Promoting Mental Health Awareness
A Note from the MLSAAF Team
Thank you once again for your participation in the 2021 MLSAAF wave 4 survey. Your contribution has helped us get one step closer to understanding the difficulties faced by Asian American young adults, and how to best support them.
The Covid-19 pandemic impacted all communities and people; however, the Asian American community was further burdened with racial prejudice that led to heightened anti-Asian racism and violence hate crimes that target Asian Americans. In such challenging times, it is even more important to take care of our mental health. If you, or someone you know, are experiencing difficulties and need to reach out, please use the resources listed below.
We encourage you to ask questions, and seek out care for taking care of your mental health. Reaching out to someone when you or someone you know needs help can make all the difference. If you have any questions regarding the provided information, please feel free to contact us.
- The MLSAAF Team
Healthcare Provider Spotlight: Dr. Jenny Wang, PhD
About Dr. Wang:
Dr. Jenny Wang is a psychologist who specializes in psychotherapy centered around the development of awareness and mindfulness. In addition to her practice, Dr. Wang is a strong social media advocate for mental health awareness, with particular care and attention being provided to AAPI, LGBTQ, and other minority communities and communities of color. As such, the MLSAAF team would like to highlight some of the resources that she offers on her social media platforms:
1. Asians for Mental Health (Instagram): Asians for Mental Health is an Instagram page that Dr. Wang started in which she shares informational slides, anecdotes, and message of support – all of which seek to provide awareness and visibility to mental health within AAPI and other under-represented communities.
2. Asians for Mental Health (Website): The Asians for Mental Health website provides a directory of healthcare providers by state which may be more culturally oriented for Asian American individuals.
Local Behavioral Health Services
Find below a list of behavioral health services within the local Chicagoland area. Included in the description of each service will be the location, contact information, and the particular communities each service is most prepared to help.
Asian Human Services
2838 West Peterson Ave.
Chicago, IL 60659-2507
Info: (773) 293-8490
Crisis: (773) 293-8488
Asian Human Services exists to provide quality, compassionate, and culturally competent services in over 28 languages to low-income Asian-American and immigrant and refugee communities in metropolitan Chicago.
Community Counseling Centers of Chicago
Center on Halsted
3656 N Halsted
Chicago, IL 60613
Info: (773) 472-6469
For the psychosocial needs of LGBTQ community and provide a variety of services, including support, therapy, and educational groups. These services are meant to connect and unite LGBTQ men, women, families, and allies who share similar issues and struggles.
1807 S. Troy St., Floor 3
Gender JUST is a multi-racial, multi-ethnic, and multi-generational grassroots organization of LQBTQA young people, people of color, and grassroots folks developing leadership and building power through organizing.
4730 N Sheridan Rd.
Chicago, IL 60640
Info: (773) 506-7474
Alternatives supports and empowers Chicago youth to build safer and more vibrant communities through a combination of restorative justice and behavioral health services. Alternatives is a comprehensive, multi-cultural youth development organization that operates as a support system for more than 3,000 of Chicago’s young people and their families each year.
4101 N. Ravenswood Ave.
Chicago, IL 60613
Info: (773) 572-5500
Thresholds provides services and resources for persons with serious mental illnesses and substance use disorders in Illinois. We work with many populations, including youth and young adults, veterans, young mothers, deaf, and individuals experiencing homelessness, among others.
Filipino American Community Health Initiative of Chicago (FACHIC)
1332 W. Irving Park Rd.
Chicago, IL 60613
2019 Lawrence Ave.
Chicago IL 60625
The Filipino American Community Health Initiative of Chicago (FACHIC) is a collaborative of community, health professional, and academic leaders united to address Filipino health issues in the Chicago area.
Inclusive Therapists is a nationwide community of mental health practitioners that center the therapeutic needs of BIPOC and 2SLGBTQIA+ folks and the pursuit of equity, justice, and liberation. They offer an accessible way for people to find therapists that align with their identities and political orientations, and offer culturally responsive care.
Hanul Family Alliance
1166 S. Elmhurst Rd.
Mt. Prospect, IL 60656
5008 N. Kedzie Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625
2900 N. Main St. 1st Fl.
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
Korean American Women in Need (KANWIN)
2434 E. Dempster St. Suite 111
Mt. Prospect, IL 60056
Info: (773) 583-1392
Crisis: (773) 583-0880
KAN-WIN’S mission is to eradicate gender-based violence, including domestic violence and sexual assault, especially for women and children across Asian American communities and beyond through culturally competent services, community engagement, and advocacy.
Find below a list of national behavioral health services. Included in the description are the national number and website of the respective services. Visit the websites to learn more about each service.
National Behavioral Health Services
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:
Crisis Text Line:
Text HOME to 741741
LGBT National Help Center:
1-888-843-4564 (all ages, adults)
1-800-246-7743 (under 25 years old)
Trans Lifeline: 1-877-565-8860
The Youth Mental Health Project
The Jed Foundation
Center for Young Women’s Health
Young Men’s Health
Please visit the below websites to learn more about the foundation
which aims to raise awareness of depression and prevention of suicide.