This year, the Everyone Counts Campaign focused on the Chinese American community. In traditional Chinese cultures, having a mental health challenge can cause a person to “lose face” or standing. Mental health issues are viewed as signs of weakness to be kept secret so as not to cause shame to members of one’s family or community. Discussions of mental illness are very often avoided and individuals living with these challenges may go without appropriate treatment or support.
Dr. Lawrence Yang of Columbia University is a leading expert in reducing internalized stigma for Chinese-American mental health consumers. The Chinese American Action team is comprised of consumers and family members, community-based service provider partners, and advocacy groups. Dr. Yang and the CAAT are collaborating with the Campaign to design and to host a series of educational forums, monthly meetings, WRAP (Wellness, Recovery, Action Plan) Trainings, and the Overcoming Internalized Stigma Group to value and to respect what matters most for Chinese-American consumers and the organizations that serve their mental health needs.
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Jean Lee, a member of PEERS' Chinese American Action Team, shares a short story about flowers and overcoming depression. Chinese language version available as well. 提供中文版本。
Jean Lee shares a personal story of losing a loved one, she ends her story saying, "I wish people in the world would give the ones that have mental illness more love and care while they are still alive."
Lorenzo Quan has overcome a variety of life challenges -- adoption, assimilation to a new culture, a suicide attempt, and homelessness.
Jean Lee, a member of our Chinese American Action Team, shares her journey of recovering from postpartum depression and reconnecting with her family.
Are you from the Chinese-American, Cantonese-speaking community and interested in learning skills to help you reclaim your life? 您是華裔美國人,來自說廣東話的社區嗎? 您是有否有個人的精神及情緒不安的經驗嗎 ?