Pasadena Mental Health Day Will Be Held May 19, Themed "Roads to Empowerment"

“Roads to Empowerment”

Published : Saturday, May 12, 2018 | 4:37 AM

The public is invited to learn about the challenges, societal stigmas, treatment options and other issues related to mental health and mental wellness at Pasadena’s Mental Health Day.

The free event takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, May 19, 2018, at the Pasadena Public Library, 285 E. Walnut St.

Pasadena Mental Health Day 2018: “Roads to Empowerment” is a free, educational event that seeks to increase the public’s awareness about all aspects of mental illness and the impacts that mental illness has on the community. The event will provide presentations and workshops to provide youth and adult attendees with healthy coping skills and information about community-based mental health resources.

Keynote speaker Nkem Ndefo, MSN, CNM, RN, the founder of Lumos Transforms, is known for her unique ability to connect with people of all types by holding powerful healing spaces, weaving complex concepts into accessible narratives, and creating synergistic and collaborative learning communities that nourish people’s innate capacity for healing, wellness, and connection.

Authors Brandy Colbert (Little & Lion), Kerry Kletter (The First Time She Drowned), Lauren Miller (All Things New), and Marisa Reichardt (Underwater), with moderator Jenny Driscoll of Peace From Panic, will discuss how reading fiction can positively impact our mental and emotional health, and can help people–especially youth–cope with mental health challenges.

Interactive workshops will offer information and coping skills on how to bring about healing and wellness these include; Practical Exercises to Release Chronic Stress and Improve Sleep, Youth Empowerment Corner, A Window Between Two Worlds Art Workshop, Mindfulness Practice: Facing Life’s Challenges with Awareness and Compassion, NAMI in Our Own Voice and Let’s Talk About Mental Health Baby!

Pasadena Mental Health Day is sponsored by the City of Pasadena’s Public Health and Public Library departments and the community-based Pasadena Mental Health Advisory Committee (PMHAC).

For more information about Pasadena Mental Health Day 2018 email or go online to

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