SAMHSA Celebrates AANHPI Heritage Month

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is proud to celebrate Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage Month this May. This month is a time to honor the rich diversity and cultural heritage of these communities, and to recognize their invaluable contributions to the United States.

Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage Month provides an opportunity to celebrate the cultural traditions, histories, and achievements of these diverse communities. It also serves as a reminder of the challenges and inequities that many members of these communities continue to face, including disparities in mental health and access to care.

SAMHSA is committed to addressing the unique behavioral health needs of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities. Through culturally competent and trauma-informed care, SAMHSA strives to ensure that individuals from these communities have access to the mental health and substance use services they need.

One of SAMHSA’s key priorities is to support Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities in building culturally responsive and supportive systems of care. This includes promoting awareness and understanding of the cultural, linguistic, and social factors that influence mental health and substance use within these communities.

SAMHSA also works to increase access to evidence-based prevention, treatment, and recovery support services that are tailored to the unique needs and experiences of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander individuals and families. By strengthening partnerships with community-based organizations and cultural and faith-based leaders, SAMHSA aims to ensure that behavioral health services are accessible and responsive to the diverse needs of these communities.

During Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, SAMHSA encourages individuals and organizations to join in celebrating and honoring the cultural richness and resilience of these communities. By raising awareness and understanding of the behavioral health needs of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander populations, we can work together to promote wellness, healing, and equity for all.

SAMHSA recognizes the importance of cultural competence and inclusion in the delivery of behavioral health services, and we remain dedicated to advancing health equity and addressing the behavioral health disparities that impact Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities. As we celebrate this month of heritage and culture, let us commit to supporting and uplifting the mental health and well-being of all individuals and families within these vibrant and diverse communities.

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