How I Learned to Talk About Emotional Well-being in My Asian Community

By Victor Ung.

 

"Don’t wait until there’s a problem."

 

"Have you felt judged for talking to your friends about mental health?

The stigma against mental illnesses closes most of us off from talking about it, especially within my Asian-American community, and among those who’ve absorbed narrow definitions of masculinity.

The first step to breaking the stigma is making the distinction between mental health and mental illness. The former is about the overall health of our minds. The latter is a diagnosis from a psychiatrist or psychologist. Most of us are not trained medical professionals, but we can have conversations about our overall well-being."

Read more of Victor's piece on Medium.