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In May 2012, minority newborns began to outnumber their white counterparts in the US. But even with an African American president and huge growth of minority populations, why is it we as minorities are...
Dr. Pata Suyemoto is no newcomer to mental health issues. As a Japanese-American teenager, she faced stigma after attempting to take her own life. At 16, her parents were willing to get her medical help for her chronic depression, but there was still the unspoken rule of “no airing of dirty laundry” to anyone else. Her father, who was Japanese American, and her mother, who was Caucasian, faced their own issues. According to Suyemoto, her father never spoke of his internment as a Japanese American in Utah, yet the intergenerational trauma was there. Her mother dealt with her own bipolar illness while Suyemoto was growing up. Suyemoto herself also lives with Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD)