Let's Talk Mental Illness 


The ELLA Foundation is pleased to announce the Let's Talk Mental Illness Discussion Series.

The mission of the Let's Talk Mental Illness discussion series is to offer support, education, and advocacy to those affected by mental illness, violence, or exposed to the criminal justice system, and to anyone who wants to learn more about mental health, mental illness, violence, victim advocacy, and mass incarceration in America.

The ongoing series debuts in Savannah September 27, 2018, from 6-8pm at The Demere Center for Living.

The first of event is entitled: Let’sTalk Mental Illness: Myths, Truths, Realities. As the introduction to the series, it will focus on an overall examination of mental illness from various mental health community professionals.

The second event of the series, entitled Let's Talk Family Trauma: Causes & Affects will be held October 25, 2018, in the 300 seat auditorium at the JEA, from 6-8pm. 

This event screens the documentary The Family I Had, which premiered at Tribeca Film Festival in 2017, and examines the family of a young boy who murdered his sister.

One of the subjects of the film, Charity Lee, Founder & Director of The ELLA Foundation, will host a Q & A after the screening.

Each subsequent event will address specific topics such as: 

  • Mental Illness & Crime
  • Mental Illness & Childhood Trauma
  • Mental Illness & Stigma
  • Mental Illness & Mass Incarceration
  • Mental Illness & The School to Prison Pipeline
  • Mental Illness & The LGBT+ Community
  • Mental Illness & The Military
  • Mental Illness & Treatment Options
  • Mental Illness & Gender
  • Mental Illness & Issues of Faith
  • Mental Illness & Aging
  • Mental Illness & People of Color
  • Mental Illness & Culture


Each event is composed of a panel of experts and community members relevant to the scheduled topic of discussion. Each event allows for & encourages community participation through Q&A sessions during each event.  

Each event will also offer a community resource fair comprised of community agencies, NPO's, the medical community, and other agents which deal with the issues of mental health and mental illness.

We are looking for panel members, resource fair participants, outreach partners, and sponsors for the program. We are also open to ideas for additional topics.

Please contact us for more information, a topic suggestion, or to participate in the series. 

Thank you,  

Charity Lee


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