NAMI California, in partnership with NAMI Urban Los Angeles (NULA), is presenting an event to mark Bebe Moore Campbell Minority Mental Health Month, on Thursday, July 29, 1-3 pm PT. The “Honoring Bebe Moore Campbell: Supporting Mental Health Needs in Diverse Communities” virtual event will feature representatives from NULA, the NAMI California affiliate co-founded by Campbell. Registration is free.
Our speakers from NAMI Urban Los Angeles (NULA):
Harold has been a contributing member of the National Alliance on Mental Illness since 2007 and is now the Director of Programs for NAMI Urban Los Angeles. He also services on the NAMI California Board of Directors and as a commissioner on the Los Angeles County Mental Health Commission. Prior to NAMI, Harold was an information technology professional with more than thirty-five years of experience working with Fortune 500 organizations. He has provided technical management and direction in support of major infrastructure projects in such diverse industries as financial services, information technologies, and health care.
Norit is a program designer, community organizer, and social justice advocate based in South LA and manages youth and young adult programming at the NAMI Urban LA, where she partners with local schools, nonprofits, and faith centers to promote mental wellbeing within their institutions. After studying Psychology and Legal Foundations of Society at Ohio State University, she spent years supporting and leading community-centered projects in Ethiopia, Ecuador, Puerto Rico and her hometown of Cincinnati to advance education access, gender equity, disaster relief, and the cultural celebration of Africa and the global African diaspora. When not working or volunteering as a research assistant, she can often be found cooking spicy foods or catching up on book club selections.
Maria works as a Latino Outreach Coordinator with NAMI Urban Los Angeles. As an individual living with a mental health diagnosis, Maria says NAMI “has expanded my knowledge on all aspects of mental health support and allowed me to give back to others like me.” Prior to living and working in Los Angeles, Maria lived in the DMV area grew up in Quito, Ecuador. “My inquisitive nature led me to the Boston area for some years to get a Bachelors of Science degree in Biology from MIT. Current passions, outside of NAMI and spreading mental health awareness: Training for the LA Marathon and taking care of two pet turtles.
Aracely is a youth and young adult outreach coordinator/social media coordinator for NULA. Since starting to work for NAMI Urban LA in the summer of 2019, Aracely has been able to grow in knowledge about our community, resources, and mental health.