The Asian Youth Center will hold a press conference Friday in San Gabriel to announce the Community Mental Wellness Conference, a June 21 event at Cal State Los Angeles hosted by AYC and the Cal State L.A. Charter College of Education. The conference aims to break the stigma on mental illness and wellness in the San Gabriel Valley, according to a statement from AYC.
"The goal of the conference is to bring awareness to the growing mental health needs of the San Gabriel Valley and Los Angeles County communities," said Nicholette Espinosa, director of Educational Enrichment Services at AYC. "Our hope is to empower parents and educators and train them in specific mental health topics. We also hope to better address the needs of our community, specifically with the youth that we serve."
The Community Mental Wellness Conference will feature Mike Eng, Los Angeles Community College District trustee and former California assemblyman, as keynote speaker. The conference will also include breakout sessions on suicide prevention, non-suicidal self-injury, bullying, cyberbullying, depression, and working with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, and questioning students.
The full-day event is free and open to the public. Interested participants can download a registration form at www.asianyouthcenter.org/events.
The Asian Youth Center is a non-profit organization seeking to meet the needs of low-income, at-risk, and immigrant youth and families, with a special focus on Asian immigrants.