The subject of mental health is like the elephant in the room that no one wants to talk about, and that is how it seems in my local community. Many individuals choose not to seek help in fear of becoming marginalized and shunned by friends and family. Many choose to suffer in silence because they were taught to “save face” over “airing their dirty laundry” to anyone, or else they would bring shame to themselves and the family. On the contrary, many people know me as a strong advocate for mental health awareness because I choose to not remain silent about mental health issues. So let’s talk about the elephant in the room, shall we?
With the help of positive quotes, letting go of perfectionism, developing unconditional love and forgiveness towards myself and others, that is where my healing and inner peace started to begin. Where there is internal healing, there is mental liberation and freedom.
These are topics that I will be privileged to speak about at the next conference for the Innovations Conference of the LACDMH’s LA County Client Coalition (LACCC) on June 23rd at the California Endowment Center. There I will be speaking about my journey to finding my self-worth, and I hope you can join me! For further information & the registration form to attend, go to LACCC’s website! And on the day of the event, don’t be surprised if you see me wearing lime green! That is the ribbon color for mental health awareness!
Emily Wu Truong (吳怡萱) is a Taiwanese American Community Activist for Mental Health Awareness in the San Gabriel Valley in Los Angeles County. Driven by her passion to impact society on a greater scale, Emily’s speaking career as a motivational speaker is underway. As an active member and volunteer for the Asian Coalition of the LA County Department of Mental Health & NAMI, San Gabriel Valley, she hopes to inspire and bring more awareness to mental health issues that are often stigmatized and misunderstood in society today.