NAMI Urban Los Angeles will hold its monthly Expert Speakers Night tomorrow, July 3, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., focusing on mental health issues affecting the community. Thursday night’s expert speaker is Dr. Karen S. Gunn, leader of Gunn Consulting Group and Professor at Santa Monica College on:
Creating Change through Community Voices: The “Value” of Community Research and Family Input
Dr. Karen S. Gunn is a tenured professor at Santa Monica College and leads Gunn Consulting Group. She has worked for over three decades in the community mental health field. As a consultant with the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, she has conducted numerous community research projects, training programs, needs assessments and strategic planning efforts. Her expertise includes cultural competency, intercultural communicaton, social justice and leadership development.
NAMI Urban Los Angeles is the urban affiliate of NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness. It is a non-profit, grassroots, self-help, volunteer organization. It provides education support and advocacy for families and their loved ones dealing with mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia, bi-polar disorder, major depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety disorders among others. NAMI Urban Los Angeles was founded in 2003. It provides education about severe brain disorders, supports increased funding for research and advocates for adequate health insurance, housing rehabilitation and jobs for people with serious psychiatric illnesses in communities of color. It also seeks to educate the public about the myths of mental illness to eradicate stigma. NAMI Urban Los Angeles seeks to be a beacon of hope in the community it serves.
For more information about the meeting or about NAMI Urban Los Angeles, please visit its site at: http://www.namiurbanla.org/