Faculty member spearheading TCSPP's Latino Mental Health Initiative in LA/Orange County is also taking steps to build community relationships that will benefit students as they carry out community service work throughout the region.
Dr. Gerardo Canul was one of four featured speakers at a recent Community Outreach gathering in Garden Grove, Calif., sponsored by the local school district. Entitled The Power of Parents - Recognizing Signs and Symptoms of Depression in Youth, the event drew more than 300 people-community members, social workers, civic leaders, parents, nonprofit organization executives, school district educators, and mental health professionals.
"My role is not only to provide the classroom experience but also to give students the opportunity for community outreach," said Dr. Canul.
"The idea is to model to students how to provide services to the community, and the Garden Grove event represents just one such way. We have really just started to build key relationships in Orange County and Southeast Los Angeles County that will-over time-lead to more opportunities for our students."
In addition to being part of a Q&A panel, Dr. Canul spoke on the characteristics of depression, different kinds of intervention available, how to talk to children about mental health issues and what to expect when you go to a therapist. He also staffed a display table with information about the programs offered at TCSPP.
While all the presentations were in English, those in attendance represented a diverse, multilingual crowd, with translators enabling them to hear the proceedings in three additional languages: Spanish, Vietnamese, and Korean.