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Ep 20: Asian American Women and Mental Health

 

Today’s episode is about Asian American women and mental health with guests Emily Wu Truong and Jessica Gimeno. You’ll hear Emily and Jessica talk about their personal stories, experiences within Asian American communities, and their mental health advocacy. 

Content note: Please be aware that there will be discussions of suicide and suicide attempts. For help call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255, they offer services in 150 languages and there is a chat option.  

Transcript

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Related Links

Minority Mental Health, U.S Department of Health and Human Services 

Chan, Rosalie. (September 25, 2017). Asian Americans Are Undergoing a Silent Mental Health Crisis. Vice.com

Gonzalez, Frances. (November 30, 2016). Where Are The Asian-American Mental Health Stories? The Establishment.

Jiang, Sarah. Depression, 1 2 3: an audio podcast documentary.

About

 A picture of a woman sitting. Image is cut off at the chest. She is looking straight at the camera, and smiling with bright pink lipstick and pink blush on her cheeks. Long black hair is asymmetrical and falls to the right side of her face. She has long lashes and brown eyes. Wearing a soft, green sweater. Background of picture is white--no furniture.
A picture of a woman sitting. Image is cut off at the chest. She is looking straight at the camera, and smiling with bright pink lipstick and pink blush on her cheeks. Long black hair is asymmetrical and falls to the right side of her face. She has long lashes and brown eyes. Wearing a soft, green sweater. Background of picture is white–no furniture.

Jessica Gimeno is an award-winning speaker, health activist, writer, and a fighter.  Her TEDx Talk, “How to Get Stuff Done When You Are Depressed,” has more than 1 million views, and was named by Healthline one of the Best Depression Videos of the Year in 2016 and 2017.  Jessica fights bipolar 2, myasthenia gravis, polycystic ovarian syndrome, psoriasis, and asthma everyday.  She advocates for people with mental illness, chronic illness/pain and disabilities.  Jessica’s website, Fashionably ill ® , is about surviving pain–mental and physical–with style and humor.  Jessica is also a contributor to The Huffington Post.  MSNBC filmed a 2014 documentary on her life.  Jessica’s story has also been featured in NBC News, BuzzFeed, Health Central, and everydayHEALTH.  She won Health Activist Hero in the 2016 WEGO Health Awards.  She coaches high school debate, and has been working with Rutgers University and the University of Massachusetts Medical School since 2014 to help young adults with severe mental illness.  She also works with the Heatlhcare Rights Coalition and Protect Our Care to save Medicaid and protect the civil rights of people with disabilities.  Jessica graduated cum laude from Northwestern University (Evanston, IL) with a B.S. in Communications and a Second Major in Political Science.  While at Northwestern, she was a State Champion and National Semi-Finalist in Impromptu Speaking.  In Jessica’s free time, she enjoys Pilates, New Kids On the Block, and spending time with her nephews.

Website: http://jessicagimeno.com/

YouTube video by Jessica: How to get stuff done when you are depressed, TEDxPilsenWomen

Twitter: @JessicaGimeno

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Taiwanese American female with long brown hair and dark brown eyes smiling

Emily Wu Truong is an award-winning motivational speaker in Los Angeles, who has worked tirelessly to address the misconceptions of individuals who struggle with mental illness. As a mental advocate, she shares her own experiences in order to advocate for children in communities of color whose voices are often under-represented. She also collaborates with other organizations to create safe spaces & encourage informative discussions on equipping advocates with the resources they need to improve the quality of life in their communities. In recognition of Emily’s efforts, Senator Ed Hernandez honored Emily with the 2015 Woman of Achievement Award, and most recently, Emily spearheaded the establishment of May 10th as “Asian Pacific American Mental Health Day” in Los Angeles County. In honor of this day, Emily was recognized for her grassroots efforts in highlighting the struggles & resilience of the Asian Pacific American communities.

Video: https://www.facebook.com/MLEWu/videos/697174403684800/  

Facebook: Facebook.com/MLEWu

Twitter: @emilywspeaks

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Credits

Geraldine Ah-Sue, Audio Producer

Alice Wong, Writer, Producer, Interviewer

Cheryl Green, Text Transcript

Lateef McLeod, Introduction

Mike Mort, Artwork

Theme Music (used with permission of artist)

Song: “Dance Off”

Artist: Wheelchair Sports Camp

Music

Cloudbank” by Podington Bear (Cloudbank by Podington Bear is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 International License.)

Lens Flare” by Podington Bear (Lens Flare by Podington Bear is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 International License.)

“Box Canyon” by Podington Bear (Box Canyon by Podington Bearis licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 International License.)

Transient” by Podington Bear (Transient by Podington Bear is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 International License.)

Sounds

“VOCODER countdown” by Jack_Master. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons 0 License.

8 Bit Beeping Computer Sounds” by sheepfilms. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons 0 License.

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