Mission

AMHC normalizes and de-stigmatizes mental health within the Asian community.

Vision

AMHC aspires to make mental health easily available, approachable, and accessible to Asian communities worldwide.

Values

  • Connecting our inner selves

  • Creating a supportive and empathetic community

  • Collaborating with mental health professionals, providers, and organizations

  • Celebrating our mental health stories as Asians

Purpose

With the rapid development of and focus on personal well-being in individualistic societies, people are now more aware of the detrimental effects of poor mental health and mental illnesses than ever before.
However, as members of the Asian Diaspora, there are often strong cultural underpinnings related to our mental health experiences that go unaddressed. Mental health issues do not exist in individuals only, and this is especially true for those who come from cultures that value collectivism. Experiences shaped by cultural ideals that value face, achievement, and filial piety are interwoven in the fabric of our understanding of the world. Intertwined with generations of exposure to trauma, these ideals, while not inherently unhealthy, are often expressed in ways that create dissonance for the children of the diaspora who live in increasingly globalized societies. It is apparent that there is a generational and cultural rift in many Asian families, with mental health woven through both overt confrontations and unspoken grievances as a result.
AMHC hopes to help bridge those divides.
We do not need, or want, to do away with centuries of beloved culture and tradition for the sake of mental health. We at AMHC believe in integrating our shared backgrounds with the progressive ideals of emotional well-being and mental health - expressing collectivist ideals while respecting the agency of the individual. It all begins with understanding. Through projects such as our Facebook group, resource library, video web-series, and meetup groups, we hope to not only provide mental health support, but also facilitate the difficult conversations we need to have to move forward together.

AMHC's 2023 Annual Review

2023 was AMHC’s busiest year of progress and improvement to date. Between doubling the value of our Lotus Therapy Fund, hosting hundreds of community support hours, and growing our therapist directory to over 2,600 providers, we’ve been hard at work making good on our founding mission: normalize and de-stigmatize Asian mental health.

 

You can check out our annual review below (opens in new tab). Please consider donating if you are able to support what we do for our communities!

Who We Are

The Asian Mental Health Collective is led by a team of passionate and dedicated mental health professionals, advocates, and community leaders.

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Ayesha Meer

Executive Director

Western South Dakota, USA
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Christopher Vo, LMFT

Chief of Operations

Houston, TX, USA
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Kaila S. Tang, LCSW

Chief of Programming

Atlanta, GA, USA
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Lisa Cheng, M.S.W.

Chief of Human Resources

Chicago, IL, USA
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Christian De Luna, M.A.

Chief of Strategy

Sunnyvale, CA, USA
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John Dorris

Chief of Technology

Atlanta, GA, USA
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Laura Luo

Chief of Finances

New York, NY, USA
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Jeanie Y. Chang
LMFT, CCTP, CIMHP

Board Chairperson

Raleigh, NC, USA
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Krystle Canare

Board Vice-Chair

Waldorf, MD, USA
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DJ Chuang

Board Member

Orange County, CA, USA
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James Wu

Board Member

Brooklyn, NY, USA
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Linda Thai, LMSW

Board Member

Alaska, USA
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