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May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Meet Diana Chao: Changing the World for Mental Health

Updated: May 23, 2023

May is Mental Health Awarness Month - Meet Diana Chao who is changing the world for Mental Health. With the simple but heartfelt idea of writing letters, Diana Chao created a non-profit that aimed to destigmatize mental health for youth worldwide. Letters to Strangers, also L2S, was founded by Chao in 2013 when she was a sophomore in high school struggling with her own mental health. This organization opened a channel for the global youth to connect with each other through anonymous letters, hearing about each other's experiences.

At the age of 13-years-old, she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and almost took her own life. She wrote letters as a way to express her inner battles but they weren’t written for anyone in particular to read. Chao immigrated to the United States from Guizhou, China at the age of nine and moved into a predominantly white community in Southern California.


Diana Chao who is changing the world for Mental Health this May.

Diana Chao Speaking for the National Alliance on Mental Illness


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