The name of this thread definitely caught my eye, Josette!
This topic hits home.
I definitely think that multicultural people are behind in understanding what mental illness is, compared to Western people.
When I was depressed, my parents (immigrants from China and Hong Kong) brushed it off as attention-seeking. Later on when my depression got worse, my parents told me I was ungrateful, spoilt, etc. My sisters told me multiple times to kill myself so I wouldn't make the household miserable. My family wasn't supportive at all.
When I attempted suicide in my room, my Mum was hurt and retaliated by telling me to kill myself outside the house so the house won't have my death hanging all over <- FYI, NOT what to tell someone who is suicidal.
All that was over 3 years ago. I am in a much better mindset now, but I still get anxiety attacks, which my parents don't deal with very well.
Over a year ago, one of my friends (Chinese background) suicided because he couldn't land any graduate roles from his Bachelor of Commerce.
There is a lot of pressure of people (especially millennials) these days in landing a job because the economy isn't booming as it was before.
However, his parents put added pressure on him as he was male (Asians are very traditional in believing that males in the household should earn the most to provide for the family) and his elder sister was doing well in Deloitte (a top 4 Accounting firm).
I remember one of his snapchats where it showed his dad angrily shouting and shaking his fists at the camera/son. I didn't think too much of it back then (my parents are crazy too) but it hurts now to think back of all the pain he must have gone through in thinking he wasn't good enough as well.
There definitely needs to be more education around mental illness for multicultural people!