Suicide is the leading cause of death among Asian Americans ages fifteen to twenty-four. But most would never guess this due to mainstream representations, which portray Asian American and Pacific Islander groups as “model minorities” in health, wealth, and mannerisms.
Stigma: Breaking the Asian American Silence on Mental Health is both a narrative account and an informative look into the world of AAPI mental health. Exposing harmful narratives, while uplifting their voices and experiences, Tanaya Kollipara sets out to bring to light how the Asian/Pacific Islander identity impacts the stigma experienced and barriers faced by those with mental illness.
Weaving together stories with research and professional advice, Stigma dispels the myths and reveals the truths about mental health and mental illness within the AAPI community. Tanaya shows what happens when fear and cultural stigmas obstruct your ability to care for yourself— and, more importantly, what’s waiting on the other side, when you take that step towards mental wellness.
“Informative and relevant. Tanaya Kollipara does an amazing job of telling the story of individuals who have been hushed for generations about speaking up regarding mental health. She combines facts and prose perfectly to make understanding the Asian Americans that much easier. I am so thankful for a piece of literature like this so that Asian Americans can continue on their journey of realizing that it is okay to seek help and speak up about their mental health.”
"A necessary read to move the mental health stigma in the AAPI community from assuming to understanding. Tanaya highlights the importance of breaking the silence in our community and letting our inner self heal."
“Stigma is an individual examination of a global problem. The light each testimony sheds gives opportunity for the world to connect with empathy and education; it gives hope to both those in need and those desiring to help. This is a book every educator, or would be educator, ought to read.”
"With profound insights and an array of diverse perspectives, Tanaya Kollipara shines a light on the dark spaces that permeate our society, but often go unnoticed. This book is a must read for allies of the AAPI community and for anyone looking to develop an understanding of mental illness victims.”
“Using personal stories, Stigma acknowledges the unique social contexts that shape the people we are—and become—all the while harnessing the power of these personal stories to foster communal transformation.”
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