Asian Americans are perceived as a uniformly well-educated racial group with high professional success rates. Young Asian Americans are usually assumed by their peers to be exemplary high achievers with few or even no psychological challenges due to stereotypes of Asian Americans as excelling academically while not exhibiting many emotions. However, Asian American students have higher rates of suicidal thoughts and other mental health problems. Asian Americans are among the least likely of all racial groups to utilize mental health services.
The presentation will discuss the unique individual, familial, cultural and societal factors that are related to Asian American youths and young adults’ mental health, and explore multi-tiered interventions to destigmatize mental health issues and increase mental health literacy in the Asian American community.