Asian Americans less likely to seek therapy, creating roadblocks to mental health care

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By Micah Yason

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May 14, 2024

This story was originally published in WBEZ Chicago.

Asian Americans are three times less likely to seek mental health care compared to white Americans.

Some research suggests that Asian Americans experience higher rates of mental illness and fare worse with their mental health compared to non-Asian people. Data from the National Latino and Asian American Study found that Asian Americans are also less likely to seek mental health services compared to white Americans.

And for those who do attempt to seek out mental health services, they can come up against roadblocks like language barriers, cultural stigma, and even shame.

Reset discusses with a researcher and community builder to better understand what contributes to the problem and learn about an effort to create a space for healing.