Mental Note

53: An Asian Mental Health Story with Carrie Zhang

By Ellie Pike, MA, LPC & Carrie Zhang

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Growing up, Carrie Zhang - the founder of The Asian Mental Health Project - felt as though she had no right to talk about her mounting struggles with sadness and anxiety.

You see, her parents - two immigrants from China and Taiwan - could simply not understand why their child might be unhappy. After all, they had sacrificed so much in order to give her a chance at prosperity and success.

As a result, Carrie did not find help processing trauma, depression, and anxiety until her university offered mental healthcare services. She now helps other Asian Americans overcome cultural and systemic barriers to mental health through the Asian Mental Health Project.

In this episode, we talk with Carrie about her personal awakening to mental health care, the cultural stigmas and institutional bias preventing the Asian Pacific Islander Desi American community - APIDA for short - from receiving the help they need, and finally what we all can do about it.

Presented by

Ellie Pike, MA, LPC

Ellie Pike is the Sr. Manager of Alumni/Family/Community Outreach at ERC & Pathlight Behavioral Health Centers. Over the years, she creatively combined her passions for clinical work with…
Presented by

Carrie Zhang

Carrie Zhang is the founder of Asian Mental Health Project Founded in 2019, the project currently uses social media, multimedia content creation and community events to de-stigmatize topics of mental…

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