Faith Communities and the Mental Health Challenge

Letty Baldaro, In Our Own Voice & Education Coordinator, NAMI Los Angeles County Council

Thursday, April 16, 2015 from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM (PDT)
Pasadena, CA

Please join NAMI Los Angeles County Council for:
An interfaith event for clergy and lay leaders who seek insight and practical steps for dealing mental health issues.
Conference Agenda
9:30 – 10:00am – Registration
10:00 – 10:45am – Keynote Presentation: How Faith Communities Can be Helpful and Relevant to Persons with Mental Illness – Dr. Marvis Southard
11:20 – 12:00pm – Panel Discussion & Q/A: Moderator: Wayne Baldaro; Panelist: Rita Murray, Kimberly Whyte, Said Saddouk and Mona Sparks Johnson
Buffet Lunch & Sponsor Exhibits
12:45 – 2:00pm – Guest Speakers: 
One Woman’s Journey – Twila Stephens
A Major Opportunity for Communities of Faith: Beign there for People Impacted by Mental Illness – Dr. Gloria Morrow
2:15 – 3:30pm  Afternoon Workshops:
How to Be a Caring Congregation – 5 Step Plan – Dick Bunce
Recognizing the Signs and Symptoms of Mental Illness – Lora Illig
Counseling, Mindfulness and Spiritual Practices – Cory Townsend



What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

  • There is convenient parking in the church parking lot as well as street parking along Sierra Madre Boulevard.
  • There is also bus line #487/489 – El Monte Station via Sierra Madre bus line

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Is my registration/ticket transferrable?

  • Yes – you can give your ticket to someone else. If you can go back on line and make the change that would be helpful or email
  • It is not nessesary to print your printed ticket.

Will there be vegetarian options for lunch?

  • Please notify of any dietary restrictions.

Are there any volunteer opportunities the day of the conference?

  • Yes if you are interested in helping with registration, sponsor table set up and other needed areas – please let Letty know @

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