Event Information

Date: Monday, January 13, 2020
Time: 5:30 – 7:30 pm PST
Location: Bovard Auditorium at the University of Southern California, 3551 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90089

In partnership with the Institute for Addiction Science at USC

Watch the live stream here!

The Mental Health for US Unite for Change Forum: California is bringing our community together to talk about solutions to the most pressing issues facing our nation: mental illness and addiction. Now more than ever, it’s crucial that we unite for change.

This event, featuring a town hall with former U.S. Representative Patrick J. Kennedy and other national and local advocates, will provide the tools, training, and education you need to be an effective voice for these issues throughout the 2020 election. We’re also inviting 2020 presidential candidates to attend and discuss their plans for improving our mental health and addiction care systems.

Speakers include:

  • NBC News senior national correspondent Kate Snow
  • Panel discussion featuring policy insights from USC law professor Elyn Saks and political scientist Norm Ornstein
  • Panel discussion with advocates, community members, and USC students in recovery on how we can all be better advocates for mental health and addiction at the federal, state, and local level
  • Singer/songwriter and mental health advocate Kiana Ledé
  • Local stories of hope and resilience from California residents who have been affected by mental illness or addiction

Our host committee:

  • Angels at Risk
  • American Foundation for Suicide Prevention – Greater Los Angeles and Central Coast
  • California Alliance of Child & Family Services
  • County Behavioral Health Directors Association of California
  • California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals
  • California Council of Community Behavioral Health Agencies
  • Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services
  • Directing Change
  • Institute for Addiction Science at USC
  • Mental Health America of Los Angeles
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), California
  • National Association of Social Workers – USC Chapter
  • Network for Social Work Management
  • Psych Armor
  • Recovery Advocacy Project
  • Steinberg Institute
  • The Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health
  • The Los Angeles County Suicide Prevention Network
  • Saks Institute for Mental Health Law, Policy, and Ethics at the USC Gould School of Law
  • U.S. VETS


Space is limited, but registration is free!
Reserve your seat today!



Mental Health for US invites the media to join our event as well! If you are a reporter that would like to attend, please contact alex@mentalhealthforus.net to obtain a press badge.

If you’re not able to attend in person, but would like to cover the event, let us know how we can help.

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