On the evening of Thursday, April 23, 2015, Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services will honor these courageous men and women who have helped erase the stigma of mental illness:
Ryan Anderson is an NBA standout and New Orleans Pelicans forward, who became a suicide prevention advocate following the devastating loss of his girlfriend, actress/model Gia Allemand. Ryan will be honored with a Leadership Award.
Didi Hirsch Glendale unveiled its Michael D. Antonovich building during a community celebration on Jan. 21 that drew more than 100 guests including politicians, civic leaders, and mental health providers. The celebration, which included jazz music, Porto’s pastries, tours, speeches and cake bearing the likeness of the facility, honored Michael D. Antonovich, mayor of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, who championed the $1.7 million project.
For many people, the holidays are associated with joy, family get togethers and celebrations. "However, for some of our clients in our child and family programs, depression can surface during the holidays, especially in our younger kids and adolescents," says Lyn Morris, Didi Hirsch's vice president of clinical operations.
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Judd Apatow, the movie producer, director and screenwriter best known for “The Forty-Year-Old Virgin,” “Knocked Up” and “This is Forty,” and 17-year-old pop sensation Jacob Whitesides, are each hosting events this month to benefit Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services.
Gabriele Gonzalez was living a hard life last winter. She was homeless and addicted to methamphetamine, sleeping in parks and abandoned buildings, unsure where she’d find her next meal. Today, she's headed in a dramatically new direction.
Fast trains, holiday depression and thoughts of suicide can be a deadly combination. But suicide by train has decreased significantly throughout the Metrolink system since Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services and local commuter rail officials posted signs with the Crisis Line number (877-727-4747) and the message: "Reach out. There is help."