We are marking Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month and Mental Health Awareness Month by raising money for KCCEB’s Asian Community Wellness Program, which provides free, culturally-responsive counseling to Asian Americans in California who face barriers to mental health care.
Hear directly from a client who received counseling through our Asian Community Wellness program:
The dual-pandemics of COVID-19 and anti-Asian racism have worsened disparities and barriers faced by our communities. Here are some statistics that shed light on the reality of AAPI mental health:
Due to the harmful model minority myth and pervasive misconceptions and stigma surrounding mental health, Asian Americans are less likely than other racial or ethnic groups to seek treatment. This is where KCCEB comes in. Through community education and advocacy, we are de-stigmatizing mental health care.
Here are some stories about how our Asian Community Wellness program is making a difference*:
As a domestic abuse survivor, Tanya* felt like she had nowhere to turn to. KCCEB staff provided her mental health care and advocated for her well-being, providing translation and support during medical appointments. Tanya now feels empowered to seek out activities that give her purpose, learning new skills and partaking in hobbies that bring her joy.
Mr. Jung* was enduring abuse and neglect from those he depended on the most. He lost all hope and meaning in life, and considered suicide. Through KCCEB’s case management and mental health support services, he has been able to gain financial autonomy, a positive outlook on life, and a drive to help others.
*The client’s name has been altered to protect their privacy.
Our goal is to raise $72,000. That’s equivalent to over 600 culturally and linguistically responsive counseling sessions. We believe that we can reach our goal, but we need your help to get there. Your contribution— whether it's a $5 donation, or just sharing this campaign with your friends and family— can make an impact on someone’s life.
Thanks to our supporters, we have a chance at winning the unique donor challenge, which comes with an additional $12,000 funding towards our culturally responsive mental health program. Will you pitch in $5 to help us secure $12,000?
Every dollar raised by KCCEB during Give in May will support our Asian Community Wellness program, but we won't stop there. Learn about the ways KCCEB serves as a bridge helping individuals get needed resources at critical moments in their lives: