Mustard Seed Generation is...
A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to restoring individuals, families, and communities by raising awareness of mental health in Korean American communities through the dissemination of relevant research, educational conferences and workshops.
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As trusted leaders of the church, pastors are often the first responders to mental health problems among congregants. This may be because few Korean Americans use professional mental health services, due to language barriers, the lack of culturally sensitive mental health providers, stigma and shame surrounding mental health, and a lack of awareness about mental health disorders and services (Lee et al., 2008).
Last month on August 24th, Dr. Josephine Kim was invited to speak at DKnet Radio '매일 그대와'. She spoke about the difficulties Korean American families face living in the United States as well as the importance of the Let's Talk! Dallas Conference that will be held on September 15th, 2018.
Please note that the broadcast is in Korean.
A study conducted in 2009 on 20 Korean American adolescents aged 11 to 14 and their parents gives us a glimpse as to why Korean American children are stressed. The study found that the main sources of stress for them were: 1) peer relationships, 2) being treated differently or unfairly, 3) pressure to perform well academically, and 4) strained parent-child relationships.
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testimonies from our participants
"Prior to the conference, I held the false notion that seemingly negative emotions, such as anger and disappointment, reflected a dwindling faith and weak hope in God. However, participating in [MSG's conference] helped me understand that God doesn’t diminish my fears and aches – that He sits with me in my confusions, helps me work through them, and reminds me that I’m not alone. A few weeks have passed since the conference, but the lessons learned remain relevant and timely." -C. Ahn