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Pasadena Mental Health Day: “Breaking the Cycle, Healing Our Community”

May 6 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm


Pasadena Mental Health Day 2017
“Breaking the Cycle, Healing our Community”

May 6th 2017, 9:00am – 12:30pm
Pasadena Public Library, Central Library

*Event MC – Te Jay McGrath

9:00am – 9:30am

Welcome & Opening Remarks: Salina Corral, PsyD – Chair, PMHAC
Community mental health, misconceptions and stigmas, & our road to restoration
Director Michael Johnson – Pasadena Public Health Department
Introduction of Keynote Speakers

9:30am – 10:10am Keynote Speakers
Officer Scott-Jackson and Guillermo Vasquez – Pasadena Police HOPE Team
Mental Illness in the Community – Crisis and Homelessness
Location: Auditorium

10:10am – 10:25am BREAK – Table Event & Refreshments & RAFFLE DRAWING!

10:25am – 11:25am Breakout presentations/panel discussions (attendees will rotate b/w session A and B)

A. “Community Trauma, Risks, and Resiliency” with Erica Tumbaga, LCSW,
Detective Victor Cass, Salina Corral, PsyD
Angelica Palmeros, MSW
Moderated by Wendy Blanco, LCSW
Location: Auditorium
Panel Discussion on historical and current community trauma and violence, risks to mental health and psychological well-being, and the importance of empowerment and resilience. Examples of community-level trauma and ways to reduce risk, heal, and overcome stigma and community grief will be addressed from mental health, community psychology theory and research, public health, and community-policing perspectives.

B. Practical Exercises to Reduce Stress & Overcome Challenges with Pierre-Etienne Vannier, MSc., CHt.
Location: Studio
This experiential session is designed for people whose stress is affecting their quality of life. We all have natural resources that allow us to get back on our feet and balance our nervous system after a traumatic or stressful event. Come learn 3 simple, effective and self-managed exercises to reduce stress & build resilience to help you overcome challenges. These exercises can help you feel safe again and stay focused in everyday life or in time of need. All attendees will be given a free stress-reduction MP3.

11:25am – 11:40am BREAK – Table Event & Refreshments & RAFFLE DRAWING!

11:40am – 1230pm Workshops with Q&A

– Trauma Release Exercise (TRE) Group Session facilitated by Ms. Soleah Nicolis and Pierre-Etienne Vannier 
– Safety Tips for Bystander Intervention facilitated by Officer Victor Cass
– Talking Circle with PPD and Mr. Tarek Shawky, criminal defense attorney in Pasadena
– Bullying, Social Media, Internet Safety, & Advocacy (for Youth) facilitated by Deborah Takahashi, Geoff Milam, and the Youth Advisory Board
– NAMI “In Our Own Voice” facilitated by Emily Truong
– Disability Rights California

12:30pm RAFFLE DRAWING & Adjourn

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May 6
9:00 am - 12:30 pm


Pasadena Public Library
285 East Walnut Street
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
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