Sponsored by Turning Point, with co-sponsorship by the Menlo Park Library, the event has the theme, "Being an Advocate and an Ally."
The event is free. There will be more than 20 resource tables staffed by representatives from area mental health and mental health-related organizations.
Mr. Huggins is well-known on the Peninsula for his work in leadership roles with organizations including the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula, the Peninsula Community Foundation, and the Easter Seals Society. The head of Caminar for Mental Health, a nonprofit that provides support services for people with mental health and other disabilities, Mr. Huggins will address the stigmatization and societal shift in perspective of mental health conditions.
Others scheduled to participate in a panel discussion after the keynote speech are: Dr. Gary Tsai, resident psychiatrist for the San Mateo County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services; and Mary Cortani, an Army veteran who founded the nonprofit Operation Freedom Paws to match dogs with veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorders and other disabilities.
There will be a question-and-answer session after the panel discussion.
Live music and a poetry reading are part of the agenda, and there will be a display of 1,000 origami paper cranes. The display, called "Origami Skye," is a project launched by Turning Point and the Mental Health Awareness Project with Lisa Otsuka and her psychology students at Menlo-Atherton High School.
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