Healthy Mind, Healthy Body: Mental Health Wellness Event on Saturday, May 9

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mental-health-long-beachMay is Mental Health Awareness Month. The Long Beach Health Department, working with community organizations that promote mental health services, will be holding a free Mental Health Wellness Event on Saturday, May 9, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at Bixby Park, located on the corner of Cherry Avenue and Ocean Boulevard, in Long Beach. The public is invited.

The “Healthy Mind, Healthy Body” event will provide information and resources on maintaining mental health wellness and will feature health information booths, education, entertainment, resources, outreach, engagement and opportunities for the public. Mental Health advocacy, support and anti-stigma information will be available. Long Beach First Lady Nancy Foster, 54th District Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal, and Health and Human Services Department Director Ronald Arias will address attendees.

“It’s wonderful what Long Beach is doing,” said Assemblymember Lowenthal, a licensed marriage and family therapist. “It’s not just about resources, it’s about finding ways to discuss mental health issues, and getting the dialogue going.”

City Councilmember Suja Lowenthal, whose 2nd Council District includes Bixby Park, will present a Mental Health Awareness Proclamation on behalf of the City of Long Beach.

In addition to the Long Beach Health Department, community partners co-hosting this event include Assemblymember Lowenthal; the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health; the Veterans Administration and Medical Center of Long Beach; The Children’s Clinic; the national Alliance for Mental Illness – Long Beach Chapter; St. Mary’s Medical Center Care Program; The Center in Long Beach; Mental Health America – Village Integrated Service Agency; Community Hospital of Long Beach; the Center for Families and Youth; Choices Recovery Services; and other mental health advocates in the community.

“This is our opportunity to be pro-active in addressing and embracing mental health needs in Long Beach. Particularly with the current economic climate and the predicted influx of returning veterans from military deployment, the need for mental health resources will continue to grow,” said Patti LaPlace, Mental Health Coordinator for the City of Long Beach.

For more information, e-mail at patti.laplace@longbeach.gov or call (562) 570-4119.

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