May 17, 2016

Free mental health event featuring Los Angeles Lakers Metta World Peace

Metta World Peace, Los Angeles Lakers, spoke about his journey and struggle with mental health.

BALDWIN PARK, Calif. Kaiser Permanente Baldwin Park, the LA County Department of Mental Health, Congresswoman Grace Napolitano, and Sunburst Youth Academy Foundation are sponsoring a special event to raise awareness about mental health. This free community event will be held on May 21, 10 a.m. to Noon, El Monte Airport, 4233 Santa Anita Ave., El Monte, California 91731.

The event will feature special guests, performances, informational booths and free mental health resources.

  • Congresswoman Grace Napolitano, co-chair of the Congressional Mental Health Caucus, will address the importance of raising awareness around the stigma associated with mental health.
  • Los Angeles Lakers' Metta Word Peace looking serious wearing a white shirt with a panda head and kneeling over a basket ball.
    Los Angeles Lakers' Metta Word Peace
  • Metta World Peace, Los Angeles Lakers, will speak about his journey and struggle with mental health. As founder of Xcel University, he will discuss the work being done to encourage kids to further their education and advocacy for mental health awareness and quality mental health services for everyone.
  • Kaiser Permanente’s Educational Theatre Department will host an interactive activity to highlight skill building techniques from their theatrical production, “It’s Stop Time,” focusing on conflict management for upper elementary students and their families. The audience will learn how to use the “Stop” “Breathe” “Choose” method for managing conflict.
  • A variety of informational booths focusing on mental health services and advocacy including NAMI, Pacific Clinics, LA County Department of Mental Health, Each Mind Matters, five acres, SPIRITT Family Services and Foothill Family Services, all of which will be offering free mental health resources.

“I'm very happy to participate in this mental health awareness event, because events like this one help reduce the stigma surrounding mental health,” says Metta World Peace. “It is vital that we educate our communities and let people know there is nothing wrong with seeking out help when you need it. It is especially important for our youth to understand that it is actually ‘cool’ to take care of yourself, and to direct them to the free resources available within their communities.”

About Kaiser Permanente Southern California

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