WAVES – Wellness. Advocacy. Voices. Education. Support.
WAVES Documentary Film Director Changfu Chang is currently producing “Silent War: Asian American Reckoning with Mental Health,” which features four Asian American families and their grappling with mental health issues.
This is the trailer of a full-length documentary on mental health in the Asian American community. The film, a work in progress, profiles multiple members of our community stepping up to share their own battles with mental illness. Their accounts highlight the unique challenges we face as Asian Americans and the unspoken toll it has taken on us. We need change, and that begins by telling our people’s stories, stories that save lives.
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Training
UCA WAVES, in partnership with MHACC, has been conducting “Mental Health First Aid Training” sessions to educate the community about mental health and boost their ability to prevent or handle crises, allowing them to become “mental health guardians” for themselves and their loved ones.
Managed by the National Council for Mental Wellbeing, this certification course equips attendees with skills to recognize and respond to crises and substance abuse symptoms. Two separate courses are available for adult and youth first aiders. Successful participants earn a globally recognized “MHFA Certificate”.
So far in 2023, a total of 515 people from 28 states registered. Total 170 people finished training and became Mental Health First Aiders!! Congratulations !!
In 2021, the UCA WAVES Program (WAVES) sponsored the training of five Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) instructors. WAVES Training Director Elaine Peng, NAMI state trainer and peer support expert in Chinese communities, will direct all future MHFA training. WAVES facilitated four in-person MHFA training sessions in North Carolina, working with North Carolina Central University department of Nursing since 2021. We are currently developing a culturally adapted curriculum, including a translation of the MHFA Adult teaching material into Chinese. We will work on adapting the MHFA Youth curriculum to Chinese in May, with training for all bilingual MHFA certified trainers starting in the summer of 2022.
In the meantime, we have just begun virtual English MHFA training for 2022. WAVES’ first virtual MHFA training session will be on April 16, with four more English sessions planned in May, June, July & August. Registration information will be posted on WAVES’ bilingual social media (@uca.waves on Instagram, @ucaunited on Twitter) – please stay tuned!
“Too often, parents lose a child to suicide. In Chinese culture, we value education, but there is no mention of psychological health. As a nurse, I didn’t have training in mental health. I had to learn from my daughter.”
—— UCA WAVE’S Project Director, Lily Chen shared her Big Idea Talk addressing mental health and suicide in AAPI community during the graduation of the three-year Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar Leadership Development Program (RWJF) .
- UCA WAVES Resources page, including a video library, links to articles and podcasts, and more: https://ucausa.org/uca-resources/
- UCLA Center for Health Policy Research 2023 E. R. Brown Symposium, “Addressing Gun Violence as a Public Health Epidemic,” featuring California Attorney General Rob Bonta, Dr. Joan Asarnow, and other panelists and speakers. Feb 13, 2023 at 10:00 AM PST. Free registration link here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/9316714719127/WN_VLoHoLCgRGihhy9ylJh9eA
The Youth Ambassadors are advised by mental health experts from our collaborating team of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars, who provide mentoring and guidance regarding program development. The team is currently piloting a weekly online peer support group, and hope to open this space to the public soon for interactive, empathic peer-to-peer engagement.
For questions, please contact WAVES Director Jian (Lily) Chen at email@example.com.
Breaking Silences in the Model Minority: A national intervention to increase mental health awareness and decrease stigma in Asian immigrant families
Announcement: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar ProgramsUCA is proud to announce members of its Youth Mental Health Initiative have been selected to participate in the 2020-2023 cohort of Clinical Scholar Fellows, part of the RWJF Leadership Program
UCA WAVES Received fundings from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar for “Breaking Silences in the Model Minority: A national intervention to increase mental health awareness and decrease stigma in Asian immigrant families.” Check out the project description here.
Community Outreach & Talk Space
UCA WAVES actively collaborates with other organizations and communities. Our main outreach activity is currently “Talk Space,” a peer support organization that is directed by our WAVES Director Jian (Lily) Chen with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars.
Working with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) – North Carolina Central University (NCCU), Talk Space student mentors are trained with group facilitation skills, mental health first aid, self care, and trauma informed care among other topics. The program was featured in local WRAL news here. Students and faculty advisors held movie “Wake Up” screening, are creating public service announcements (PSAs), and helped organize with WAVES ambassadors for events in November 2021. Please see the program video description here.
Parent Education Toolkits
As part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program, WAVES Director .Jian (Lily) Chen andour professional partners Juliana Chen, Justin Chen, and Weiyang Xie are working on the project “Breaking Siences in the Mode Minorty national intervention to increase mental health awareness and decrease stigma Asian immigrant familes” As part of this proiect, the team is currently creating an educational tonlkit for Asian American parents, which wi focus on youth voices, general mental health knowledge, communication skills, and self-compassion.
Toolkit for Breaking Silences in the Model Minority
This toolkit was created for breaking silences and provide guidance to other community activists, public health professionals, academics, and researchers seeking to build a culture of health among Chinese American families.
Click the link below to read more about the toolkit:
WAVES Village is a WeChat Group peer-support platform, part of UCA WAVES parent ambassador program . WAVES Village has a team of 50 volunteers serving the Chinese communities nationwide. We emphasize on listening nonjudgmentally and empowering through empathy with cultural considerations. We strive to:
🔹Provide a safe and open space for WAVES Villagers to share their experiences in their journey to promote mental health within families and communities.
🔹Promote public awareness of mental health and the cultural stigma.
🔹Build resilience in community.
🔹Engage, empower, connect, and grow as community members.
🔹To join our awesome volunteer team , please fill out the form here: