Welcome to heART's hope
Asians* in Focus is pleased to announce the creation of a new initiative heART’s hope, that will focus on mental health awareness and suicide prevention for Asian Americans Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders. heART’s hope was started through a generous donation from the Sevelo family to honor Nicholas Fatu Sevelo, who ended his life at the age of 18. On November 14, 2020, Fatu’s family held a 5k Memorial fundraiser to honor and celebrate his life and raise awareness around suicide to prevent others from experiencing the pain of losing a loved one. They donated the funds to the National Asian American Pacific Islander Mental Health Association which created Asians* in Focus to emphasize the power of healing through the use of art. In addition to the Sevelo family, the Center for Psychology and Culture donated funds to focus specifically on Native Hawaiians and Indigenous people. You will see the art of all who shared their story to promote awareness around mental health and suicide prevention, art connecting AAPI using creativity in many forms of media, and focusing on the resilience, hope and the pride of being AANIPI.
Content warning - pieces in the gallery discuss suicide.
If you are having a mental health crisis, dial 9-8-8.
We hope you enjoy.
If you would like to support this project please donate to NAAPIMHA