Let's Talk Mental Illness 


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

The mission of the Let's Talk 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 the events 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 community mental health professionals.

The second event of the series, entitled Let's Talk Mental Illness: Family Truama will be held October 25, 2018, at the Jewish Educational Alliance from 6-8:30pm.

This event screens the award-winning documentary The Family I Had, which premiered at Tribeca Film Festival in 2017. The documentary 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.

The series will break for the holiday and resume January 2019. The following four sessions are currently planned for 2019.

  • January 24, 2019: MI & Childhood Trauma
  • March 28, 2019: MI & Faith
  • May 23, 2019: MI & People of Color
  • June 27, 2019: MI & LGBT+ Community

Each subsequent event will address specific topics such as: 

  • Mental Illness & Criminal Justice System 
  • Mental Illness & The Military
  • Mental Illness & Treatment Options
  • Mental Illness & Aging
  • Mental Illness & Poverty/Homelessness

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. A moderator will be present at all events.

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.

Click here to download the informational flyer about this event

Resource Fair Registration
The Family I Had Tickets - $15