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On Asian Mental Health, from an Asian Mental Health Therapist (5/27/22)

Plenty of studies show that Asians have a higher stigma toward mental health struggles. Many cultural values that exist within the Asian culture seem to have a role in influencing an Asian individual’s decision to seek professional mental health help. Personally, in my own life, I have seen first-hand the... Read more...

Reflections About Safety, Part 4: Self-Empowerment and the Grievance Process When Rights Are Violated (5/20/22)

This final blog in the safety series addresses self-empowerment, awareness and preservation of rights and the process of filing grievances when rights are violated.   Read more...

Reflections About Safety, Part 3: Perspectives of a Mental Health Expert (5/6/22)

Professionals should be encouraged to seek sufficient training to help those who struggle with suicidal thoughts to talk about them in a safe and supportive setting, without the looming threat of being hospitalized. Read more...

Reflections About Safety, Part 2: Safety Plans and Legal Documents (4/21/22)

What needs to be in place to ensure that someone with mental health concerns who also has safety concerns feels “safe” with reaching out for help? Read more...

Reflections About Safety, Part 1: My Perspective as a Mental Health Consumer (4/8/22)

When I, as a patient, am struggling and voicing concerns with my psychiatrist or other mental health care provider, I am almost always faced with two questions immediately: “Do you feel safe?” and “Are you having any thoughts about taking your own life?” Read more...

A Year and a Half in Recovery (3/18/22)

My life had become unmanageable. I was drinking every night and trying hard to block out my pain. A friend suggested that I go to Harding Hospital, check myself in and get my mental health needs under control. Read more...

Words and Language Matter: How We Talk or Write about Mental Illness (10/15/21)

Words matter when we talk or write about mental illness, mental health or individuals who have psychiatric diagnoses. Read more...

Mental Health Advocacy for Yourself and Others (5/10/21)

What does it take to be an advocate individually and as part of a team or group? One voice can make a difference; for example, by sharing your story, you can empower yourself and others. However, by being part of a group, individuals can draw on their unique personal strengths... Read more...

New Year, New Beginnings (1/22/21)

We made it to a new year, and a new year means you have an opportunity to start over. Let’s just get it out the way and say, “2020 was such a hard year for many.” The whole world was in turmoil, and although we’re not quite out of the woods... Read more...