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Hate hurts. Here’s how to get help. And how to give it.

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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.

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