Biological Sciences Learning Center
April 12-13, 2019
Break the Silence is an Asian and Asian American mental health conference hosted by UChicago Taiwanese American Student Association, South Asian Students Association, Active Minds: University of Chicago Chapter, and PanAsia Solidarity Coalition at the University of Chicago.
Despite having a reported 17.3% overall lifetime rate of any psychiatric disorder, Asians and Asian Americans are about three times less likely to seek mental health services than Caucasians. Whether it be pressure to adhere to the “model minority” stereotype, family cultural values that stigmatize mental health, or even simply a lack of awareness of the resources and services available, the intersections between culture/identity and mental health remains an increasingly prevalent and pressing topic to discuss.
And now, we take action. Break the Silence is a two-day mental health conference, free to all UChicago students and community members who want to learn more about how aspects of Asian culture or identity affect the way we perceive our own mental health, and that of our peers. Recognizing that there are multiple forms of knowledge that are equally important, this conference seeks to share the work of academic and community members, facilitate important conversations and discussions, and promote ways to leverage the resources available to us for our mental and emotional well-beings.
Registration will close on April 10th.
Break the Silence is an Asian and Asian American mental health conference hosted by UChicago Taiwanese American Student Association, South Asian Students Association, Active Minds: University of Chicago Chapter, and PanAsia Solidarity Coalition at the University of Chicago. Please click on the button below to learn more about us!
The Lotus Collective is an anthology that showcases artwork from students and community members related to mental health and the Asian/Asian American experience.
Every week throughout the month of March, we will roll out a new theme related to mental health. We invite you to create and submit your artwork (of any form, whether that be prose, painting, or photography) inspired by any one of these themes. Your artwork will be displayed in a digital anthology, available in the beginning of April. Just like how lotus flowers grow out of murky water, we hope that your artwork will reflect the way people overcome their own mental health-related challenges.
Limited street parking is available around campus.
Parking Garages: The preferred visitor garage is located at 55th St and Ellis Ave. The Campus South Parking Garage is located at 6054 S Drexel Ave, near the Logan Center for the Arts, open to non-permit holders after 9am. Visitors may park at the Medical Campus parking garage, at 59th St and Maryland Ave.
Parking Lots: Wells Lot, located near the Logan Center at 60th St and Drexel Ave, is free after 4pm and all day on weekends.