Lawrenceville, May 18, 2022 – According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the Asian American and Pacific Islander community faces several challenges when seeking help for mental illnesses.
NAMI contributes the low help-seeking rate to language barriers, quality health care and cultural stigmas.
The County hopes to do its part by providing a safe space for this conversation among experts and members of the AAPI community during the first-ever Mental Health Awareness Gathering from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 21, in the newly-opened Water Tower in Buford. The event is free and open to the public.
“We want to normalize conversations around the topic of mental health, because if not treated and supported, conditions may only worsen,” Commissioner Fosque said. “In doing so, we hope to foster an engaging process to let AAPI residents experiencing mental health issues, know they are not alone and there are numerous resources available right here in our Gwinnett communities.”
In partnership with ViewPoint Health, GUIDE, Inc., and the Georgia Asian Times, the mental health awareness event will feature two discussion panels, a targeted conversation centered around young people and mental health conditions, community resources, as well as testimonials.
The Water Tower is located at 2500 Clean Water Court in Buford.