ACAM Dialogues: Mental Health in Asian Canadian Communities

What does mental health in Asian Canadian communities mean to you? How do we talk about mental health in our communities? How do we sustain communities and support each other? On March 7, join us as we explore these questions through a short film screening and discussion.

This event will pilot the ACAM Dialogues: Mental health in Asian Canadian communities. This series emerges as a response to voiced student interest around discussion on mental health and wellbeing that accounts for experiences at the intersections of race, gender, sexuality, class, and/or disability, along with the role of community in collective learning. Through these events, students will engage in peer discussions to mental health and wellness literacy, collective analysis, and sustainable community-building on campus.

Event/film screening content note: Films TBD. This event will involve discussions on experiences with mental health and mental illness, particularly as represented in film. Content notes will be provided as details are are announced, and again at the start of the film screening and discussion.

We gratefully acknowledge that this event will take place at UBC, which is located on the traditional, unceded, ancestral homelands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) First Nation.

This event is free and open to all. As we share conversations around the topic of mental health in Asian Canadian communities, we would like to center the experiences of POC students (particularly Asian Canadian students). We recognize the complexity of this label, and participants do not have to identify as Asian/Asian Canadian to attend; however, guests are invited to be mindful of who this space is for if attending. To ensure that this space is safe for all, we also encourage guests to be mindful of each other’s needs when participating. While we cannot offer professional counselling, mental health services, or crisis intervention, active listeners will be available during and after the event for those who need to check in with someone or connect with available mental health resources and support services on campus. Resource people will be present to share information about campus professional and peer-to-peer resources.


– Dinner (vegetarian and vegan options) available with registration.
– Guide to gender-inclusive and wheelchair-accessible washrooms at UBC:
– If you require other dietary or accessibility-related accommodations (e.g. ASL interpretation, accessible parking, specific dietary requirements, or any other accessibility-related measure) please contact by Wednesday, February 28th, 2018.

Visual notes from this event can be accessed here.