JED Gala Celebrates 22 Years of Youth Mental Health Advocacy and Suicide Prevention
Over 600 guests gathered at Cipriani Wall Street on Tuesday to celebrate The Jed Foundation (JED). The JED Gala is an annual event dedicated to ...
In response to the increasing violence and hate toward Asian and Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities, The Jed Foundation (JED) once again strongly condemns racism, xenophobia, and bias-motivated violence of any kind. While racial discrimination and violence towards Asian communities are not new, the pandemic has led to more anti-Asian rhetoric, discrimination, and physical assaults toward Asian communities across the globe and we need to work together to stop the hate and the violence.
We stand with our Asian and AAPI communities and call on authorities to take every measure possible to hold perpetrators accountable and to keep Asian and AAPI communities safe. These incidents are traumatic and contribute to an increase in fear, stress, anxiety, and psychological trauma, reinforcing a need for increased mental health support. We are also saddened to see how this violence may be impacting whether or not Asian and AAPI families are sending their children to school if remote learning is available. As we stated in a recent post, the mental health benefits of being physically present at school cannot be overstated. However, even school principals have reported how families have expressed concerns for the safety of Asian and AAPI children in schools.
We at JED believe that feeling safe and knowing that our friends, family, and community members are safe are essential to maintaining our mental health. If you feel anxious, overwhelmed, or unsafe, here are some things you can do:
We stand together to promote unity, inclusion, and safety for all.
The JED Team
Mental Health Resources:
If you or someone you know needs to talk to someone right now, text START to 741-741 or call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) for a free, confidential conversation with a trained counselor 24/7.
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If this is an emergency, please call 911 immediately.