Usap Tayo! is a yearly social media campaign organized by the Filipino Mental Health Initiative of San Francisco. Launched in May 2017 in celebration of Mental Health Awareness Month and Asian & Pacific Islander Heritage Month, Usap Tayo (Tagalog for "Let's Talk") is a collection of video narratives from our beloved community members courageously sharing their mental health journeys.
Examples of topics shared are the impacts of cultural values, familial responsibilities, identity formation, immigration, generational trauma, and language barriers on mental health. Through this project, FMHI-SF aims to normalize conversations around mental health in the Filipinx and Filipinx American community in San Francisco and the greater diaspora.
Usap Tayo! is an invitation to continue the dialogue with your elders, loved ones, friends, colleagues, community leaders, and children. We hope you may find healing and a sense of empowerment in these beautiful kwentos (stories). Follow our Youtube channel for up to date access of Usap Tayo video narratives. You may also access our video archive below.
"Together, we can end the stigma on mental health."
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Community leader and educator, Nicolette Magsambol Morales from FMHI-Solano county shares her reflections on the importance of breaking the silence of mental health in the Filipino community. (Usap Tayo! Mental Health Awareness Campaign, 2018. Video produced by Sine68).
MABUHAY MGA KAPWA! Happy Mental Health Awareness Month and Asian & Pacific Islander Heritage Month. We are excited to launch our 3rd year of the Usap Tayo! campaign and look forward to sharing the narratives of this year's participants. Every week, FMHI-SF will post a new Usap Tayo! video and behind the scenes photographs, so make sure to follow FMHI-SF on Instagram, Facebook and YouTube!
Kumain at Mag Usap Tayo!
Food continues to be an important cultural trait of Filipino culture. Eating as a community not only nourishes the body, but also the mind and spirit. This year, FMHI-SF has added a second segment to the campaign called, Kumain at Mag Usap Tayo! Participants were invited to a Filipino kamayan style brunch to process their on-camera experience, which was facilitated by former Usap Tayo! participant, Jeannie Celestial. The aim was to provide a space for participants to reflect on their experiences from the initial filming as a group, discuss current actions and practices taking place to address mental wellness in their respective communities and showcase Usap Tayo! in action.
Thank you to our production team Sine 68 for documenting Usap Tayo! 2019 and our kasamas at WOTS-Word on the Street Catering for the beautiful kamayan spread. We are especially grateful to this year's Usap Tayo participants, Sunshine, Maverick and Bettina for sharing your inspirational stories. A special shout out to Jeannie Celestial of FMHI-Solano County for facilitating our group reflection.
Check out Usap Tayo! 2019's social media campaign here.