Asian and Pacific American Mental Health Day 2021

In honor of Asian and Pacific American Mental Health Day, Richmond Area Multi-Services, Inc. (RAMS) proudly presented Making Time: Wellness Practices across Asian American & Pacific Islander Communities, a free virtual event open to the public on May 10. From 9:30am – 4:00pm, guests engaged in panel discussions, a Bhangra dance workshop, Chinese integrative medicine, Zen-inspired meditative art, and Samoan dance. 

In light of the pandemic and surge in anti-Asian violence, many in the API community may struggle to find peace and hope in their homes. With Making Time: Wellness Practices across Asian American & Pacific Islander Communities, RAMS shared tips to maintain mental wellness and assure attendees that there should be no shame or stigma around mental health. Although the event showcases wellness practices across different API cultures, all individuals of any background are welcome to attend. 

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About Asian and Pacific American Mental Health Day

May is established nationally as both Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month and Mental Health Awareness month. In 2010, RAMS spearheaded the effort to establish May 10 as the Asian Pacific American Mental Health Day in the State of California and the City and County of San Francisco. APA Mental Health Day has since been established in other cities like Austin, Texas. At the confluence of both Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month and Mental Health Awareness month, APA Mental Health Day recognizes the importance of raising awareness about mental health and promoting mental wellness in the Asian and Pacific Islander community.

Where We Come From: 31 Days of API Heritage

In celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in May 2021, RAMS will launch the project: Where We Come From: 31-Days of API Heritage. For every day of May, RAMS will release a 2-minute video with messages of unity and celebration of API culture. 

This year, in light of the surge in anti-Asian racism and violence, we celebrate the cultural contributions of API communities, including the rich tapestry of stories and memories in the Bay Area. Through storytelling from both API and non-API individuals, RAMS will show how beautifully diverse our communities are, and how truly universal our experiences can be.

RAMS is proud to be a part of the greater San Francisco community where so many people have been eager to send messages of unity with the API community. Public officials, community partners, RAMS staff, and many others have volunteered their time and voices in celebration of the many peoples who comprise San Francisco’s API community. Below is a list of just a few of our speakers and storytellers:

  • San Francisco Mayor, London Breed
  • SF District 1 Supervisor, Connie Chan
  • SF District 2 Supervisor, Catherine Stefani
  • SF District 4 Supervisor, Gordon Mar
  • SF District 6 Supervisor, Matt Haney
  • SF District 10 Supervisor, Shamann Walton
  • SF District 11 Supervisor, Ahsha Safaí
  • Chief of Police, William Scott
  • Executive Director of the Japantown Task Force, Steve Nakajo
  • Marin County’s Director of Behavioral Health and Recovery Services, Jei Africa
  • SF Small Business Commissioner, William Ortiz -Cartagena

Please view the daily videos on the following RAMS social media platforms (below) and share them with your vast networks. Please share these videos and our social media pages as the San Francisco community spreads messages of unity with the API community. 

 

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