TheVoiceOfJoyce When you survive Genocide, many in the Asian community find it difficult to seek help. Their language is one barrier and shame about seeking help is another. Now the Monterey community is providing translators and mental health services in many languages, some clinics listed here, are offering 6 free sessions. The Asian, community, like the older generation, had no time for emotions,only survival was important. It’s time to give in to their emotional selves, it helps to understand and accept ourselves. Choices!

Because of these barriers, Asian American organizations have taken a more culturally sensitive approach to the way they provide resources to the community in the wake of the shootings.

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AAPI Equity Alliance, a coalition of community-based organizations, created in-depth resource guides for Monterey Park community members in seven languages, including English, Chinese, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Thai, Korean, Spanish and Hindi. The guides contain links to local mental health centers and non-profits, as well as direct language support lines to organizations offering legal assistance, such as Asian Americans Advancing Justice Southern California.

Yellow Chair Collective, a psychotherapy private practice group that specializes in serving Asian American clients, is offering six free therapy sessions to those directly affected by the Monterey Park shooting, including victims, survivors and their families in English and Mandarin.

The Chinatown Service Center and City of Monterey Park partnered to offer drop-in, multilingual counseling services at the Monterey Park Bruggemeyer library – a more familiar environment for many of the city’s residents.

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