July is National Minority Mental Health Month. As of May of 2021, the Stop AAPI Hate organization received 6603 reports of anti-Asian hate incidents, which include verbal harassment, avoidance/shunning, physical assault, and online harassment since March of 2020.
Racism has plagued America for centuries, making it impossible for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) to go about their lives unscathed. It can appear in many forms, and each takes a toll on mental health. The systemic racism in this country has caused disparities proven to affect all aspects of life – income, education, incarceration rates, healthcare access, and more.