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What’s the Future of Behavioral Health? Come to an Ideas Exchange event and help Santa Monica decide! Behavioral health (including mental health and substance use) issues affect everybody in our community so it’s time to come together, share our thoughts, and chart a way forward. The City is hosting a series of Ideas Exchange events designed to surface great ideas from all corners of our community. We’ll hear from local and national experts and contribute our own thoughts so please join in! These events are free and open to everyone.
- Wednesday, May 17, 2023, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM, Annenberg Community Beach House
- Thursday, May 18, 2023, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM, Main Library
- Thursday, May 18, 2023, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM, Virginia Avenue Park (child care will be provided)
In partnership with Cultural Affairs, the Art of Recovery supported Big Talk Project, by Kalina Silverman (local entrepreneur, video artist, and TED speaker with 6.5 million YouTube views), will engage the community at the start of each event through Big Talk questions–meaningful conversation topics that skip the small talk.
Anyone interested in sharing their ideas about the City’s behavioral health needs is also encouraged to complete a brief online survey.
Additionally, for Mental Health Awareness Month, the City of Santa Monica is raising awareness about behavioral health through a series of free community events and activities throughout May. See details here.