Hate hurts. Here’s how to get help. And how to give it.
If you’re dealing with anti–Asian American or anti–Pacific Islander abuse or discrimination:
• The National Asian American Pacific Islander Mental Health Association has a database of national resources plus mental health services for AAPI people in every state.
• The Asian Mental Health Collective also has a national directory of AAPI therapists and mental health resources as well as an Ask a Therapist series on its YouTube channel.
• Asian Americans Advancing Justice, a collective that works on AAPI civil rights issues, can help you understand your legal rights. Many of its member organizations also offer free legal clinics and consultations on issues like immigration and employment discrimination. • The National Coalition for Asian Pacific Americans Community Development helps advocate for people in low-income AAPI communities across 21 states and the Pacific
Islands, and its site has educational resources that focus on economic empowerment.
If you want to be a better ally to Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders:
• Be an upstander, not a bystander. If you witness harassment, approach the person being targeted, introduce yourself, and be clear that they have your support. Ask if you can walk them to safety or call a friend, family member, or the police, if they’re comfortable with that.
• Help sites like Stop AAPI Hate track and respond to incidents of harassment, violence, and discrimination by going online and sharing what you’ve witnessed. • Volunteer with Compassion in Oakland, a California Bay Area group that provides chaperones to walk elderly AAPI people where they need to go. Not near Oakland? Fill out a form at CompassionInOakland.org to start a Compassion project in your own area.
• Give your time or money to Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote, an organization that mobilizes AAPI people to participate in elections.
• Research other ways you can become an on-the-ground ally at MovementHub.org, a national platform that supports Asian American and Pacific Islander activism.