Aug 12, 2020
TW: This episode includes mention of suicidal ideation and behavior, as well as discussion of a suicide attempt that the guest survived.
Diana Chao is a 21-year-old first-generation Chinese-American immigrant from southern California. During her sophomore year of high school, bipolar disorder nearly ended her life…and inspired her to create non-profit Letters To Strangers (L2S), which uses the healing power of the written word to create awareness of mental health and illness, and spread comfort as “humanity distilled into ink”. Today, L2S is the largest global youth-for-youth mental health nonprofit, impacting over 35,000 people on six continents. For this effort, Diana has been named Oprah Magazine's 2019 Health Hero, the youngest winner of the Unilever Young Entrepreneurs Award, and the only American winner of the 2019 Global Changemakers cohort. As part of Adobe's inaugural class of global Top Talents, Diana seeks to further the intersection of creativity and social impact through conceptual photography. Her Minority Mental Health Month self-portrait series went viral with 2+ million views, and she gives workshops and speeches on youth mental health. She’s also a 2020 recipient of the Diana Award, named for Princess Diana and honoring youth changing the world. But most of the time, she is a third-year at Princeton University trying to wake up for class on time. And, as you will soon learn: an absolute delight.
Tune in as Diana shares: