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Asian Students Support Group

By Counseling and Mental Health Services, Harvard University Health Services

Wednesday, November 30, 2022 4pm to 5:30pm

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Wednesday, November 30, 2022 4pm to 5:30pm

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Asian Students Support Group is offered by Wenhui Yang, LMHC, as a confidential and safe space for Asians and Asian Americans of all ethnic backgrounds to connect and explore.

On a monthly basis, Crystal Han, CAMHS psychiatrist will join to cofacilitate conversation around the impact of their culture, heritage and identity on mental health and wellness (For more info on monthly topics, see the event listing.)

 

 "I was once an international student myself and understand deeply the transition to academic life away from home and family of origin. I bring a culturally sensitive approach and welcome you to join this online support group. This group has now expanded to include Asian American students. " ~ Wenhui Yang

 

"As an Asian American female, it has been a complicated but rewarding journey to explore my history and racial and cultural identities. We hope to provide a space to foster community and support other AAPI students on their own journeys and toward our collective healing." ~ Crystal Han

 

In this space, we will provide support and psychoeducation and share some concrete skills in navigating life during transition and in the mix of stress. Although there is no one way that fits all things, taking the time and space to attend your questions and needs is valued: 

  • To have better understanding of how one's mind, body and emotions are so tightly connected. 
  • To appreciate the function of different coping/survival mechanisms to the societal/cultural/family system. 

 

Through the group support we can brainstorm solutions together.  Topics include, but are not limited to:  

  • Adapting to cultural shock and reverse cultural shock 
  • Making social connections and making new friends 
  • Cultivating confidence, especially for non-native speakers.   
  • Managing academic pressures, stress management 
  • Understanding the impact of ABCDG parenting styles  
  • Promoting growth mindset and positive psychology 
  • Understanding the impact of model minority myth 
  • Dealing with the stress that arises with visa status 
  • Managing Anti-Asian racism 
  • Overall wellbeing
  • Monthly cofacilitating topics (2nd Wednesday of the month) with one of our psychiatrists, Crystal Han on: racial and cultural identity, handling tiger parents/shame and guilt, culture clash, intersectionality.

 

Student Testimonial:

"I was experiencing anxiety and depression because of COVID-19, racism, and family conflicts. This group helped me navigate through the challenges I had been facing as a Chinese student throughout my graduate school years. This space makes me feel less lonely and more at ease with the high-stress environment of Harvard. I highly recommend it to anyone who experiences similar issues -- it's the most valuable resource I have utilized at Harvard.” 

 

Open to all registered Harvard students (undergrad and graduate) who have paid the 2022-2023 Student Health Fee.

If you are interested, please email the group leader directly and include your Student ID number, which allows CAMHS to securely message the workshop/group zoom link.

Contact:  Wenhui Yang, wyang@huhs.harvard.edu

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