Friday, April 30, 2010

May Is Mental Health Month

black and white outlineNew_County_SealCOUNTY OF LOS ANGELES

Department of Mental Health

550 S. Vermont Avenue

Los Angeles, California 90020

Marvin J. Southard, D.S.W.,




William T Fujioka

Chief Executive Officer


For Immediate Release

CONTACT: Kathleen Piché, LCSW

(213) 738-4041









Los Angeles (Friday, April 30, 2010)— 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.” 


More information about the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health and its programs, including “May Is Mental Health Month,” may be found at


May 6             LACDMH “May Is Mental Health Awareness Month” Fair

9:30 a.m. to     Information Booths at the Hall of Administration

1:00 p.m.         Downtown Los Angeles, Civic Mall

                        For more information: Vicki Pierce, (213) 381-8135


May 13                       Community Partnering for Mental Health Wellness & Recovery

12 noon to       Arcadia County Park, Arcadia, CA

4 p.m.              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

8 a.m. to          Future: 50 Years of Community Service with LACDMH.”

12 noon           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


1 p.m. to          Mental Health Commission Awards Presentations Luncheon

5 p.m.              The California Endowment Center for Healthy Communities

                        For more information:  Terry Lewis-Nwachie (213) 738-4772


May 20                           “A Celebration of 50 Years”

8:30 a.m. to     Antelope Valley Mental Health Center

11:45 a.m.       Booths, brochures, free gift basket drawing. 


12 noon to       Luncheon plus LACDMH’s 50 Year History

3 p.m.              For more information:  Brenda Coon, MSW (661) 723-4260


May 21                       Partnership for Mental Health: Conference on Academic-Public

8:15 a.m. to     Collaborations for Research on Mental Health Recovery & Wellness

                        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        Recreation Park Band Shell, Long Beach

2 p.m.              For more information:  Patti LaPlace (562) 216-1966


May 22                       Breaking Emotional Barriers Through Theater, Dance & Music

9:30 a.m. to     Bethel Reform Church, Bellflower

                        (Partially sponsored by the Latino Behavioral Health Institute &

                        organized by LACDMH)

                        For more information:    Teresa Celada (714) 234-8510

                                                            Maria Morales (323) 777-6844


May 26                       Wellness Fair

9 a.m. to          LACDMH Parking Lot, 550 Vermont, LA

3 p.m.              For more information:  Farhad Akbari (213) 738-4294


May 27                       Celebrating Hope, Wellness & Recovery

12 noon           Hosted by Antelope Valley Wellness & Enrichment Center

                        Lancaster City Park, Lancaster (Free)

                        For more information or RSVP: Daryl Riley or Brett Hooper

                                                                        (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. 


For more information about the Department, please contact Kathleen Piche, Public Information Officer at (212) 738-4041.




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