Join Social Security For a Call on Mental Illness in the AAPI Community – Thursday, May 23, 2019

From Everett Lo, Project Manager, Social Security Administration:

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM), recognizing the contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) in the United States.  May is also Mental Health Awareness Month, when we shine a light on mental health.  No matter who you are, or where you are on life’s journey, Social Security is there for you and your family, providing financial protection and vital services for all Americans, including AAPIs.

The 2019 APAHM theme, Unite Our Mission by Engaging Each Other, affords a unique opportunity to work together to ensure access to Social Security’s programs and benefits for AAPIs experiencing mental illness.  Please join us for an informative call as we discuss Mental Illness in the AAPI Community, and How Social Security Can Help, on Thursday, May 23, 2019, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. EDT. You must register by Monday, May 20, 2019 by 5:00 p.m. EDT to participate in this call. Registrants will receive conference call dial-in information in a separate email on Wednesday, May 22, 2019.

Leading advocates in AAPI mental health will share personal insights, and representatives from Social Security will explain how we evaluate mental illness for Social Security Disability benefits, including resources available to help you.

We hope you can participate in this important call.  You may learn more about how Social Security is with AAPIs through life’s journey on our Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders page. For more information, contact Everett Lo, Project Manager, Social Security Administration, [email protected]

Thank you to our APA Women’s Conference Pro Bono Clinic Volunteers!

On Sunday, April 28, AABANY co-sponsored the annual Asian Pacific American Women’s Conference at Pace University. Hosted by the Organization of Chinese Advocates and Families with Children from China, the Conference was a full day of fruitful panel discussions that revolved around the sociopolitical issues that affect the Asian Pacific American woman–from #MeToo to mental health. As part of the conference, AABANY hosted a pro bono clinic and the following members gave community presentations on their areas of practice:

  • Tsui H. Yee (Law Offices of Tsui H. Yee P.C.): Immigration Law
  • Karen Kithan Yau (Kakalec Law PLLC): Protection from Wage Theft and Employment Discrimination
  • Beatrice Leong (Parmet and Zhou LLC): Family Law
  • Samantha Sumilang (Lazarus, Karp & Kalamotousakis LLP): Landlord-Tenant Law
Beatrice Leong delivers a community presentation about Family Law

AABANY also had the opportunity to table at the resource fair and spread awareness about our monthly pro bono clinic. Thank you to everyone who stopped by and said hello!

Thank you to all of the APA Women’s Conference Pro Bono Clinic volunteers! 24 volunteers in total showed up and provided valuable pro bono assistance.


Kelly Diep
Kathy Yung
Angela Wu
Grace Pyun
May Wong
Dianna Lee
Elyssa Kates
Samantha Sumilang
Beatrice Leong
Cindy Mayumi Iijima
Nelson Mar
Gloria Tsui-Yip
Tsui Yee


Henry Man
Justina Chen
Haruka Mori
Charles Tan
Carteneil Cheung
Alicia Chan

Special thanks to Pro Bono Committee Co-Chairs Karen Kithan Yau, Pauline Yeung-Ha, Judy Lee, Asako Aiba, Vice-Chairs Kwok Kei Ng and Jessie Zhixian Liu for their leadership!

If you are interested in volunteering at future Pro Bono Clinics, please contact Asako Aiba at [email protected]. AABANY’s Monthly Pro Bono Clinic occurs every second Wednesday from 6:30 to 8:30 PM in the Community Room at 33 Bowery Street .

NYCAAMH Symposium – The Impact of Problem Gambling among Asian Americans

A Symposium presented by: The New York Coalition for Asian American Mental Health

A Discussion on the Impact of Problem Gambling among Asian Americans: Implications for Treatment and Prevention

EVENT DATE: October 1, 2015 from 12:30 PM to 5:00 PM (EDT)


Gambling Disorder as a Behavioral Addiction
Petros Levounis, M.D., M.A., Chair, Department of Psychiatry, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
Chief of Service, University Hospital

Personal Experience with Problem Gambling by Consumers

Gambling Disorder among Asians
Jackie Xu Z. Chen, M.D., Board Certified Psychiatrist
Chairman of CSH, Affiliation with Maimonides Medical Center

Panel on Cultural and Psychosocial Aspects of Problem Gambling
JJ Hung, LMHC, CASAC, Director, Asian Recovery Program, Hamilton Madison House
Sung Min Yoon, D.S.W., Project Director, Asian Outreach Clinic, The Child Center of NY
Private Practice – The Yoon Behavioral Health Center.
Shahid A. Faaroqi, Director of Outreach, The ICNA Relief, USA Problem Gambling

Support and Treatment Resources – OASAS


No fees, but limited seating – rsvp by September 25, 2015 recommended



  • Hamilton Madison House
  • The Chinese American Sunshine House
  • 384 Grand Street, Inc.

Asian Gambling Addiction, More than Just Chance

“Research shows Asians in the U.S. have a disproportionate number of pathological gamblers (i.e. addicted) as compared to the general American population. According to Dr. Timothy Fong, an associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA and co-director of the UCLA Gambling Studies Program, the rate of gambling addiction ranges from 6 percent to nearly 60 percent, depending on the specific Asian ethnicity (Southeast Asian refugees scoring highest) as opposed to the national rate of 1-2 percent.”

— Post published by Sam Louie MA, LMHC on Jul 09, 2014 in Minority Report 

E3! Ambassadors: Educate, Engage, and Empower Young AAPI Leaders — Apply by Aug. 9

The E3! Ambassadors Program equips young leaders with the opportunity to work with the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders to brainstorm and implement their own unique ideas to help improve the overall quality of life for AAPIs across the country in the areas of education, mental health, pathways to public service, and immigration. E3! Ambassadors work to highlight key federal programs and resources in which AAPIs may be underserved.  Selected E3! Ambassadors are encouraged to conduct outreach within their campuses and communities – whether it’s setting up a table to share resources at a campus fair, facilitating a workshop during a conference, or even utilizing social media.

The 2014 inaugural class of 31 E3! Ambassadors came from 29 different cities and hosted more than 55 events during the 2014-2015 year to educate, engage, and empower their campuses and communities.

The application can be found HERE. The deadline to apply is August 9, 2015 at 11:59 PM ET. Please note that late applications may not be considered.

If you have any questions about the E3! Ambassador program, please contact [email protected].

Asian/Immigrant Mental Wellness Workshop, June 10, Doors Open at 9am!

Last Chance to Register! Free Admission – Pre-Registration Required – Free Refreshments.

Register HERE.
Or go to:

Mental Wellness Workshop
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Queens Library at Flushing
41-17 Main Street, Flushing Queens, NY 11355
Lower Level Auditorium

9:00 am: Doors open.  Entry is not permitted before this time.
9:00 – 9:30 am: Registration & Free Continental Breakfast
9:30 am – 12:30 pm: Program Presentation/Panel Discussion
12:30 – 1:00 pm Free Refreshments/Networking

Hamilton Madison House, Samaritans Suicide Prevention Center and the Problem Gambling Prevention Coalition invite you to attend a free Asian/Immigrant Mental Wellness Workshop at the Queens Flushing Library, Wednesday, June 10, 2015.  

Join us for this open discussion with mental health professionals as we address the unspoken problem of suicide and mental wellness in the Asian and Immigrant community.  

Please share this opportunity with your colleagues.


Social workers, guidance counselors, psychologists, substance abuse and addiction counselors, home health workers and other family and community health providers working within the Asian/Immigrant community as well as others those who provide care, support and/or treatment to members of that community.


Our Unspoken Problem touches the lives of many members of the Asian and Immigrant community.  Cultural stigmatization of mental health problems and insufficient access to culturally competent services result in the needless suffering of friends and family.

  • The Asian/Immigrant Community has among the highest suicide rates in the country.
  • Asians are consistently identified as having the highest risk for problem gambling.
  • The NYC High School Youth Risk Behavior Survey (CDC) showed an increase in male and female Asian students who “seriously considered suicide” in the past 12 months.
  • Asian American Women (ages 65-84) consistently have the highest suicide rate relative to other racial demographics.
  • Untreated mental health problems like depression and addiction can lead to death, domestic violence, financial ruin, family disintegration, long-term hospitalization and incarceration-impacting both the individuals, families and their community.


  • Join us at the Asian/Immigrant Mental Wellness Workshop and take part in an open discussion with mental health professionals as we address this Unspoken Problem and the mental wellness of our community.
  • Confront the critical problems impacting our community: addiction, problem gambling, parenting/grandparenting challenges, and mental health treatment for the Korean Community.

Learn about where and how to access mental wellness support for friends, family, and yourself! Engage in conversation about how to recognize signs of mental health problems in your colleagues, friends, and family.


  • Alan Ross, Addressing the Unspoken Problem
  • Peter Yee, Problem Gambling in the Asian community
  • Erica Vien,  Parenting Challenges for Asian immigrants
  • Inok Kim, Wellness Challenges for Korean Americans
  • Ginette Wong, Addictive Behaviors in the Asian community

This free workshop is a community collaboration of the Samaritans of New York, Hamilton Madison House and the Problem Gambling Prevention Coalition with funding provided by New York City Council Members Elizabeth Crowley, Peter Koo, Paul Vallone, Mark Weprin, Ruben Wills, and the Neuberger Berman Foundation, in association with the Queens Library at Flushing.