On Friday, October 10, 2014, Asian Counseling Coordinator, Dr. Aileen Lee, of South Shore Mental Health joined a group of panelists at Harvard Law School to discuss the perception of mental illness within Asian American cultures. Sponsored by the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association and the Harvard Law School Student Mental Health Association, the event attracted more than 50 students and faculty who gathered to hear about community efforts to destigmatize mental illness and increase access to mental health resources for Asian American and Asian immigrant students.
Harry Shulman, SSMH President and CEO said, “It’s important to recognize and consider how cultural views on mental illness present distinct challenges to its diagnosis and treatment. Our Asian Community Counseling Services professionals offer a multidisciplinary approach to therapy, and work alongside local organizations, including Quincy Asian Resources, Inc., to help students and families assimilate –leading to healthier, happier lives.”
Since 1926, South Shore Mental Health has been building hope and changing lives for children born with developmental disabilities, and children, teens, and adults living with mental illness. Today, we have more than 700 employees based in Quincy, Marshfield, Plymouth, and Wareham, and our non-profit early intervention and mental health treatment and recovery programs reach 16,000 people from Boston to Cape Cod each year.
APALSA is a political, academic, community service, and social group dedicated to fostering a supportive atmosphere for Asian Pacific American students at Harvard Law School. APALSA strives to promote a greater understanding of Asian Pacific American issues and culture, serve as a vehicle for Asian Pacific American political activity, and provide a social and academic network for Asian Pacific Americans and the Harvard Law School community. Visit http://www3.law.harvard.edu/orgs/apalsa/ for more.
The Harvard Law School Student Mental Health Association provides support and community at the student level. They work to incorporate discussions about mental illness into daily life on campus, raising awareness of what mental illness means for those who live with it, as well as what resources exist through the University and the Dean of Students Office. Visit http://www3.law.harvard.edu/orgs/smha/ to learn more.