Santa Barbara City College presents: Movies for Mental Health (Online)

A virtual workshop featuring award-winning short films and a panel discussion with students and local mental health resources. All are welcome!

Featured Campus and Community Resources:

Student Health & Wellness Services @ SBCC
Disability Services and Programs for Students @ SBCC
Family Therapy Institute

Featured National Resources:

Crisis Text Line
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Trans Lifeline
The Trevor Project
California Peer-Run Warm Line
Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective (BEAM)
Black Mental Health Alliance


Date:September 16, 2020
Time:4:00 pm - 5:30 pm


Santa Barbara City College
721 Cliff Dr.
Santa Barbara, CA 93109 United States

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Workshop Evaluation

Click here to download a summary of the post-workshop evaluations.
97% of attendees felt the event created awareness of mental health issues
91% said that the workshop helped them confront and address stigma related to mental illness
89% of those not already receiving support reported an increased likelihood to reach out for help
“A good place to come together w/others who are interested in mental health in a stigma-free environment. "
-Workshop Attendee

Interactive Presentation

Films Screened

Films screened and discussed at this workshop

Visualizing Lies
Always Hope
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Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission The MHSOAC provides vision and leadership, in collaboration with clients, their family members, and underserved communities, to ensure Californians understand mental health is essential to overall health. MHSOAC holds public mental health systems accountable, provides oversight for eliminating disparities; promotes wellness, recovery and resiliency; and ensures positive outcomes for individuals living with serious mental illness and their families.
Lisa Conn Akoni, MA, MFT Lisa has 25 years of experience in the behavioral health field, earning her bachelor’s degree in Sociology at the University of California Santa Cruz and her master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University Santa Barbara. Her academic training and expertise are in Clinical Psychology with specializations in Couples Therapy, Crisis Intervention & Assessment, Trauma, Gender Specific Treatment, Childhood/Adolescent/Adult Sexual Abuse & Assault, Personality Disorders, Harm Reduction, Positive Youth Development, Juvenile Justice & Child Welfare Involved Youth, Attachment Disorders, Commercial Sexual Exploitation, and Trauma Focused Sex Trafficking Program Development and Training. Her primary passion is developing innovative supports for youth and young adults through inclusion, opportunity, empowerment, connection, and strengthening resilience.
New Beginning Counseling Center New Beginnings Counseling Center is a nonprofit mental health organization based in Santa Barbara that provides psychological counseling and assessment to people of all ages. They offer a sliding scale and turn nobody away due to an inability to pay. Their average fee is $13 per session! The Counseling Center is led by Clinical Director, Dr. Crystal Ramirez, who leads a team of more than 30 counselors and 10 clinical supervisors.
Rudi Lion, MFT Rudi Lion is a psychotherapist specializing in individual, couples and family therapy with a private practice in Santa Barbara, CA. She loves working with couples of all configurations. Learning to speak our truth in relationship is hard but crucial for the health and well-being of all parties involved.
Brittney Henderson, MA, LMFT I am passionate about working with individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, addiction, complex trauma, PTSD, grief/loss, and chronic mental illness. My formal education and my practice over the years at several substance abuse treatment centers and dual-diagnosis facilities in Southern California have given me the tools and experience to provide methods, guidance, and encouragement to help you move past any debilitating issues and on to a brighter future replete with luminous clarity.
Red Wagon Music Music, Art, & Wellness Entertainment Events & Services. While our main focus is providing quality entertainment to the Central Coast, RWM also provides Production, Education, Training, Mentorship, & Wellness services to promote awareness and resources for local youth and young adults.
Marilyn J. Owen, MA, LMFT Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #41344 Marilyn (she/her) has been a teacher her whole life, and a psychotherapist for the past 20 years of it. Grounded in Jungian and Somatic psychologies, she works with people who are finding their interior edges, processing old traumas, and discovering how their deep joy can meet the intense needs of the world in this transformational moment.