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Asian Americans historically have been less likely to seek mental health care than others, but amid harassment and some violence related to COVID-19, experts urge those in need to seek help.

(Photo by CDEL Family/Creative Commons) Protesters speak out against racism amid the COVID-19 pandemic during a demonstration Feb. 29, 2020, in San Francisco’s Chinatown.

“And it’s also a wakeup call for Asian Americans that we need to speak out when we experience discrimination.

And though fewer Asian Americans report mental health concerns compared with whites, they are also three times less likely to seek help for mental health services than other Americans, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America.

Early on during the COVID-19 pandemic, Asian Americans showed the sharpest increase in percentages experiencing severe anxiety, according to screening data released by Mental Health America.

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