What Happened When I Was The Strong, Silent Type

Remember when we used to describe a person who was quiet and didn’t show much emotion as the strong, silent type? I don’t often hear that phrase anymore to describe a someone, and I’m glad. I mean, how strong is a person who is silent, especially when it comes to their mental health? Isn’t that an oxymoron? For generations, it was seen as a positive trait, to be the strong, silent type. You’re cool, collected and can withstand internalized pain. Movies stars portrayed this imagery very well, often looking cool and sexy in the movies if they were stoic. Continue reading What Happened When I Was The Strong, Silent Type

Anthony Bourdain’s Death: The Ongoing Fight Against Suicide and Depression (sometimes it’s not about the stigma)

Tea? Or Coffee? That was this morning’s dilemma after my routine 6 am workout at the gym. I pulled into the local Starbucks on Queen’s street in Port Moody and must have spent nearly 5 minutes out of my morning wrestling in my mind what beverage I wanted to start my work day with. Did I want something lighter and refreshing, like a green tea that’s chock full of antioxidants? Or did I want something with more body and boldness like a good old fashioned cup of Joe?

Tea? Or Coffee?

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Angry and Asian: Breaking Mental Health Barriers for Men.

One of my goals is to reach out and connect with men particularly in ethnic communities. I’d like to break the stereotypes and barriers that ethnic men don’t talk about mental health. Needless to say, I’m proud to share that I am an Asian male openly talking about my struggles with depression, anger and anxiety. Continue reading Angry and Asian: Breaking Mental Health Barriers for Men.