UCA Illinois Senior Health Insurance SHIP Activities

UCA Illinois Senior Health Insurance SHIP Activities

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Latest Event 2021 2-18  Public Release: UCA Chicago SHIP Site Work in Last Open Enrollment Period October 2020 – February 2021 for Medicare-Medicaid 2021 UCA IL SHIP Counselors – Dr. Meijan Linda Yu, Sandy Hui, Chengya Shih A.   Webinars – Over 200 people in attendance.  Many follow-up Q&As 1)     2020 11-14 Webinar to Naperville Women’s Club Webinar Presented “Medicare 的東南西北 Presenters: Dr. Meijan Linda Yu and Chengya Shih Results: Well received with many compliments; the largest audience NWC ever had. 2)     2020 12-2 to Taiwan’s華府台灣同鄉會 Webinar Presenter: Chengya Shih Results: Well appreciated 3)     2020 12-4 to Taiwan’s中山女中和師大校友會 (100 participants) Presenter: Chengya Shih Results: Well presented and many had follow-up inquires B.   Individual Assistance – 3 SHIP Counselors to over 30 people 4)…
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WAVES – UCA Youth Mental Health Collaborative

WAVES – UCA Youth Mental Health Collaborative

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WAVES - UCA Youth Mental Health Collaborative Wellness. Advocacy. Voices. Education. Support Vision A Supportive and Engaging Community that Fosters Healthy and Holistic Development of Our Youths Mission Raise Awareness of Cultural Identity and Mental Health Challenges Young Asian Americans Face due to familial, cultural, and societal factors Develop Community Support and Resources for Youth Mental Health Promote Cultural Sensitivity to Psychological Well-Being and Responses Encourage Civic Engagement in Public Policies to Address Mental Health Issues
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Webinar Report: Meet & Greet with Clinical Scholars

Webinar Report: Meet & Greet with Clinical Scholars

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On November 12, 2020, United Chinese Americans (UCA) organized a "Meet and Greet Clinical Scholar" webinar with 268 participants representing 31 states and four countries (Canada, China, Korea, and Singapore). Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) "Clinical Scholar Fellows" Justin Chen, Juliana Chen, Weiyang Xie, and (Lily) Jian Chen shared their work on mental health including their personal and professional journeys, the "Clinical Scholar" leadership development program, and the project description. UCA leadership and the community showed strong support and enthusiasm for the RWJF fellows and their work. For more information about the project, please visit https://clinicalscholarsnli.org/projects/breaking-silences-in-the-model-minority-a-national-intervention-to-increase-mental-health-awareness-and-decrease-stigma-in-asian-immigrant-families/ The webinar recordings can be found here: (coming soon) 
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How to help our children who are suffering from mental illness and promote emotional wellness?

How to help our children who are suffering from mental illness and promote emotional wellness?

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    On November 15, 2020, United Chinese Americans (UCA), Mental Health Association for Chinese Communities, Chinese American Friendship Association of North Carolina, Chinese Healline New Media, Chinese Association of West Michigan, and Chinese Triagle church leaders co-organized a mental health webinar, "How to help our children who are suffering from mental illness and promote emotional wellness." 606 participants from 37 states and international regions attended the webinar, which was conducted in Mandarin Chinese. The event featured a strong lineup of speakers and panelists including: licensed psychologist Rev & Dr. Serena Lin; psychiatrist Dr. Jackson Chiu; parent and advocate Ms. Elaine Peng; and youth ambassadors Tim He and Alice Cai.  The webinar was moderated by Ms. Lily Chen (NCCU nursing faculty member) and Prof. Pao-Hwa Lin (Duke Medical School faculty…
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北卡心理健康講座 華二代及家屬分享心路歷程

北卡心理健康講座 華二代及家屬分享心路歷程

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心理專家、精神科醫師、患者家屬、曾受心理疾病之苦的年輕人一起參與論壇。 (取自演講螢幕) 北卡華人聯合會和美國華裔精神健康聯盟合辦講座,幫助孩子告別心理疾病的折磨。 (取自演講螢幕)   記者王明心/北卡羅來納州報導   北卡近日驚傳華裔高中生自殺和華人家庭身受心理疾病之苦的案例,美國華裔精神健康聯盟(Mental Health Association for Chinese Communities)和北卡華人聯合會(CAFA)15日邀請心理學家和精神科醫師,以及走過其中艱辛的華二代和家屬,分享疾病知識和心路歷程,吸引了400多人上線參加。   講座由UCA「亞裔美國青年心理健康倡議」項目負責人陳健和杜克大學醫學院副教授林寶華共同主持,臨床心理學家、紐約大學石溪分校校牧林恂博士主講,精神科醫師、北卡州大學生諮詢中心主任趙傑森(Jacoson Chiu)、患者家屬彭一玲,及兩位曾深受其苦的華裔第二代蔡心怡(Alice Cai)、和天堯(Tim He)參與論壇。   林恂先從接到一個求救電話談起,表示低落的心理狀態可使人非常痛苦,進而解釋不同的精神疾病。她說強迫症(OCD)患者常會不斷重複某種不安的行為,如一直洗手或不停查看爐火。這是種焦慮的疾病,可使用藥物或心理治療。恐慌症(panic disorder)的症狀是突如其來的強烈焦慮感,病患會出現冒汗、心悸,臉紅、胃部打結、顫抖、暈眩等生理症狀,愈早讓專業治療人員參與,愈能有效地進行治療。   創傷後壓力症(PDST)通常發生於一個人經歷過天災、嚴重意外、目睹別人慘死,或親歷暴力罪案後,患者容易受驚嚇、感到緊張、難以入睡,也會從夢境或突然浮上腦海的記憶中,再次經歷創傷情景。廣泛性的憂慮症(anxiety disorder)患者常無法控制住焦慮,林恂提醒,照顧者的職責是傾聽,不是解決問題,要注意自己的極限。   抑鬱症(depressive disorder)患者常覺不快樂、煩躁、鬱悶、失眠或嗜睡、體重和食慾下降或增加、思考動作變緩慢、無法專注、體力變差、不想活動、滿腦負面的想法,甚至有自殺意念或計畫。專家認為只要有上述五個症狀,並持續兩周以上,就應請專業人員幫助。   躁鬱症(bipolar disorder)又稱雙極症,躁期時,患者話多、有冒險衝動的行為、人際關係破壞、毫無節制的購物、性行為等。鬱期時,會有無助、無望、低自尊,覺得自己是垃圾、最好死了算了的想法,內心充滿仇恨及激動不安。雙極症通常與基因有關,多發生在14至15歲左右。因病患和家屬不瞭解雙極症,沒向醫師描述躁期症狀,常被誤診為重鬱症或精神分裂症,可能使病情更為嚴重。   第二代蔡心怡分享自己自小在虎爸嚴厲要求下,自尊心低落,沒有自信。她說她靠著寫作排解情緒,也慶幸父親在她上高中後鬆手,做她的朋友。她覺得華人父母要多充實自己的心理健康知識,不要隨意給孩子出主意,多給予讚美和擁抱。和天堯說自己和父母的關係很好,所以大家都很吃驚他會得抑鬱症。他在大三時曾試圖自殺,被室友救回。他建議父母要多瞭解孩子的愛好,增加談話話題,孩子也要學習和父母分享心事。   因女兒喪父後,出現躁鬱症狀,數度入院,讓彭一玲親嘗父母的焦急和無助。她說華人父母習慣批評孩子,以為是種教育方式,其實親子關係要很用心經營,給予愛和幸福感,做他們的後盾。她因自身的經歷,自此致力普及精神健康知識,成為美國華裔精神健康聯盟負責人,提供免費課程等資源。   精神科醫師趙傑森提醒,心理疾病要交由專家診斷治療,每種藥物對每個人的功效不同,副作用也不一,要由專業醫師來個案處理。
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不可错过,听华二代和家属自述如何告别心理疾病折磨

不可错过,听华二代和家属自述如何告别心理疾病折磨

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向来重视教育、鼓励孩子“出人头地”的华人,培养出比其他族裔更高比例的社会精英,但是基于种种原因和压力,华裔孩子坠入心理疾病的比例越来越高,实在是我们不容忽视的事实。 来自美国疾控中心的调查数据说,美国亚裔高中生中有18.9%的人产生过轻生念头,比白人高中生高出3.4个百分点,15-24岁美国亚裔女性的自杀死亡率比白人女性的高出30%。 偶然从各种渠道传出的消息,诸如,某名校华人孩子不堪忍受压力跳楼身亡,总让为人父母者心悸、痛惜。来到异国他乡忙于立足、养家,面临文化认同和身份转变压力的家长,为了自己,为了孩子,是该掌握一些心理健康知识了。 这个周日,11月15日,美国华人联合会(UCA“亚裔美国青年心理健康倡议(Asian American Youth Mental Health Initiative)”项目,除邀请到熟悉北卡华人社区的3位精神科专家及教授,介绍他们的研究和临床经验外,还从加州、堪萨斯和伊利诺伊,分别请来曾备受精神疾患折磨的两位华二代和一位家属,分享他们在至暗岁日里的感受和重启人生的经过。 早就关注到华人社区心理健康问题的UCA,从2016年开始启动这个项目,3年来组织全美各地的顶尖专家举办两次大会和十几场讲座,交流心理疾病的研究和治疗成果,普及这方面的知识。这次他们和北卡中央大学、临床学者项目联手,由北卡华联、华人头条、北卡华协、美国华裔精神健康联盟协助,举办这次网络讲座,希望与南北卡同胞一起探讨华人孩子的心理健康话题,并藉此搭建一个纾解心理压力、解除疾病痛苦的交流平台。 主讲嘉宾: Serena Lin 林恂博士,临床心理学家,纽约大学石溪分校校牧,长期服务和帮助华人面对心理健康问题。 论坛嘉宾: 彭一玲(Elaine Peng)女士,美国华裔精神健康联盟负责人,因家庭遭遇心理疾病导致的悲剧后,致力改善患者康复环境,普及精神健康知识,对抗污名化。 Jackson Chiu,医学博士,精神科医师,北卡州立大学学生咨询中心主任 和天尧(Tim He),青年代表,硕士研究生在读 蔡心怡(Alice Cai),青年代表,高中12年级学生 两人都有罹患心理疾病经历,将向家长和同龄人分享他们的感受和走出泥潭的经验。 Serena Lin 林恂博士 讲座主持: 陈健(Lily Chen)女士,UCA“亚裔美国青年心理健康倡议”项目负责人、RWJF临床学者研究员,北卡中央大学讲师 林宝华(Pao-Hwa Lin)博士,杜克大学医学院副教授 时间: 11月15日 周日 美东时间下午3:00 Zoom链接: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_RvHYXMbsS7Wof2yEZ6XFTg 在本次讲座中,主讲嘉宾和论坛嘉宾将回答下列问题: 1.精神疾病有哪些预兆? What are some of the warning signs of mental illness? 2.没有药物治疗人们能克服精神疾病吗? Can people get over mental illness without medication? 3.如果我认识的人出现精神障碍症状,我该怎么办? What should I do if someone I know appears to have the symptoms of a mental disorder? 4.文化在我们对待心理健康的方式中扮演着重要的角色吗? Does culture play a big part in how we approach mental health? 5.我如何教育我的父母为什么心理健康很重要? How can I educate my parents on why mental health is important? 更多问题,请扫描海报上的二维码注册,或扫码加入下面的微信群提问,以便讲座嘉宾和主持人解答。
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Staff psychologist Weiyang Xie wins grant to improve mental health in the Asian community

Staff psychologist Weiyang Xie wins grant to improve mental health in the Asian community

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by Natalie Davis Miller, NDWorks October 05, 2020 When University Counseling Center (UCC) Staff Psychologist Weiyang Xie, Ph.D., HSPP, alongside three outside collaborators with the national grassroots non-profit organization United Chinese Americans, submitted a grant to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), they never thought they would get it due to the high competitiveness of the applicant pool. In fact, they began to console and encourage each other for next year’s application after they submitted the application. Xie was floored when she actually became the finalist. The $432,000 RWJF Clinical Scholars grant, covering a three-year period, will not only give Xie and her collaborators the opportunity to help the Asian community in the U.S., it will also develop Xie and her collaborators as leaders themselves.Xie’s role with the grant will be…
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