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Event Will Celebrate Resiliency, Raise Funds to Provide Affordable Mental Health Care

Published on May 19, 2021

Southern California Counseling Center (SCCC) is holding its annual Spring Bash Gala Event on Saturday, May 22, 7 to 8 p.m., in celebration of Mental Health Awareness Month.

The virtual gala, with the theme “Celebrating Resiliency,” promises to be a “remarkable night of fun, amazing auction items, chance boxes, special guests, inspired stories and entertainment,” SCCC said in a statement.

With this event, SCCC said it believes that mental health care is a right, not a privilege.

“With the onset of Covid-19, research indicates two in five people of all ages have a mental health condition,” the statement said. “SCCC wants to make sure that individuals, couples and families in need of affordable mental health services contact the Center during these difficult and challenging times.”

SCCC, located at 5615 W. Pico Blvd. in Los Angeles, provides mental health counseling services especially to marginalized, under-served communities and people in need who have difficulty accessing and affording quality mental health services.

Recognizing that the demand for their services has not waned during the COVID-19 pandemic, SCCC pivoted into the digital world and began to remotely connect with clients through online operations and telehealth platforms. Using the SCCC website, individuals need only fill out an intake request form to start connecting with a counselor.

“We change lives and strengthen communities by providing affordable mental health care to people in need,” Michael Koch, Executive Director of SCCC, said. “That is our mission statement. Anyone who needs counseling should have it. This past year we have experienced significant demand for our services, and although we see a brighter future, we still have a lot of work to do.”

Koch said the Center has been doing this kind of service for 50 years and has no plans on stopping.

With the Gala event on Saturday, SCCC wants to reconnect with individuals and philanthropic organizations who have been supporting their programs over the years.

“There is no better time than during Mental Health Awareness Month to help support those in need,” the SCCC statement continued. “Each year, SCCC serves, without restriction, on an annual basis 5,000 individuals with over 40,000 hours of counseling services – many of whom might have been ignored without the support.”

To register for the event, visit and browse through the many ways you can provide support, including donating to support SCCC.

To learn more about SCCC, visit

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