Update on Filipino American colonial mentality story
The first story in my four-part series on Filipino American mental health is scheduled to run next week!
Happy Thursday and Happy Filipino American History Month! Hope your week has been going well so far.
I decided to create this newsletter to provide updates on my fellowship project on Filipino American mental health. I figured it would be an easier way to share new developments, and it would make it easier to invite other folks to follow along. If you know anyone who would be interested in learning more about this project, you can either invite them to subscribe or easily forward them a direct link to this newsletter.
If you're receiving this email in your inbox, it's because you shared with me at some point that you'd like to receive updates on this series. (Thank you again for your interest!) If you're reading this because someone forwarded it to you, here's where you can learn more about my project.
With that, here are a couple of updates I wanted to share with you about where I am in the reporting process, as well as upcoming events:
I've finished reporting for my first story about the impact of colonial mentality on Filipino American mental health! A huge, huge thank you to everyone who took time to share their experiences with me during the focus group and in individual interviews. We're preparing the story for publication, which is scheduled to run next week. I'll let you know once it goes live.
Oct. 15 event: Filipino American mental health virtual gathering. To kick off this series, I'm collaborating with Los Angeles non-profit Search to Involve Pilipino Americans, community-based health organization SSG Silver and mental wellness program Change Your Algorithm to host a virtual event next Friday, Oct. 15. Something that's come up a lot in the reporting I've done on mental health is that there seems to be a strong need for more spaces to talk about mental health. It’s clear that there's a real shortage of these spaces, so I thought it would be great to hold an event that creates that space for people. You can RSVP for the event and find more info here, and find a graphic to share on social media below. And if you're interested in attending but don't feel comfortable talking, you're welcome to simply sit in and listen during the event.
Upcoming focus group on depression and suicide ideation. With reporting for my first story completed, I've started reporting for the second story in the series about depression and suicide ideation. I'll be holding a focus group the week of Oct. 18 to learn more about Filipino American experiences with these issues. This session will be on background and off the record. RSVP and learn more here. You can find an image to share on social media below.
Those are the three main developments so far. I'll touch base again when the story is published. In the meantime, feel free to reach out if you have any questions.
Hope you have a good rest of the week!