Q&A with Jennie
- How did you hear about AMHP?
I saw a post in the Asian Mental Health Professionals facebook group about AMHP near the beginning of quarantine and checked out the instagram page. I really liked the content and the event descriptions that I saw so I started following the page, hoping to get more involved!.
- Favorite emoji?
🥰 or 🥺
- Songs that get you out of bed?
Anything early 2000s emo: All Time Low, Panic at the Disco, Fall Out Boy, etc.
Also the Hamilton soundtrack and other musical theatre
- One thing you’re getting better at?
Taking time for self-care and my own mental health!
- Advice for anyone seeking mental health support for the first time?
The first appointment is the hardest one to keep. It can be super intimidating and scary to start the process, but I’m so proud of you for reaching out for help! Try and remember that there is no shame in doing so – if you were struggling with the flu, you would go to a doctor, because your body needed some extra support. If you’re struggling with your mental health, there is nothing wrong with going to a professional to give your mind some extra support.
- Why are you a part of AMHP?
I am passionate about destigmatizing mental health issues, particularly in minority communities. Being able to provide a supportive experience for people who may have repeatedly been told that mental health struggles = weakness is one of the most rewarding parts of being a mental health professional to me. I value the relationships I am building through this organization, and it’s wonderful to see so many people from different walks of life want to create change within the Asian community and mental health field!
- What are your involvements outside of AMHP? (school, work, volunteering)
I am currently in grad school for clinical mental health counseling and looking to continue schooling in clinical psychology. I also do research work for the university and volunteer with the Women’s Shelter in my city.
- What is the most important lesson you’ve learned since being part of the team?
We often make excuses such as “that’s just how they are” when talking about people and their unhealthy habits, but taking the time to have the hard conversations with those who may be unaware of the negative impact their words/actions have is the only way to create change. Even though these conversations may be uncomfortable and difficult, they can really deepen relationships, or at least give both parties a better understanding of the other.
- Favorite Quote?
“If knowledge is power, knowing what you don’t know is wisdom.” -Adam Grant
- Where can we connect with you?
My instagram is @jennietressler!