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Four high school students said they founded Project Lotus as a response to their community’s stigma against mental health treatmentPORTLAND, Ore — A group of Asian American high school students are trying to raise awareness about mental health, something they say their peers desperately need.

The lack of knowledge and awareness when it comes to dealing with mental health issues is a problem in their community, they say.

Because of this, the students say, Asian Americans may develop a fear of vulnerability and imperfection.

They host webinars, community blogs and even a podcast, The Root Problem, where they host raw discussions surrounding mental health.

“(There are) really, really distinct cultural differences, especially this intergenerational conflict that makes mental health a taboo topic among families,” explained Gu.

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