Mental Health Speaker Series


Shining a LIGHT on Mental DARKNESS

Presented by Sara Lowery

In this collaborative workshop, participants will explore the ways systems of power and privilege work to oppress marginalized groups in society. We will examine how the cycle of power relates to our understanding of the systems of oppression and use this knowledge to develop skills towards dismantling structural bias, discrimination, and injustice.

Day Time Location
Feb. 25 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm LAC, T-1200

Didi Hirsch: Suicide Prevention

Presented by Sandra Rodriguez

Join us for an afternoon of empowerment and awareness. As suicide continues to affect our communities, reducing the shame and stigma surrounding mental health has become a necessity. Through conversation and engagement, this training will provide a better understanding of potential suicide risk factors, as well as resources and examples of how we can make a difference and support those around us who may be struggling. 

Day Time Location
Apr. 30 10:00 am – 12:00 pm LAC, T-1200

How Storytelling is College Suicide Prevention 2.0

Presented by Josh Rivedal

  • How to help themselves or a friend if in crisis or thinking about suicide,
  • The signs and symptoms of suicide
  • How and where to get professional help if in suicidal crisis
  • Campus, local, and national resources of help in a crisis
  • The art and science of storytelling
  • The importance of telling one’s story
  • How storytelling reduces stigma around asking for and receiving help
Date Time Location
May 6 11:30 am – 1:30 pm PCC, GG-238

Please note for Accommodations: At least 72 hours prior to the event, (562) 938-4558 (voice), (562) 353-4217 (videophone), & // Sign Language Interpreting, please contact Stephanie Bonales at or (562) 938-4918.
Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) services, 5 business days prior to the event, please contact Human Resources Staff at *requests are based on provider availability*