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Try Harder Film Screening and Discussion

May 10, 2023 @ 5:30 pm - 8:10 pm PDT

Hybrid Film Screening and Discussion: Engaging Asian American Youth and Their Families in Quality Mental Health Services

Part I: Documentary Movie Screening “Try Harder!”

The kids are stressed out at Lowell High School, San Francisco’s academic pressure cooker. With a majority Asian American student body, high-achieving seniors share their dreams and anxieties about getting into a top university. But is college worth the grind?

Part II: Panel Discussion: Engaging Asian American Youth and Their Families in Quality Mental Health Services

Research indicates that Asian American youth have similar community rates of mental health problems in comparison to non-Hispanic White youth in the United States. However, Asian Americans are among the least to utilize mental health services, and Asian American youth have a higher level of unmet mental health needs than White youth. For example, Yeh and colleagues (2003) found that 72% of Asian/Pacific Islander at-risk youth had unmet mental health needs compared to 31% of their Non-Hispanic White counterparts. Please join us in examining the reasons for the lack of engagement in mental health services of Asian American youth and their families and explore strategies to enhance their treatment engagement.


  • Debbie Lum, Director/ Producer of Try Harder!
  • Dr. Rona Hu, Stanford CARE Director of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
  • Kian Mojabi, A Lowell high school graduate featured in Try Harder!
  • Cathy Zhao, Chief Laughing Officer, Laugh It Out Hub


  • Lisa Kim, Senior Manager, Media Relations, Stanford Health Care, School of Medicine


May 10th,

5:30 PM to 7 PM PST, Movie Screening

7:10 PM-8:10 PM PST, Panel Discussion


In-person Attendees:

Join us on the Stanford campus at Hoover Pavilion, 211 Quarry Road, Suite 201, Palo Alto, CA 94303, for the movie screening from 5:30 PM to 7 PM and the panel discussion from 7:10 PM to 8 PM. Free parking is available.

In-person registration link

Virtual Attendees:

You may view the film between May 8th-10th using the private link sent by email and join us virtually on May 10th at 7:10 PM PST for the live-streaming panel discussion and to ask questions.

Virtual registration link

This event is sponsored by Stanford Center for Asian Health Research and Education in partnership with Stanford Heath Library, the American Medical Women’s Association, and Asian Health Services. We extend our thanks to our community partners Laugh it Out Hub, Stanford Asian Pacific American Alumni Club, and Asian Leaders Alliance.


May 10, 2023
5:30 pm - 8:10 pm PDT

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