AWI Our Stories Our Voices presents: Keeping up with Your Cousins: Personal Impacts of Social Comparison in AAPI Communities

The Our Stories, Our Voices festival celebrates AAPI mental health stories told by AAPI filmmakers and artists. Over two days, filmmakers, mental health professionals, and community leaders will lead insightful, interactive workshops focused on the unique experiences of AAPI people and their mental health. You can see them all on the Our Stories, Our Voices information page!

Often we are taught to compare ourselves to members of our families and communities to see where we stack up. Comparison and competition are viewed as necessary sources of growth, without considering the negative consequences of such a mindset. This session will look at the perceived benefits and actual costs of social comparison on mental health, specifically within AAPI communities. Filmmakers Hao Zhao and Rosie Pidcock will be joined by mental health advocates Iris Chen and Amy Wong to examine how the collective pressure to evaluate ourselves against our peers impacts us as individuals.

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Featured National Resources:

Crisis Text Line
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Trans Lifeline
The Trevor Project


Date:January 26, 2022
Time:4:00 pm - 5:30 pm


Art With Impact


Workshop Evaluation

98% of participants said the festival enriched their understanding of AAPI mental health experiences
69% of attendees left the festival more likely to seek support for their mental health needs
91% of participants said they are more likely to take action in support of AAPI people in their life
So good. I love the Our Stories, Our Voices festivals every time. "
-Session Attendee


Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission The MHSOAC provides vision and leadership, in collaboration with clients, their family members, and underserved communities, to ensure Californians understand mental health is essential to overall health. MHSOAC holds public mental health systems accountable, provides oversight for eliminating disparities; promotes wellness, recovery and resiliency; and ensures positive outcomes for individuals living with serious mental illness and their families.