OCC is so grateful to Oregon Health Authority (OHA) with a very generous grant to tackle mental and behavioral health crisis under pandemic in Chinese American community. We will use the grant to make a big push in the community to look into mental health issues and come out with solutions that can last beyond grant period.
Peer support can be an important tool in helping children and youth overcome personal challenges they are facing at school or at home. Our Peer Advisors are available to provide encouragement and resources to help their peers create goals and navigate stressful situations and experiences, and they are also available to simply provide an empathetic ear.
Pen Pal Program
The pen pal program provides another opportunity for the community youth to get connected. The participants will be able to reach out to the peers from another school or another side of town on any subjects that may be schoolwork related or mental and physical wellbeing in general. The pen pal program opens to all middle school and high school students.
Weekly Talk on Mental Health
We will host weekly talks on mental health by inviting professionals in the field till end of 2020.
Request for Paid Visits to Licensed Mental Health Providers
For office/virtual visits only and possibly outpatient treatment. You are encouraged to get the fee estimate first and contact us for securing the funding. However, contacting us beforehand is not mandatory. Funding will be available for services dated before 12/31/2020.
Reimbursement Form (Category: Visits to Mental Health Providers)
Financial Assistance Programs
Some funding is available specifically for the families suffered from mental illnesses.
Books on Mental Health
We have purchased books on mental health based on the recommendations from professionals and readers in the community. All the books are distributed to anyone who have requested.
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Other Useful Resources
YouthLine, a free and confidential teen-to-teen crisis and help line.
How to Get Help in Portland, Oregon
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI): National, Oregon, Multnomah County, Washington County, Clackamas County
National Institute of Mental Health
Advocating and Planning for a Behavioral Health Peer Support Program
According to the National Latino and Asian American Study, Asian Americans have a 17.3% lifetime rate of mental illness, yet Asian Americans are three times less likely to seek mental health treatment than Whites. Youth with mental health conditions are particularly vulnerable, because they often experience overwhelming barriers, such as stigma and shame. In fact, in 2017, suicide was the leading cause of death for Asian Americans ages 15 to 24. Youth mental and behavioral health among the Chinese American community is a serious problem, and it has only been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. The time to address mental health within the Chinese American community is long overdue, which is why we seek to make our Peer Advisory Program a priority within our work.
There are many causes for the development of mental illnesses, but the parental pressure to succeed in academics continues to be a leading cause for mental illness among Chinese American youth. The harmful “model minority” stereotype creates additional pressure on Chinese American youth to succeed both within and outside of school. Other causes include:
• Difficulty in balancing two different cultures and developing a bicultural sense of self
• Family obligations based on strong traditional and cultural values
• Racial or cultural discrimination
Mental health stigma continues to persist in Chinese culture, particularly among parents and elders. As a result, Chinese American youth tend to dismiss or deny mental health symptoms, preventing them from seeking help from trusted adults and mental health professionals.
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