8th Annual Pasadena Mental Health Day: Roads to Empowerment

We are excited to announce this year’s event, “Roads to Empowerment”. This is a free event, open to the public. In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, this event is dedicated to raising awareness about mental illness, decreasing the stigma, and increase knowledge and access to quality mental health services and resources in the community.

Pasadena Mental Health Day 2018, “Roads to Empowerment”, focuses on:
1. Increasing awareness of mental illness and challenges
2. The significance and benefits of mental and emotional health
3. Practical resources and tools to empower individuals in coping with and overcoming challenges

Featuring a keynote speaker, panel discussions, and distinct workshops for youth and adults, attendees of Pasadena Mental Health Day 2018 will:

– Gain knowledge on the current mental health issues and challenges faced today
– Find empowerment in awareness and the importance of addressing mental illness and healthy living
– Discover different paths of healing or coping, and the benefit it has on young children and families
– Offer interactive and insightful workshops for youth and adults – including parents, new adults, and seniors – will offer healthy coping skills and a glimpse into the many ways one can create a better and healthier future for their families and children.


10:00am: Opening remarks (Auditorium)

10:30am: Keynote speaker (Auditorium)

Nkem Ndefo, MSN, CNM, RN, is the founder of Lumos Transforms and creator of The Resilience Toolkit. She is a skilled practitioner, dynamic speaker, and valued strategist. She is known for her unique ability to connect with people of all types by holding powerful healing spaces, weaving complex concepts into accessible narratives, and creating synergistic and collaborative learning communities that nourish people’s innate capacity for healing, wellness, and connection.

11:00am: Resource Fair & Refreshments

11:30am: Panel discussion (Auditorium)
Power of Fiction: YA Author Panel: Join authors Brandy Colbert (Little & Lion), Kerry Kletter (The First Time She Drowned), Lauren Miller (All Things New), and Marisa Reichardt (Underwater), with moderator Jenny Marie of Peace From Panic, as they discuss how reading fiction can positively impact our mental and emotional health, and can help people cope with mental health challenges.

12:30pm: Resource Fair & Refreshments

1:00pm: Workshops

– Practical Exercises to Release Chronic Stress & Improve Sleep facilitated by Pierre-Etienne Vannier (Innovation Lab)

When we’re stressed out, our bodies tend to tense up and we may find ourselves stuck, unable to relax, heal, think clearly, and overall perform at our best. This experiential session is designed for people who want to learn how to use their body to naturally reduce stress and feel better. During this introductory group session, you will be guided through gentle movements to learn how to activate therapeutic tremors to release chronic stress and tension, which helps to find a sense of balance and improve sleep, among other benefits. This technique is effortless, self-managed, easy to learn, and works for all body types and fitness levels.

– Mindfulness Practice: Facing Life’s Challenges with Awareness and Compassion facilitated by Ann D’Angelo M.A. Mindfulness Educator (Story Room)

Do you often find yourself ruminating about the past or feeling anxiety about the future? In this experiential workshop you will have an opportunity to learn breath awareness, self-compassion and tools to start bringing mindfulness to challenging moments in your life. Mindfulness helps us to respond to everyday challenges rather than habitually reacting to stressors, creating new neural pathways in our brains. Live life with a greater sense of ease and balance.

NAMI “In Our Own Voice” facilitated by NAMI San Gabriel Valley (Auditorium)

NAMI In Our Own Voice is a recovery educational presentation that hopes to change the preconceived notions and stereotypes of individuals living with mental illness. Presenters will describe their personal experiences living through dark days, accepting their mental illness, sharing the type(s) of treatment & coping strategies that have worked for them & sharing their successes, hopes & dreams.


Pasadena Public Library

285 East Walnut Street, Pasadena, CA 91101, USA

Phone: (626) 744-4246



Salina Corral

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