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Anti-Asian Racism, Violence, and Virus-Blaming During the Pandemic: We Need to Talk About This



Community Psychiatry’s Dr. Magavi was featured in Healthline discussing the increased bullying of Asian American children at school and Asian American adults facing discrimination at work.

A collective mental health toll

According to Mental Health America, the AAPI community is less likely to seek mental health services than any other racial group.

There’s still a strong stigma in Asian cultures surrounding mental and emotional well-being.

This is especially worrisome during a time when access to mental health services has been disrupted, according to a World Health Organization (WHO) survey.

Much of the country is grappling with isolation, bereavement, fear, and loss of income.

Dr. Leela R. Magavi is a Johns Hopkins-trained psychiatrist and a regional medical director for Community Psychiatry, California’s largest outpatient mental health organization.

Magavi has evaluated multiple Asian American children and adolescents who conveyed that they’ve experienced increased bullying at school this past year, along with Asian American adults facing discrimination at work.

“Some children have shared things such as ‘They tell me to go back to my country, but this is my country’ or ‘They said I ruined our country,’” Magavi says.

Her adult patients have experienced colleagues making derogatory jokes about Chinese people eating bats.

“These people later expressed that they were joking, but words like this are significantly demoralizing,” she says.

More subtle microaggressions, such as people avoiding eye contact and moving away when you walk past on the street, can be just as painful to endure.

Click here for the full article in Healthline.