Biological Sciences Learning Center
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, PanAsia Solidarity Coalition, and UChicago MannMukti.
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, identity, and social forces and expectations affect the way we perceive our own mental health, and that of our peers. 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.
Break the Silence is presented in collaboration by five different student organizations: UChicago Taiwanese American Student Association (TASA), UChicago South Asian Students Association (SASA), Active Minds: University of Chicago Chapter, PanAsia Solidarity Coalition at the University of Chicago, and UChicago MannMukti. To learn more about each partnering organization and about our organizing team, please click the button below!
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.