How to Change the Tides
Mental health can be a peaceful stroll along the beach. Mental health can be a genuine discussion with friends. Mental health can be yoga, meditation, chocolate cake, Netflix marathons, or a good book. Mental health can be anything you need it to be, but mental health DOES exist and it IS important. That, we cannot ignore.
How important is mental health, you ask? Well, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 25% of all U.S. adults have a mental illness and nearly 50% of U.S. adults will develop at least one mental illness during their lifetime. That said, Asian Americans are the least likely racial group to seek out mental health services.
So where does that leave us? How do we move forward without fully understanding what it is that is holding us back?
Conversations, mostly. Though Changing Tides is only a few months old, we have already found that simply discussing mental health – publicly, privately, with friends, and across generations – can chip away at the fear that often prevents us from seeking help or proactively taking care of our emotional self.
With this blog, we will share our stories, our experiences, relevant articles, and much more in hopes that we can create a safe space for you to explore mental health. We also encourage you to share your stories and experiences, anonymously or not. Above all, we hope that this space remains a productive, positive, judgement-free platform.
-The Changing Tides Crew