About Breaking Taboo
Our mission is to kill silence and save lives by breaking the taboo surrounding mental health and suicide prevention.
We Educate, Create, Provide, Inspire, Transform.
We believe that in order to solve a problem, we must focus on the root cause: the taboo surrounding mental health and suicide prevention.
To this day, mental health remains a taboo subject that people are afraid or ashamed to even discuss. In order to save lives, we must kill the silence, and in order to kill the silence we must break the taboo.
.Our message is that mental health is just as important as physical health, and should be treated that way. We are creating a world where help is accessible for everyone who wants it without taboo. A world where we can talk about our emotions and mentality. We encourage real discussions, conversations, and education around mental health. We are national & international. We work with our communities and schools while pulling research and providing education & awareness through a variety of platforms in order to solve the challenge of bringing important, life saving knowledge to the public.
By promoting awareness, education, and resources on mental health and suicide prevention we save lives!
We create accessible education for the public on life saving issues in digestible formats, while providing resources and tools to get help, inspiring active conversations, and transforming the way mental health is viewed. We actively encourage conversations instead of stigmatizing them. We educate, create, and provide practical tools everyone can use including survival, step by step application, help, information, and resources. Tools that can save lives in times of crisis. Tools that people can take away with them to gain better mental health every day. Tools that can inspire everyone to live a life without shame and frustration.
Mental health and suicide crosses all boundaries. We serve anyone who has been and could be affected. This includes children, adolescents, adults, seniors, veterans, teachers, psychologists, parents, siblings, neighbors, friends, individuals. Everyone has mental health because mental health is health.
Founder & Director
Serena Sun is the Founder and Director of Breaking Taboo. An advocate for mental health, a believer in the power of empathy, and a champion for the human potential, Serena practices what she refers to as “humanizing humans”.
After losing several friends to suicide, and understanding what it is to go through depression as an adolescent, Serena committed herself to educating people about mental health and suicide prevention. First by conducting seminars on middle school, high school and college campuses and then by creating a non-profit organization.
Through Breaking Taboo, she combines her degree & background in psychology, personal development, entrepreneurship, her experience in film, and her many years of philanthropic work to create unique and powerful change.
As a mental health professional, Serena is trained in Suicide Assessment and has worked with children and adolescents in areas of life skills development, creative therapy, and anti-prejudice training. She is also a multi-certified life coach and mental health & wellness coach. She is trained in numerous personal development techniques and holds internationally accredited certifications in CBT- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and NLP- Neuro Linguistic Programming.
Serena is both active in the mental health field and an advocate for the creative arts as therapeutic expressions of the self. She believes in honoring “that which makes us feel alive”. She enjoys exploring the human psyche and emotions through creative avenues. She has a background in music- specifically concert piano and voice- and is a recipient of the 25th annual Los Angeles Music Awards. She gives back her artistic gifts by teaching music part time to her students aged three to seventy-three. Serena is a former model with a background in theatre performance, acting and film, and has worked on various film sets both in front of and behind the camera. She enjoys writing and literature. She is currently finishing her first novel and book of poetry.
Being an Asian American and a woman, Serena is also a driver of anti-racism movements and female empowerment.
As a humanitarian, Serena has participated in a lifetime of volunteer work since the age of thirteen, for animal shelters, hospitals, nursing homes, and homeless food drives.
As far as mental health and suicide prevention, Serena advocates, “In order to truly change such issues, we must first break the taboo surrounding it.”
For media, booking public speaking seminars, interviews, podcasts, or coaching inquires, contact Serena.