2020 Mental Health Summit

Asian Services in Action Inc. (ASIA) is planning a Mental Health Summit on Friday, April 17, 2020 in honor of National Minority Health Month. In the United States, minorities are far less likely to seek treatment for their mental health issues due to cultural barriers and lack of access to corresponding resources. 

Older Americans are especially vulnerable to being exploited by family and fraudsters in recent years and have suffered an average loss of $34,200 according to the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. It is estimated that twenty percent of people aged 55 or older experience some type of mental health concerns including anxiety, severe cognitive impairment, mood disorders, and social isolation, which contribute to mental disorders in older adults. According to the National Latino and Asian American Study conducted in 2010, Asian Americans have about an eighteen percent overall lifetime rate of any mental health disorders, yet they are three times less likely to seek mental health services than Caucasian Americans. Less than nine percent of Asian Americans sought any type of mental health services or resources, compared to almost eighteen percent of the general population. 

In partnership with Recovery Resources and the National Council on Aging (NCOA), we intend to promote mental health awareness among the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community in Cleveland and beyond by providing much-needed resources to individuals and their loved ones who have been affected by mental health problems. During the Mental Health Summit, we will cover topics include Prevention (suicide, financial fraud, gambling, alcohol, drug), Wellness (financial literacy, benefits access, chronic illness, self-care), and Connection (benefits sign-up, resources for mental health, victim of crime, elderly eligible benefit).  

April 17, 2020

9:30 am – 1:00 pm

Contact Fei Li for all inquiries: 216-361-1223