Nov. 22, 2022

understanding mental health in children is good

understanding mental health in children is good

Trigger warning: depression, suicide loss, racism/discrimination.

Dr. Nghi Dang was born in Vietnam but grew up in Southern California. After his family moved to the states, he shared the same struggles as many other immigrants with adjusting to a new norm and dealing with bullying, discrimination, and constantly having to self-validate while fighting off depression.  Having been in practice for over 10 years as a Family Physician, he realized that his struggles are shared by many of his patients. As the pandemic progressed, he saw more and more visits related to mental health in the clinic for both adults and children. He was motivated to do something to help educate children and start a dialogue between parents and children about mental health, and figured the best way to do so was through storytelling.

Check out Dr. Dang's short story series, The Adventures of Max and Friends.

Mentioned in episode: Dr. Angela Lee Duckworth's concept of "grit" (TEDTalk).

If you or a loved one is in need of immediate psychiatric assistance, please call the 24/7 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline at 988.

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