9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Exhibit tables open
9:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Welcome — Zima Creason, President & CEO, Mental Health America of California and Legislator remarks
10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. — Paul Gilmartin, event emcee and former host of TBS' Dinner & A Movie, hosts The Mental Illness Happy Hour, a podcast consisting of interviews with artists, friends, listeners and the occasional mental health professional about all the battles in our heads; from medically diagnosed conditions, past traumas and sexual dysfunction to everyday compulsive, negative thinking. The podcast has over 600,000 downloads per month, a 5/5 itunes rating where it frequently occupies the top spot in Self-Help, was chosen by Esquire as on...e of the best podcasts of 2016, and was featured in the 2013 PBS Documentary, A New State of Mind.
10:45 a.m. – 10:55 a.m. Becky Fein, Program Director, Send Silence Packing Presentation — Send Silence Packing is a nationally recognized traveling exhibition of donated backpacks representing college students lost to suicide each year
10:55 a.m. – 11:25 a.m. Nadia Ghaffari, Founder of TeenzTalk & Senior at Los Altos High School will present Empowering Youth Voice: Peer Support & Fostering Youth-Led Initiatives Around Mental Health
Nadia Ghaffari is a senior at Los Altos High School with a passion for youth mental health advocacy. She started the nonprofit TeenzTalk after her own experience with aiding in the prevention of her close friend's suicide; TeenzTalk focuses on education, open conversation, and youth empowerment to fight the stigma around mental health. She also spearheaded TeenzTalk's first-annual Teen Wellness Conference in September 2017.
11:25 a.m. – 11:55 a.m. Intermission — Complementary Boxed Lunch Served
11:55 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Symphony of Rhythm Drumming presentation — In this harmony-rhythm interactive session, participants play boom whackers (tuned color percussion tubes). Participants can hear how their individual voices contribute to a greater whole. When all are working together in harmony, the power is palpable.
12:45 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Keynote Speaker: Darrel DMC McDaniels from the legendary hip hop group, Run DMC. Mr. McDaniels will be sharing his story of lived experience of mental health challenges
1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. John Gill, COO, Beats Rhymes and Life
Hip Hop Therapy Presentation and Performance — BRL cultivates dynamic, culturally responsive services that inspire youth to recognize their own capacity for healing and self-expression, through community engagement and the therapeutic power of Hip Hop.
2:00 p.m. Closing Comments – Emcee