CAN Newsletter – Celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage and Mental Health Awareness Month
May 12, 2021

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Each year the month of May highlights the opportunity to celebrate our AAPI community of children, youth, and educators. This year we celebrate and recognize the great contributions the AAPI Community has made to our nation, but also reflect on and condemn the violence and hatred that has been directed at the AAPI Community. We, as a nation, need to do better. We need to continue to teach, to learn and unlearn, and rebuild our communities with love, empathy, and inclusivity. Our AAPI children, youth, educators, and communities deserve equitable spaces to learn, live and thrive! “The power of visibility can never be underestimated.”― Margaret Cho

May also highlights the opportunity to spread awareness and promote mental health wellness. This past year, as we lived through a global pandemic, our overall health & wellness were incredibly important. To be resilient and care for our communities, we must empower our own Mental Health Wellness.  Our field has long recognized the importance of supporting the social, emotional, and mental well-being of our youth, staff, families, and communities. Many of the young people served in our programs often experience toxic stress, trauma, and Adverse Childhood Experiences, directly impacting their mental health and well-being. We hope you find time and space to take care of your mental health and support others around you to do the same. Especially, as we continue to navigate the reopening of our schools and shared spaces we need to ensure our youth, staff, families, and communities are receiving the mental health and wellness supports they need.

We have compiled a quick list of resources to celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage and resources to support Mental Health Awareness for you, children, youth, and our communities.  


Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage:

Mental Health Awareness:

In Community,

The CAN Team

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