Angry and Asian: Breaking Mental Health Barriers for Men.

One of my goals is to reach out and connect with men particularly in ethnic communities. I'd like to break the stereotypes and barriers that ethnic men don't talk about mental health. Needless to say, I'm proud to share that I am an Asian male openly talking about my struggles with depression, anger and anxiety.

A word on Kindness

Kindness begins with how we see ourselves. Much of this depends on how we were treated as children. Unfortunately, childhood abuse survivors often grow up as adults who a have hard time seeing themselves with kindness. We don't realize the subconscious voices telling us that we're unlovable, we don't deserve happiness, we're ugly or we're useless.

Missing Dolores

I was shocked and disheartened on Monday January 15th when I read about the sudden passing of Dolores O'Riordan, lead singer of the band The Cranberries and one of my all time favorite singers. I can't help but wonder how difficult it must have been for her to live with her challenges, especially along with the highs and lows of stardom. Like anyone living with mental health challenges, regardless of the support we have around us, it can still sometimes feel solitary and isolating.

Purpose and Depression

One of the many things that motivates us as human beings is about making connections and doing things that matter to us. Whenever we do things that have value to us, we have purpose. We strive for a subconscious contribution to something greater than ourselves. We yearn to belong to something and to someone. We want to be valued.