AWI Voices With Impact presents: Swallowing Bitterness

Swallowing bitterness is a Chinese idiom meaning to bear hardship and accept suffering, and is commonly held as a virtue in Chinese communities. Cultural factors (including swallowing bitterness) along with language barriers, stigma and shame, the model minority myth, immigration status, and faith/spirituality, are all possible barriers to AAPIs accessing mental health care, resulting in the lowest help-seeking rate of any ethnic group in America. Emilie Cheung, Thea Loo, Ziyao Liu, and Hao Zhou, filmmakers of Chinese and Filipinx descent, speak to the mental health stigma that they have witnessed in their own lives and respective communities.

Watch the screen recording below, or download it here.

Featured National Resources:

Crisis Text Line
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Trans Lifeline
The Trevor Project
Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective (BEAM)
Black Mental Health Alliance

Please visit this page for International Resources.


Date:June 24, 2021
Time:4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Workshop Evaluation

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“I would love to share the films and resources from this event with friends, family, and others in order to bring about awareness and understanding about stories of traditionally underrepresented and unheard voices.” "
-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.