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Kaleida Health Celebrates Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month and Mental Health Awareness Month

Updated: 5/3/2021

This month, Kaleida Health is joining the rest of the country in recognizing Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month and Mental Health Awareness Month.

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month celebrates the history, accomplishments and contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans to the United States. The term “Asian/Pacific” encompasses all of the Asian continent and the Pacific islands of Melanesia (New Guinea, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji and the Solomon Islands), Micronesia (Marianas, Guam, Wake Island, Palau, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Nauru and the Federated States of Micronesia) and Polynesia (New Zealand, Hawaiian Islands, Rotuma, Midway Islands, Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Cook Islands, French Polynesia and Easter Island).

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month is celebrated in May to coincide with two important milestones in Asian/Pacific American history: the arrival in the United States of the first Japanese immigrants (May 7, 1843) and contributions of Chinese workers to the building of the transcontinental railroad, completed May 10, 1869.

Additional Resources for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month:

May is also Mental Health Awareness Month. Mental health has especially come to the forefront during the COVID-19 pandemic as individuals across the world struggle with isolation, illness, loss, grief, uncertainty and stress.

It is important that those living with mental or behavioral health issues – including members of our own Kaleida Health family – know that they are not alone and help is available. As healthcare providers, it is our responsibility to help reduce the stigma so many experience.

During COVID-19, there has been a dramatic increase in mental health issues among healthcare workers. Kaleida Health has put together a list of FREE resiliency resources that are available to our staff and providers who are working so tirelessly and courageously to care for our community during these challenging times.

In addition, the Emotional Support Warmline, 859-2010, is still available to all staff and clinicians (including residents and fellows) during this current crisis. The Warmline will be answered by faculty psychiatrists from UBMD Psychiatry from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. throughout the week. If unable to immediately answer, our doctors will respond shortly. Our intent is to provide rapid access to mental health professionals to provide support for personal concerns related to the COVID-19 crisis. All calls will be treated confidentially.