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L.A. County observes 'Mental Health Awareness Month'

Posted: May 4, 2010 3:25 p.m.
Updated: May 5, 2010 3:15 p.m.
Los Angeles -- The Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (LACDMH) commemorates 50 years of community service with a full schedule of activities for "May Is Mental Health Awareness Month."

LACDMH Director Marvin Southard, D.S.W. stated, "Our department works in partnership with clients, families and other agencies to nurture hope, promote wellness, and support recovery of those diagnosed with mental illness. Throughout May, we hope to reach out to Los Angeles communities to spread the word that persons diagnosed with mental illnesses can live independent and productive lives."

May 6: LACDMH "May Is Mental Health Month" Fair, 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Information Booths at the Hall of Administration
Downtown Los Angeles, Civic Mall
For more information: Vicki Pierce, (213) 381-8135

May 13: Community Partnering for Mental Health Wellness & Recovery, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Arcadia County Park, Arcadia, CA
For more information: Lonna A. Bennett, LCSW (626) 471-6534

May 15: Northeast Peace March & Resource Fair, 10 a.m.
Northeast Wellness Center and Northeast Mental Health Center
For more information: Laura Span, MA, LMFT (323) 478-8200

May 20: "Remembering the Past, Celebrating the Present, Transforming the Future: 50 Years of Community Service with LACDMH," 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
The California Endowment Center for Healthy Communities. Featuring District 2 Supervisor Michael Antonovich, U.S. Vets Steve Peck, wife of Army Major General Carol Graham, Joel Braslow, M.D., UCLA, and actress Mariette Hartley.
For more information: Kathleen Piche, PIO (213) 738-4041

Mental Health Commission Awards Presentations Luncheon, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
The California Endowment Center for Healthy Communities
For more information: Terry Lewis-Nwachie (213) 738-4772

"A Celebration of 50 Years," 8:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
Antelope Valley Mental Health Center
Booths, brochures, free gift basket drawing.

Luncheon plus LACDMH's 50 Year History, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
For more information: Brenda Coon, MSW (661) 723-4260

May 21: Partnership for Mental Health: Conference on Academic-Public Collaborations for Research on Mental Health Recovery & Wellness, 8:15 a.m. to 6 p.m.
UCLA Covel Commons Conference Area (Invitees & Press Only)
For more information: Kumar Menon (213) 639-6758

May 22: Healthy Mind/Healthy Body Wellness Event, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Recreation Park Band Shell, Long Beach
For more information: Patti LaPlace (562) 216-1966

Breaking Emotional Barriers Through Theater, Dance & Music, 9:30 a.m.
Bethel Reform Church, Bellflower
(Partially sponsored by the Latino Behavioral Health Institute & organized by LACDMH)
For more information: Teresa Celada (714) 234-8510 or Maria Morales (323) 777-6844

May 26: Wellness Fair, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
LACDMH Parking Lot, 550 Vermont, LA
For more information: Farhad Akbari (213) 738-4294

May 27: Celebrating Hope, Wellness & Recovery, 12 p.m.
Hosted by Antelope Valley Wellness & Enrichment Center
Lancaster City Park, Lancaster (Free)
For more information or RSVP: Daryl Riley or Brett Hooper at (661) 974-8400

The Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health is the largest county operated mental health department in the United States, directly operating 75 program sites and more than 100 co-located sites.

It contracts with approximately 1,000 agencies and individual practitioners to provide a spectrum of mental health services to more than 250,000 residents of all ages each year.

The Department's mission -- enriching lives through partnership to strengthen our community's capacity to support recovery and resiliency - is accomplished by working with stakeholders and community partners to provide clinically competent, culturally sensitive and linguistically appropriate mental health services to clients in the least restrictive manner possible.


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