I knew there was only one way to change – overcoming shame and asking for help. For so long, I was managing my stress and anxiety without realising other resources were available to me. I consistently showed up as a perfectionist pretending everything was bright and happy, but behind closed doors, I was still the same person who was overwhelmed, frustrated and stuck. I no longer enjoyed social activities or hobbies that kept me busy. I was tired, and I started to withdraw from family and friends because it was easy that way.
As an Asian-Australian, the cultural upbringing and inter-generational conflict played a significant role in how I think and feel about life, which led to me not being aware of the signs and symptoms affecting my mental health.
The benefits of seeking professional counseling have helped change my perspective and attitude toward life and make my mental health a priority. From personal breakdowns to personal breakthroughs, the experience has led to my passion for turning lived experience into helping second generations like you understand how your cultural upbringing has influenced your mental health and create a care system that best serves you.