Take Action For Mental Health LA County Awareness Panel: MAY 11, 2023 at Samohi


The following is a press release from the Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District.

In response to the alarming findings of the CDC Youth Behavioral Risk Survey The award winning ONE ON CAMPUS program of the 501(c) 3 nonprofit ONE Recovery will host the Ask the Experts Panel. From Social Media to Substances. From Anxiety to Ideation

This panel is one in a series of six being facilitated across LA County for Mental Health Awareness Month in May by the ONE Recovery and funded by LA County Department of Mental Health (LACDMH) TAKE ACTION FOR MENTAL HEALTH LA.

The Santa Monica Panel will be led by ONE founder, Lynne Pedersen featuring Dr. Timothy Fong, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Jane and Terry Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA and ONE Board Member and Dr. Don Grant, award-winning media psychologist, published researcher, Doctoral Addictions Counselor, and educator with specific expertise in technology’s impact on mental health with contributions a multitude of

community resources.

As a recent recipient of a grant from the LA County Department of Mental Health (LACDMH), ONE Recovery is proud to partner with the California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA) to present a night of mental awareness for all members of the community. Several local resource partners will join us for the evening to offer valuable take-away information to participants.

May 11, 2023, from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at 

Santa Monica High School’s Barnum Hall 600 Olympic

Blvd., Santa Monica, CA. 90405. 

Admission is free, the experience will be invaluable. 

We welcome parents, teens, school faculty, and community members to join us for the evening.

Come with questions and leave with resources and hope.

Our Expert Panel of clinicians, law enforcement and professions will focus on addressing key areas of concern for the mental health of our youth and the importance of early intervention as a step toward prevention. Specific signs and symptoms of struggle related to depression, anxiety, substance use and abuse, self-harm and suicidal ideation will be addressed.

The CDC ties school connectedness as a key deterrent to the emergence of serious mental health issues in adulthood – which fully supports the model of ONE ON CAMPUS, which has been active on campuses in several Southern California School Districts since 2015.

THE ONE ON CAMPUS program of the award-winning 501(c)3 nonprofit ONE Recovery is taking the lead on campuses across the county offering the first early intervention and restorative practice program of its kind based on the simple, but powerful, premise that there is one recovery from all struggles and that recovery resides in the connection of humans for cause.

Participants will have the opportunity to ask the panel direct questions at the event or to submit questions in advance, you mail email panel questions to: inspire@1Recovery.com.

Visit our website for specific panel members and community resources who will be available. www.1Recovery.com 

Free tickets are available through EVENTBRITE.

Damien Newton
Damien Newton
Damien is the executive director of the Southern California Streets Initiative which publishes Santa Monica Next, Streetsblog Los Angeles, Streetsblog San Francisco, Streetsblog California and Longbeachize.

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