Mental health: Four unique challenges facing Chinese international students

By Justin Chen, psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital, and Lusha Liu, psychiatrist   In April, Harvard University sophomore Andrew Sun jumped to his death from a seven-story building in Boston. He was 20 years old. News of Sun’s suicide shocked the Harvard community. The well-liked young man originally from China had moved as a rising high school sophomore to the United States, where he quickly distinguished himself as an outstanding and ambitious student. At Harvard he studied economics, tutored children in South Boston and was active in a campus Christian association; colleagues there remembered him as a caring and supportive … Continue reading

Nine Asian American students receive awards for mental health awareness

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Nine Asian American high school students from Malden received awards for their “Photovoice” projects on mental health during the Strides Against Stigma event on April 27 at Boston University’s Nickerson Field.
The project originated from the Chinese Culture Connection in Malden, and was supported by the Institute for Community Health and the Asian American Civic Association. Continue reading

Chinese Americans speak out in mental health series

Mental illness has a stigma in the Chinese community, making it difficult for affected individuals to seek help. “Many people feel ashamed about their problems and doubt the treatment,” said George Hsu, a retired professor of psychiatric medicine at Tufts Medical Center, who participated in the series. Continue reading