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Celebrity and Local Leaders in Mental Health Advocacy Recognized as Mental Health Heroes by The Chicago School

NBA Champion Metta World Peace, Dr. Peyman Raoofi, Drs. William and Debbie Covino, Cal State LA, and Kim A. Bunnell, NAMI were honored.

(LOS ANGELES) (May 17, 2018) —The Chicago School of Professional Psychology’s Southern California Campus held its second annual Mental Health Heroes Awards Luncheon on May 9, 2018 in West Los Angeles. The event recognized those who have improved treatment, raised public awareness, and reduced the stigma of mental illness, substance abuse disorders, and suicide. The Chicago School is a leading nonprofit, private university devoted exclusively to psychology, and related behavioral health sciences.

Honorees included:

  • NBA world champion and coach Metta World Peace, who publicly shared his struggle with mental health issues and is now an advocate in fighting mental health stigma.
  • Peyman Raoofi, a psychotherapist who specializes in children’s developmental disorders and who advocates for children globally.
  • William A. Covino and Dr. Debbie Covino, President and First Lady, California State University, Los Angeles, who launched the Mind Matters initiative for student inner well-being and academic success.
  • Kim A. Bunnell, a trailblazer in healthcare whose business acumen has reshaped National Alliance on Mental Illness – Los Angeles County.

“In challenging times, it is truly heartening to see passionate individuals such as these stepping forward to prioritize and address the great needs in mental health. As we passionately believe, there can be no health without mental health,” said Michele Nealon, Psy.D., President, The Chicago School.

Cal State LA, Able Services, Institute for Social and Emotional Intelligence and Roth Staffing were among the many generous sponsors who contributed to the event in benefit of the The Chicago School’s Counseling Centers in Los Angeles and Irvine, California. The counseling centers offer, on a sliding scale, therapy for individuals, couples, families and groups; psychological testing; domestic violence treatment; and educational seminars.

The event counted on guests Abdulla Alsaboosi, Consul General of the United Arab Emirates; Barry Simon, President of the United Nations Association; Dr. Jonathan Sherin, Director of Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health; and representatives from the Midnight Mission, Ann Douglas Center at the Los Angeles Mission, and KIRN 670AM Radio Iran, among others.

About The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Founded in 1979, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (TCSPP) is a nonprofit, private school devoted exclusively to psychology, and related behavioral health sciences. The Chicago School is an affiliate of TCS, a nonprofit system of colleges advancing student success and community impact. The institution serves approximately 4,300 students across campuses in Chicago; Southern California (Los Angeles, Irvine and San Diego); and Washington, D.C., as well as through online programs. The Chicago School is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission, (WSCUC), and its Clinical Psychology Doctoral Programs in Chicago and Washington, D.C. are accredited by the American Psychological Association. With more than 20 graduate degree programs, thousands of hours of real-world training, and a wealth of international opportunities, TCSPP is the leader in professional psychology and behavioral health education. To learn more, visit