MJ is a Canadian-born Asian who grew up in Alberta, Canada.
Her ADHD diagnosis in 2019 marked a new chapter where she began learning about her own ADHD and immersed herself in the world of mental health.
Through her research, learning, engagement in open conversation and collaboration with experts in the field, she recognized a lack of representation for the greater Asian community in the realms of mental health and ADHD.
Through her observations, a pattern emerged. Both past and present, in her personal life and within her local community, conversations of mental health-related topics were repeatedly and routinely dismissed. Without a voice, she thought, “How can we bring these voices to light?”
It then became MJ’s passion to break the cycles, speak up, and create awareness about mental health and ADHD within her local and greater Asian community.
A part of her vision became reality when she co-founded the (currently online) support group called Works in Progress. Its first meet was held in a virtual space in late 2020. During the first meet, members shared their desire to continue with this space, and expressed their gratitude for a space that finally allowed an open dialogue without judgement or shame.
Their stories brought light to the cultural norms that kept them under an unspoken oath of silence, which in many communities, continues to prevent their struggles to be heard or understood.
MJ’s mission expanded after joining the 21st season of ADHD reWired’s Coaching and Accountability Groups. During her coaching season as a member, she was offered the chance to join the ADHD reWired Podcast network to start her own show and become the host of her very own podcast. Following the completion of her season as a group member, she then became a peer mentor for the following two seasons of coaching groups with a desire to give back to the community that welcomed her.
With the guidance coaching provided, the encouragement of peer mentors and community members, and the support from her loving partner and fellow ADHD brain, the ADHD Diversified Podcast was born. The first episode launched in February of 2021.
Today, armed with an insatiable curiosity and a mindset of growth, MJ continues her involvement with ADHD reWired’s Coaching and Accountability groups as a peer mentor. She also continues to co-facilitate the (currently virtual) support group, Works in Progress.
She hopes that sharing her stories through her podcast will begin other conversations to help alleviate the misconceptions and stigmas of mental health, especially in under-represented communities.
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“My hope, for anyone who listens to the show, is that someone’s self advocacy – maybe your own – can start here.”