Mental health week submissions

Hi everyone, 

Thank you for reading G3S during our mental health week! We want to hear more from our readers on their own experiences or stories related to mental health. We welcome any articles, blogs, personal stories and other formats related to mental health issues and the LGBTQ community. 

You can find the submission form here

We look forward to hearing from you! 

-Fish

Introduction

asiamsemicolonproject:

Welcome to as(i)am;, an initiative dedicated towards collecting Asian American narratives on mental health and presenting hope and love for people who are struggling with mental illness. as(i)am; is also an initiative to learn and educate on mental health in the Asian American community. 

Keep reading

I came across this wonderful blog by chance today as I was scrolling through my Facebook and noticed one of my friends “liking” one of their recent Tumblr posts. Run by the Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association (APAMSA) Mental Health Initiative, as(i)am; is the Asian American mental health parallel to G3S, providing space to elevate the voices of a community often marginalized within our culture and broader society at large. I hope some of you find solace in these stories and I, for one, have reached out to find more resources on Asian American mental health.

-Jeffrey

Introduction

asiamsemicolonproject:

Welcome to as(i)am;, an initiative dedicated towards collecting Asian American narratives on mental health and presenting hope and love for people who are struggling with mental illness. as(i)am; is also an initiative to learn and educate on mental health in the Asian American community. 

Keep reading

I came across this wonderful blog by chance today as I was scrolling through my Facebook and noticed one of my friends “liking” one of their recent Tumblr posts. Run by the Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association (APAMSA) Mental Health Initiative, as(i)am; is the Asian American mental health parallel to G3S, providing space to elevate the voices of a community often marginalized within our culture and broader society at large. I hope some of you find solace in these stories and I, for one, have reached out to find more resources on Asian American mental health.

-Jeffrey

What It’s Like to Be an Asian-American With Depression

What It’s Like to Be an Asian-American With Depression:

Here is a short story for the anon that asked us to do a segment on mental health. Unfortunately the author does not delve into what resources she and her parents consulted to educate themselves about anxiety, depression, and mental health but I hope the story provides some comfort that other Asian Americans have gone through a similar experience. I appreciate how the author discusses the cultural context that informs the stigma of mental illness in the Asian American community. For our parents whom have proved resilient in the face of poverty and discrimination, mental illness can be taken as a sign of a weakness in character and not a legitimate health concern.

-Jeffrey

Aging in a Foreign Land: An Elderly Vietnamese Woman Speaks

Aging in a Foreign Land: An Elderly Vietnamese Woman Speaks:

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I feel like this is how my mother feels all the time. Coming from a traditional Chinese household in Malaysia, where family is just as central to everyone’s lives as it seems to be in Vietnamese culture, she highly values those occasional phone calls she can make to her parents halfway around the world and she constantly berates us for not better treating her/our dad the way we should. She really misses being with her family, but given how we make barely enough to get through each day, there’s no way she can afford a plane ticket back to see her family. She always stresses to us how important family and filial piety is, and is unequivocal about her opinion on how my sister and I will treat her when we’re adults and she approaches old age. 

Follower Friday: knnqn

Follower Fridays is a series of profiles highlighting members of Gaysian
Third Space to showcase the diversity of gaysians in the Community.
This week’s featured member is @knnqn.

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Who are you?

My name is Kenny, but I’ll take Ken or Kenneth too. I’m a 20 year old first generation Vietnamese-American guy!

Where are you from?

I was born in the OC, but I currently live in Santa Barbara. I go to UCSB, so I travel back and forth a lot!

What do you do?

I’m a third year Microbiology student at UCSB! I work in a research lab studying the coral reef system. We analyze coral-algae interactions, water nutrition samples, and coral tissue. I’m also starting a new lab assistant position that involves helping students with chemistry!

What are you passionate about?

I’m passionate about helping others in any way that I can. Even just lending out an ear seems to help a lot of people.

What is your dream job (real or fantasy)?

My dream job is to be a dentist. Giving people more confidence with their smiles has always sounded like a good career!

If you could change the world with one idea, what would it be?

I wish the world was more open-minded. There’s so much hate in the world and having a more open-mind would get rid of most of it. The minorities are always faced with discrimination and prejudice– often from people they love.