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Introducing our Next Gen Advisory Council

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Didi Hirsch is proud to introduce the launch of our Next Gen Advisory Council. 

The Council is comprised of 8 young professionals who are outspoken leaders in the mental health community and have a vested interest in advancing Didi Hirsch’s mission. These leaders will serve as ambassadors for our organization through networking, fundraising, and advocacy opportunities. They bring their lived experience and diverse backgrounds to inform and support the work we are doing across the entire organization. Council members will participate in Didi Hirsch events and networking opportunities with board members and senior leadership. 

“We are very excited to engage this group of young leaders in our work,” said Lyn Morris, LMFT, CEO of Didi Hirsch. “Their expertise and lived experiences will enrich our programming and initiatives. Several of them have already been involved with Didi Hirsch as volunteers and advocates and we look forward to working together with the entire Council to better serve our clients and the community.”   

In 2023, Didi Hirsch adopted a new 3-year strategic plan. One of the key goals of the plan is to expand mental health prevention and intervention services to respond to the growing youth mental health crisis. Mental health resources have not kept pace with the rising levels of distress, depression, and traumatic experiences affecting children, youth and families. 

“The creation of this council is a meaningful step toward actively including youth voices in conversations and initiatives around the youth mental health crisis and furthering the organization’s mission to provide compassionate, whole-person mental health services where discrimination and stigma have limited access.” – Actress Sarah Gilman, Chair of the Next Gen Council

Didi Hirsch can play a meaningful role in addressing this crisis through expanded school-based partnerships, growing the reach and expanding the diversity of Teen Line, and the launch of Our Third Place, our new Transition Age Youth Center at our Glendale site. The Next Gen Advisory Council will be a key part in meeting these goals by connecting us to new partners, getting the word out through new communication channels and helping advocate for our work in new arenas. 

Please join us in welcoming Didi Hirsch’s Next Gen Advisory Council! 

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Sarah Gilman, Chair

Sarah Gilman is an actress, USC School of Cinematic Arts alumnus, and mental health activist based in Los Angeles. Sarah is currently working as a lead on the CBS series CSI: Vegas and is known for her lead roles in the Disney Channel sitcom I Didn’t Do It and the feature film Daphne & Velma, and for her recurring role of Cammy on FOX’s Last Man Standing. Sarah graduated with honors from the University of Southern California with a degree in Film & Television Production in 2019 and went on to spend two years working in Communications and PR at the Berggruen Institute, an independent LA-based public policy think tank. While there, she also co-created the Institute’s Civic Commission and formal internship program. She now spends her time working to spread awareness around suicide prevention and mental health in the youth population by speaking about her own experiences and partnering with various organizations like the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention, Fountain House, the Center for Scholars and Storytellers at UCLA, Self-Care is For Everyone, and Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services. She is a Mental Health Coalition Champion and a founding member and Chair of Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services’ new Next Gen Advisory Council.

Juan Acosta


Juan Acosta is a first-generation Mexican immigrant who grew up in Woodland, California. He is a Mental Health advocate, LGBTQ Activist, Content Creator, and much sought-after public speaker. At 21, Juan drafted a historic LGBTQ proclamation for his hometown of Woodland. His work is focused on underserved communities specifically on the LGBTQ, Immigrant and Latinx communities. He has served on various national mental health committees, and his speaking engagements have included: United Nations Side Events and the first-ever Youth Mental Health Action Forum White House Event where he spoke alongside Dr. Jill Biden, Selena Gomez, and U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy. Juan also co-authored the New York Times bestselling book, Channel Kindness: Stories of Kindness and Community with musical artist and actress Lady Gaga and other Born This Way Foundation reporters. His work has been featured by DOSOMETHING, MTV, Yahoo, LGBTQ Nation, Out Magazine and more. In 2023 Acosta was recognized on STAT News 2023 STATUS list for his influential work in life sciences and on The Advocate Magazine 2023, 30 Under 30 List. 

X. ARI

 

X. ARI is a Canadian queer alt pop artist, songwriter, sound-healer, mental health advocate & founder of WisdoMania Foundation (501c3 nonprofit). Her motto is to turn “Pain Into Power,” which means transmuting burdens into blessings and transforming our weaknesses into our strengths. X. ARI’s goal is to make an impact in our community by spreading her message, light, and healing & by teaming up with others to make a meaningful difference. 

Katrina Baker


Katrina Baker, M.Ed. is a corporate learning and development leader at Adobe. Outside of Adobe, Katrina delivers programs for educators that relate to learning strategy and technology, and she is the author of five related books. Prior to working in education, Katrina worked in voiceover, music and video production for clients such as Disney Channel and Comedy Central. In addition to serving on the advisory council, Katrina volunteers as a crisis counselor with Didi Hirsch. She became involved in mental health advocacy after losing her dad to suicide in 2016. 

Adia Fadaei


Adia Fadaei is a passionate 21-year-old Iranian-American youth mental health activist from Los Angeles, California, possessing over 7 years of experience in advocacy. She is a 988 Crisis & Suicide Lifeline Counselor and Speakers Bureau Member at Didi Hirsch Suicide Prevention Center. She works as a Next Gen Advisory Council Member with the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI), Public Policy Advocate for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) California Policy Committee, and a National Student Advisory Committee Member for Active Minds. She was a part of Rare Beauty by Selena Gomez’s inaugural cohort of Rare Impact Mental Health Ambassadors and most notably has represented youth at the White House during the nation’s first Mental Health Youth Action Forum hosted by MTV and Viacom CBS, in coordination with the Biden-Harris administration. A current Psychology senior at Point Loma Nazarene University, her professional aspirations include pursuing clinical psychology. Her core interests in mental health are legislation, public speaking, mental health education, crisis intervention, and suicidology among youth communities. 

Jaime Garner


Jaime Garner is a Senior Footwear developer at TOMS shoes with nearly 10 years of experience in the footwear industry. Through her work at TOMS she is able to make products that help make a difference in people’s lives. Bringing awareness and destigmatizing access to mental health resources is a huge passion for her and she hopes to be able to bring her own personal and professional experiences to the advisory council to help grow the reach of Didi Hirsch. Jaime graduated from the University of Southern Indiana and holds a B.S. in English.

Sarah Jeffrey


Sarah Jeffery is an actress, singer and mental health advocate who has quietly amassed a body of work in television, film and music. Jeffery landed her first series regular role in DirectTV’s “Rogue,” portraying the teenage daughter to Thandie Newton. In entering young adulthood, she continued to work on projects including NBC’s SHADES OF BLUE, portraying Jennifer Lopez’s daughter on Fox’s “Wayward Pines” and Disney Channel’s “Descendants” 1 and 3, playing the iconic Princess Audrey. From 2018 to early 2023, Sarah went on to play “Maggie Vera,” on “Charmed, the CBS TV/CW Network reboot. Amidst all this, she has lead several films including Across the Line, Be Somebody, Year of the Fox, and most recently Netflix’s 2024 highly anticipated war drama, “Six Triple Eight,” also starring Kerry Washington and Oprah Winfrey – written and directed by Tyler Perry. In her spare time, Sarah is dedicated to mental health advocacy. As someone who can speak personally to the struggles that come with a mental health diagnosis, she is incredibly passionate about breaking the stigma that comes along with such diagnoses. She hopes to use her voice and story as an OCD sufferer to shed light on the highly misunderstood disorder. 

Meera Varma


Meera Varma is a Mental Health Activist and TEDx Speaker from Los Angeles, CA. Her struggles with mental health cast a dark shadow over many of her experiences as a teenager and were compounded by the cultural shame she faced when seeking treatment as an Asian-Indian woman. The cultural stigma she endured is what fueled her passion for activism at the age of 14. Meera’s activism has been recognized by Oprah, President Biden, Dr. Jill Biden, and U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy. Meera’s work focuses on health policy, suicide prevention, and psychoeducation. She is currently in her master’s program at UCLA. 

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