July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. Across the board among minority groups in the US, stigmas surrounding mental health and treatment are much greater than they are for whites. So, while July is almost over, I hope this is only the beginning of the Asian American community and other minority communities championing a shame-free discussion about our mental health.
Check out this article about the author’s experience living with mental illness as an Asian American person, and reflections about participating in the project No Shame Day, an international day for people worldwide to share their stories of mental illness and treatment openly. No Shame Day is part of a larger project to destigmatize mental illness and promote mental health education for people of African descent worldwide.