The United Chinese Americans (UCA) is pleased to announce that our UCA WAVES (Wellness, Advocacy, Voices, Education, Support) program recently received a four-year training grant (H79SM084431), Mental Health First Aid in Chinese Americans (MHFA-CA), from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), an agency under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). This is a collaborative effort with North Carolina Central University (NCCU). We are extremely grateful for the dedication and hard work of UCA WAVES team members who have continued the effort to combat the mental health crises in Asian American communities.
The training grant will allow the WAVES team to train hundreds of community members using evidence-based MHFA instructional materials aimed to increase mental health knowledge, decrease stigma, and increase professional help-seeking behaviors. Training will be conducted both in-person and virtual with culturally appropriate resources. To implement the grant, we will partner with the National Alliance for Mental Health (NAMI) Chinese in San Francisco, UCA WAVES North Carolina, UCA Illinois Chapter, and other interested community organizations.
We would like to thank all volunteers, community members, partners, and supporters, and last but not least, those of you who courageously break the silence to share your stories to help save young lives.
For questions, please contact Project Director Lily Chen at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you or someone you know is interested in joining this project, we are hiring a part-time project coordinator (based in North Carolina).
UCA and the WAVES Team