In many cultures, including many Asian cultures, the focus tends to be on physical health and mental health is rarely discussed.  

Vanessa Yang, the CEO and Founder of 1st Mentor Street, a mentorship program for youth, joins me to talk about how her Chinese background made it difficult to talk about mental health and wellness and how she’s now helping teens navigate their mental and physical health as they figure out life in general.  

Vanessa addresses the excessive comparison of ability with other kids leading to insecurity and depression without any mental health support.  

The “model minority” status with the Asian culture creates a lot of pressure to succeed without consideration for mental health and wellness.

There’s also an unspoken rule about not complaining or expressing sadness about life stressors.  

Stress for success with immigrant families leads to high suicide rate.

Vanessa also addresses what to do if your family doesn’t believe in mental health support and how you can improve your coping skills.

To learn more about Vanessa check out her Instagram page or visit her website

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