Mental Health Month & Asian American Suicide Rates

Hi, it’s Dr. Curry-Winchell, aka Dr. BCW, I want to take a moment and honor May as Mental Health Awareness Month. It’s important to take a moment to recognize the significant role that mental health plays in our overall well-being. According to the CDC, 26% of American adults suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year. It was also recently disclosed that young Asian American adults have the highest suicide rates of any ethnic group in the United States. It’s crucial that we prioritize our mental health to lead a fulfilling life.

We need to acknowledge the stressors in our lives.  We need to find resources to help address them in a healthy and sustainable way. This includes taking a break from social media, reading a book, or participating in an activity that brings us joy. It’s essential to recognize how we feel and invest in the overall health of our body and mind.

If you are not experiencing depression, remember it’s also important to think about others. Check in on our loved ones and neighbors. Someone might be shining radiantly on the outside, but battling something on the inside. Taking the time to connect with others can make a huge difference in their lives.

Investing in yourself is vital to reducing overall stress and keeping a healthy mindset. Try scheduling time on your calendar to focus on yourself, whether it’s a few minutes, an hour, or even an entire day.

Finally, remember we’ve experienced significant changes in our world. From the pandemic to inflation from layoffs to widespread violence around the globe. These changes can take a toll on our physical and emotional well-being. If you experience a serious mental health crisis, know that you’re not alone. Support is available, such as the national suicide and crisis lifeline.  Number 988, you can call or text to connect with a mental health professional.

Mental health is essential to our overall well-being, and we need to prioritize it. Taking small steps to invest in yourself and others, acknowledging stressors, prioritizing sleep, and seeking mental health support when needed can make a significant difference.

In honor of Mental Health Month, let’s prioritize our mental health and support one another.

Stay informed and make well-informed decisions about your health and well-being.

– Dr. BCW (Dr. Curry-Winchell)