Stigma Reduction Work with Chinese Communities

Stigma is often a barrier for people to seek treatment and share their experiences. For this reason, the Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services Everyone Counts Campaign through PEERS focuses on the strengths and wellness of people and works to end stigma and discrimination against people with mental health experiences.

病恥感向來是阻礙人們尋求心理精神的治療和分享他們經驗的障礙因素。有見及此, 由阿拉米達縣行為健康護理服務部資助,PEERS推廣和開展了社區包容計劃,以此降低在美華人社區對心理困擾的誤解和偏見,增加社會包容性.幫助患者克服恥辱和歧視,並重返社會。


In traditional Chinese cultures, having a mental health problem causes a person to “lose face”. Mental health problems are seen as signs of weakness and not to be shared with others in the community. In the Chinese and other Asian Pacific Island communities, mental health issues are present, but often a taboo.



With leadership from Dr. Lawrence Yang, PEERS hosts Overcoming Internalized Stigma support groups for Chinese Americans mental health consumers seeking to reduce internal stigma and gain a stronger sense of self, and integrate back into their community.



PEERS is currently seeking participants, from the Chinese-American, English-speaking community, for group participants.  Please contact Veronica Liu if you are interested at or 510-832-7337.

PEERS目前正從華人社區招募能說英語的人仕, 參與這項計畫討論小組, 如果有兴趣,请聯絡 Veronica Liu,,  或致电,510-832-7337.


Program Background 項目背景:

There are two types of stigma against those with mental health issues: external stigma and internal stigma.  External stigma refers to the attitudes held by society that people with mental health issues are somehow lacking, incapable, incompetent, or not worthy of dignified and equitable treatment. Internal stigma is the attitude held by the person with mental health issues that they are unworthy, unlovable, and unvalued.  The SI Campaign aims to eradicate both types of stigma, increase society’s ability to include those identified with mental health issues, and empowering those with mental health issues to overcome stigma and discrimination, ultimately enabling them to connect with themselves and others.

In order to provide culturally responsive services to the Chinese American community, PEERS is working closely with Dr. Lawrence Yang from Columbia University, and the Chinese American Action Team.  Dr. Yang is experienced and devoted to reducing stigma among Chinese communities.  He worked in China for two years, and is currently working with several teams in New York and New Jersey to reduce stigma among Chinese communities. The Chinese American Action Team is composed of consumers, mental health advocates, and community members from Family Education and Resource Center, Asian Community Mental Health Services, Culture to Culture Foundation, Community Health for Asian Americans, Asian Health Services, NAMI Alameda County South Chinese Program, Edgewood, Columbia University, Harvard University, Cal State East Bay, and members of the Asian American Pool of Consumer Champions. 


針 對心理困擾的歧視通常分外在與内在的歧視。外在的歧視為社會對患者的態度,表現在對那些有心理困擾的人仕抱有偏見, 認為他們在某種程度上是有或缺的, 無能,無力, 不應受到尊重或公平對待的。内在的歧視則是患者對自己的看法。他們認為自己是不值得被愛和沒有價值的。PEERS希望通過這項計劃, 消除這兩種歧視。


PEERS將與哥倫比亞大學的楊教授, 和這項計畫的行動小組合作, 向華人社區提供合適的服務。楊教授有豐富的經驗,专心致力於降低華人社區中,有心理方面困擾人群的恥辱。他曾在中國工作兩年,目前正與紐約和新澤西州的團 隊合作,竭力降低當地華人社區對心理困擾的誤解,並減少相關人群所受到的歧視和恥辱。 行動小組成員由哥倫比亞大學,哈佛大學,加州州立大學東灣分校的教授; 美國精神/心理疾病聯盟,阿拉米達縣行為健康護理服務部, 跨文化基金會, 亞健社, 亞裔家庭輔導中心, Community Health for Asian Americans, Edgewood Center for Children and Families, Family Education and Resource Center等機構的專業人士組成。

Learn More About this Work


"Digital Kidnapping" -- A Short Story by Jean Lee

Jean Lee, a member of PEERS' Chinese American Action Team, shares a short story about a traumatic experience she had. Chinese language version available as well. 提供中文版本。


Interview with Chinese American Action Team Member Jean Lee

Yesterday, PEERS conducted an interview with Chinese American Action Team member Jean Lee about reducing mental health stigma for Asian Americans, the importance of flowers and pets for wellbeing, and, of course, her short stories!


Say Goodbye to Depression -- A Short Story by Jean Lee

Jean Lee, a member of PEERS' Chinese American Action Team, shares a short story about flowers and overcoming depression. Chinese language version available as well. 提供中文版本。


Electric Shock -- A Mental Health Short Story

Jean Lee, a member of PEERS' Chinese American Action Team, shares a short story about loss and mental health. Chinese language version available as well. 提供中文版本。


In Loving Memory, for Kay

Jean Lee shares a personal story of losing a loved one, she ends her story saying, "I wish people in the world would give the ones that have mental illness more love and care while they are still alive."