APIA Scholars is partnering with community experts to host virtual sessions where we dive deeper into mental health discussions and participate in wellness practices together. This year’s events have included collaborations with the National Asian American Pacific Islander Mental Health Association (NAAPIMHA), The Steve Fund, Linh Nam, and Kokua Kahili Valley Comprehensive Family Services and have focused on topics such as the impacts of racism on mental health, radical healing, guided meditation and reflection, and traditional healing practices.


Join us for our upcoming mental health sessions:

Spring Day: ~BTS~ Mental Health Event

Wednesday, April 27th, 2022 @ 8 PM ET/5 PM HT/2 PM HT

APIA Scholars is hosting a BTS & music themed mental health event on April 27th, 2022! We'd love to gauge community interests and bring folks together and create space to listen to BTS, talk about our music joys, and foster connection and healing through poetry/song-writing ahead of our May Story Slam event. Sign up today, and let us know if there's something you'd like to do! For any questions, please email Programs Associate Cindy Luo at cindy.luo@apiasf.org.

Unpacking Mental Health Counseling

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2022 @ 8 PM ET/5 PM HT/3 PM HT

Are you considering seeking out mental health resources but are unsure of what "counseling" entails? Would you like to learn more about how mental health counselors can support your well-being? Join APIA Scholars, Counselor Lindsey Parisi, and Psychologist & Interpersonal Violence Treatment (IPV) Coordinator Yuka Kato to gain a clearer understanding of mental health counseling and the resources that can best support you and your wellness.


Yuka Kato

  • Yuka is a licensed psychologist and a social worker.  She is working at North Carolina State University Counseling Center as Interpersonal Violence Treatment Coordinator.  Her clinical interests Include: Working with students on issues related to depression, anxiety, trauma/PTSD, multicultural and diversity, vocational, and international students.  She strives to create a safe space for students to understand themselves and utilize own resources and strengths to improve overall well-being in mind and body.  Her approach to therapy is collaborative and integrative, including strengths-based, interpersonal, multicultural, and other strategies.  She grew up in Tokyo, Japan and is a native speaker of Japanese.  She loves walking and hiking in the nature, watching the sunset and the moon, reading, and traveling.


Lindsey Parisi

  • Lindsey is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who enjoys working with individuals, couples, and groups. She tailors her clinical approach to students using person-centered, cognitive-behavioral, and solution-focused therapy. Her areas of special interest include college student development, self-exploration, outreach, mindfulness, anxiety, depression, cultural and identity concerns, advocacy, relationship issues, and crisis counseling. She is fluent in Cantonese Chinese.

Conversations on Intergenerational Trauma and Communication with Dr. Abbasi

Thursday, January 27th, 2022 @ 8 PM ET/5 PM HT/3 PM HT

The trauma inherited from generations before us can continue to impact how we experience the world and maintain mental wellness. Understanding how this intergenerational trauma works allows us to better create strategies for addressing it and finding ways to heal. Join the conversation with expert, Dr. Farha Abbasi who will facilitate a conversation of learning and sharing.

Guided Meditation and Reflection Session with Linh Tran

Thursday, December 9th, 2021 @ 8 PM ET/5 PM PT/3 PM HT

Join APIA Scholars and Linh Tran for a guided meditation and reflection session. Linh will guide participants through breathing exercises, visualization techniques, and relaxation practices. Take a break from your day to center your mental health and wellness by using this meditation practice.

Addressing Gender-Based Violence & Mental Health Through Healthy Relationships

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2021 @ 8 PM ET/5 PM PT/3 PM HT

The mental health impacts of gender-based violence (GBV) such as domestic, dating and sexual violence often affect a survivor’s ability to focus in school, perform at work and navigate complex systems when seeking help and safety. This webinar will provide an overview of the negative impacts of GBV and historical trauma on the mental health and well-being of Asian/Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) survivors, the cultural dynamics and unique needs of AANHPI communities, and the importance of understanding and nurturing healthy relationships in addressing and preventing GBV. Session will be presented by Matāpuna Levenson.

The Steve Fund & APIA Scholars Student Panel

Thursday, November 4th, 2021 @ 3 PM ET/12 PM PT

This student panel will feature the voices of four APIA undergraduate Scholars, discussing their transition back to campus this Fall. As many of us are returning to in-person learning, and as the pandemic continues to impact our community, how are APIA students faring? Has the rise in anti-Asian sentiment impacted APIA students’ mental health and wellness? What should faculty, student support staff, mental health counselors, and administrators know about their APIA students as we transition back to campus?