% of Asian Americans sought mental health services compared to 54% of the general population.

Because AA/PIs have been known to delay or rarely seek out help for their mental health problems, studies show their conditions are usually more severe and chronic than those of other cultural backgrounds when they do finally receive mental health care. Even so, keep in mind everyone’s mental health journey is unique, and these challenges do not apply to everyone.

Full article at Psychology Today

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