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DMHS May Blog Post – Recognition of AAPI Heritage Month

This AAPI Heritage Month the Department of Mental Health Services (DMHS) would like to express appreciation for the IUSM Asian American and Pacific Islander community and their valued contributions to the advancement of medicine and medical education. May was designated as AAPI heritage month in 2009 in order to honor the history and culture of the AAPI community. The month of May was specifically selected due to its historical significance as the month in which the first Japanese immigrant arrived in the United States (May 7th, 1843) and also the month in which the last spike on the transcontinental railroad was laid by Chinese workers (May 10th, 1869). Here at DMHS we honor and celebrate the AAPI community for their unique culture and identity, and for all they have done for this nation. We at DMHS also acknowledge the increased hate that has been directed towards the AAPI community in part due to anti-pandemic racism over the past few years and recognize that these challenges are far from being resolved. With education and exposure to the stories of our AAPI colleagues, we can increase our individual and collective knowledge thereby providing better support and care for this community. This May the DMHS staff would like to encourage you to read, listen, and watch the stories of members of the AAPI community. Unsure of where to start? Check out the links below!
Go Read

Go Listen

Go Watch

Need to talk?

For trainees: The Department of Mental Health Services is available to provide mental health and personal counseling services to all students, residents, and fellows. There are a few ways to access services:

  • To request an appointment with the Department of Mental Health Services, send a secure message via the online portal at or call 317-278-2383 during normal business hours (Monday – Friday, 8 am to 5 pm).
  • For urgent matters, call 317-278-HELP (4357), 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. A licensed clinical health specialist will provide an assessment and help direct you to appropriate treatment options based on the situation. You may also call on behalf of a trainee if you are a family member, friend, or colleague concerned about their well-being. You may call anonymously if desired.

For IU Health employees:

For IU Employees:

  • The IU Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provides 24/7/365 access to licensed mental health counselors via SupportLinc or 888-881- LINC (5462) for IU School of Medicine team members and their households.
  • Access to Anthem LiveHealth Online is included with your IU-sponsored medical coverage. This service allows you to engage with a mental health provider via telehealth using your IU insurance provider.