Asian American Teenage Girls Have Highest Rates of Depression; NAMI Releases Report

Asian American Teenage Girls Have Highest Rates of Depression; NAMI Releases Report

Arlington, VA (PRWEB) February 16, 2011

Asian American teenage girls have the highest rate of depressive symptoms of any racial, ethnic or gender group according to a report released today by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).

The report is based on a “listening session” with mental health experts from different Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities held in Los Angeles in November 2010.

Key issues in the report include barriers to mental health services and negative perceptions of mental health problems particular to AAPI communities.

The report highlights statistics from the U.S. Department of Heath and Human Services (HHS) Office of Minority Health (OMH) and National Asian Women’s Health Organization (NAWHO) posing concern.

    Asian American girls have the highest rates of depressive symptoms of any racial/ethnic or gender group;
    Young Asian American women ages 15 to 24 die from suicide at a higher rate than other racial/ethnic groups;
    Suicide is the fifth leading cause of death among Asian Americans overall, compared to the ninth leading cause of death for white Americans;
    Older Asian American women have the highest suicide rate of all women over 65; and
    Among Southeast Asians, 71 percent meet criteria for major affective disorders such as depression—with 81 percent among Cambodians and 85 percent among Hmong.

“Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders represent a rich diversity of languages and cultures” said NAMI Executive Director Michael Fitzpatrick. “They include traditions from China, India, Vietnam, Korea and the Philippines to name only a few. Mental health care must recognize cultural differences as well as common concerns inside our broader national community.”

Recommendations include:

    A national strategy of outreach and engagement using cultural messages, ambassadors and social media;
    A linguistically and culturally responsive mental health workforce, including recruitment of bilingual and bicultural members of the AAPI community; and.
    Recognition of cultural influences such as tight-knit family connections and individual and family desires to avoid stigma and shame from seeking treatment.

NAMI’s Multicultural Action Center convened the listening session. Participants included:

    Asian American Studies Program; California State University
    Asian Health Coalition
    Center for Education Empowerment
    Charles B Wang Community Health Center
    Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement
    Chinese American Mental Health Outreach Program (NAMI New Jersey)
    Lehigh University
    NAMI Orange County
    NAMI San Diego
    NAMI San Francisco
    Pacific Clinics
    Peers Envisioning and Engaging in Recovery Services
    Rams Inc.
    U.C.-Davis School of Medicine
    Rethink BPD
    San Mateo County Health Department
    Union of Pan-Asian Communities and
    Utah Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health

About NAMI

NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness. NAMI has over 1,100 state and local affiliates engaged in research, education, support and advocacy.


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Pring Escape, Monterey Style: New Girls’ Goodlife Getaway

Pring Escape, Monterey Style: New Girls’ Goodlife Getaway

Monterey County, CA (PRWEB) February 4, 2005

This spring, grab the girls and go coastal! Renew and recharge with spiked-up spa treatments, outback equestrian romps, two-for-one golf lessons or a rejuvenating cruise along the world-famous 17-Mile Drive in a classic 1929 Model A reproduction. New: Monterey County Convention & Visitors Bureau’s “Girls’ Goodlife Getaway” package features discounts at 24 area hotels and resorts with value-added deals on sports, spas, wine and culinary adventures throughout the region. Available March 1 through April 30, 2005, the “Girls’ Goodlife Getaway” package can be reserved now at

Tapping into the booming trend in female-only travel, this sybaritic sojourn along California’s classic corridor packs plenty of punch. Slip into a complimentary Monterey Sea Salt Aroma Bath, ponder the local Pinot Noirs with a crafty Wine Tasting Survival Kit or dice it up via a two-for-one culinary course certain to launch the next Food Network star. Created to seduce every sense, the Girls’ Goodlife Getaway is the ultimate Rx for women seeking a respite.

Affordable Escapes

Stay and save at 24 participating hotels and resorts ranging from classic Victorian inns to four-star ocean-front properties. Depending upon dates, rates start as low as $ 49.00/night (Carmel River Inn). More than seven hotels offer guestrooms for under $ 100.00/night. For a complete listing of hotel properties visit the “Girls’ Goodlife Getaway” package at

Indulgence on a Dime

Pampering Hits a High Note/Spas Lounge in the luxury surroundings of the newly-renovated Spa at Quail Lodge, Carmel Valley’s legendary retreat offering plush poolside treatment cabanas surrounding a soothing sun-drenched pool. From the signature Epicurean Facial to Quail’s LaStone River Rock Massage, the resort ensures guests check in and check out fully renewed. Deal: With every 50-minute massage receive a complimentary 30-minute Monterey Bay Seaweed Wrap.

Oceanfront, visitors can slip in and chill down to the sounds of the sea while melting away at the top-notch Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa located on historic Cannery Row. View the world – and a few whales – from the stunning penthouse spa facilities and rooftop sun deck with fireplace. Deal: With every 50-minute spa treatment receive a complimentary 25-minute Monterey Grape Seed Tea Bath.

Certain to swell every sense, Monterey’s Spa on the Plaza is the stop for a plethora of creative treatments mastered by owners Roy and Camille Malcolm. From serenity wraps to freeze dried masks tackling those delicate zones, the 6,000 sq. ft. sanctuary is buzzing with bliss. Deal: With every 50-minute spa treatment receive a complimentary Monterey Sea Salt Aromatherapy Bath.

Energia Body Centre at Del Monte Shopping Center is stop for fitness buffs who enjoy pumping up and pampering in one stop. Deal: With every 50-minute massage receive a complimentary Monterey Bay Sea Salt Scrub and free day pass to the fitness center.

Wine and Culinary Adventures

From the new River Road winetasting trek to the cache of boutique wineries popping up in Carmel Valley, winetasting in Monterey County is nothing short of world-class. Kick off the adventure with a visit to A Taste of Monterey, one of the County’s top tasting and retail stores stashed along Cannery Row. Deal: Two-for-one winetasting and one complimentary Wine Country Survival Kit to kick off the road trip. Kit includes a six-pack airplane wine carrier to pack those gems home, Monterey Wine Country Map & Guide and travel wine opener.

Kick it up in the kitchen with a stint at the Culinary Center of Monterey, location for a variety of day courses in a state of the art “Dream Kitchen.” Learn the art of grilling and marinades, beer food, entertaining with ease or cooking for a romantic rendezvous from classically trained chefs. Deal: Two-for-one cooking class. Restrictions and black-out dates apply.

The armchair oenophile can cash in on a regional wine, culinary or agricultural tour and leave the driving to a pro with Ag Venture Tours, one of Monterey County’s top tour operators. Deal: With every half- or full-day tour receive one bottle of Monterey County wine and two wine glasses (per twosome).

Sports and Travel Persuits

Ladies, start your engines! Wind the day away as the sun sizzles into the Pacific with a soothing cruise in a classic 1929 Model A reproduction along the stunning 17-Mile Drive, or hit high gear on a progressive shopping spree from antiquing in Moss Landing to gallery hopping in Carmel Valley. Rev up and recharge in that dream car for a day via Monterey Rent-a-Roadster. Deal: Rent a 1929 Model A Ford Roadster reproduction for two hours and receive the third hour free.

Annie Oakleys meet their match at Holman Ranch, a lush 400-acre retreat tucked deep within Carmel Valley. Once the locale for social parties and Hollywood’s elite, the ranch now offers a gracious equestrian center and event setting certain to blow the hooves off any horse lover. Deal: Two-for-one Hopalong Cassidy one-hour trail ride.

Ranked the top golf destination in the nation, Monterey County puts a new spin on “green with envy” and is a haven for the growing force of female golfers taking to the tees. Soothe your groove and hammer down that handicap at three of the region’s key golf courses including the 72-par Bayonet & 72-par Blackhorse Golf Club. Deal: Tap into top-ranked LPGA instructor Katherine Nino for a two-for-one one-hour golf lesson.

Located on the 4,366-acre “Canada de le Segunda,” Rancho Canada Golf Club tees up with two 18-hole, 72-par courses graced with gently rolling broad to needle narrow fairways framed by the Santa Lucia Mountains. Challenging play awaits the avid golfer as courses traverses Carmel Valley River in a tapestry of traps and tribulations. Deal: Two-for-one one-hour golf lesson.

Visitor Information

Monterey County is located 120 miles/192 km south of San Francisco and 345 miles/552 km north of Los Angeles along the classic California corridor. The region boasts 99 miles of prime Pacific Coastline, the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, three historic missions, 45,000 acres of premium vineyards, 25 golf courses and 250+ accommodations. Monterey County includes the Monterey Peninsula, Big Sur, North County and the Salinas Valley. For a free copy of the Monterey County Travel & Meeting Planner or to book the Monterey “Girls’ Goodlife Getaway” package, visit or contact the Monterey County Convention & Visitors Bureau at 888/221-1010.

Editor Note:     

Monterey County is an equal opportunity travel destination. Men welcome on all “Goodlife” packages.

“Girls’ Goodlife Getaway” Images:

Contact: Koleen Hamblin/KOLI Communications    


Julie Armstrong/Monterey County CVB


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Holiday Benefit for Boys and Girls Club of Greenwich

Holiday Benefit for Boys and Girls Club of Greenwich

Greenwich, CT (PRWEB) April 5, 2006

Adria de Haume, a Greenwich “home town” talent, opened her studio on December 11th, 2005 for a holiday show of her exclusive designs to benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Greenwich. “Adria’s warm, generous spirit embraces everyone, especially children and I am honored by her commitment to reach out to make a difference both personally and professionally for the Club”, said Carol Browne, prominent member of the Board of Trustees.

Established in 1910, the Boys and Girls Club of Greenwich, (BGCG) known as “The Positive Place for Kids,” encourages youth leadership through its character development and leadership programs. The Club provides education in career enhancement, health and life skills, the arts, sports, fitness and recreation. The Club’s steadfast mission remains: “To inspire and enable all young people in our community, especially those from disadvantaged circumstances, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens.” To learn more about this wonderful organization, visit their web site

The holiday studio event was a great success, with Haume donating $ 10,000 to the Club. Bob DeAngelo, Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Club, wrote, “this support ensures that we continue to make great moments for many children, and to our mission.”

Both he and Carol Browne expressed their gratitude for this gift.

Adria remarked, “It is my joy to be able to do this for such a deserving endeavor. Greenwich is a town where people care deeply about the welfare of others, and their philanthropic support for the Boys and Girls Club, as well as for so many other important charities, is a beautiful reflection on the spirit of our community.”


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