Chacku Mathai: They “would rather just see that “I’m better” and not deal with the issues that our communities continue to face”

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“I am an Indian-American, born in Kuwait and the first person in my family to be raised in the US. As a trauma survivor and an ex-patient of mental health and addiction treatment services, my mental health and addiction recovery has been in isolation from the support of my own extended family and broader South Indian community who would rather just see that “I’m better” and not deal with the issues that our communities continues to face. For them, my personal experience is easier to view as an individual condition of my own being (medical, moral, social, pick one), rather than an example of something others in our community might face as well or a microcosm of what our communities are going through.”

– Chacku Mathai, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) STAR Center Director

Connect with Chacku here: https://twitter.com/chackumathai

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