Community Events

Check for LA County Department of Mental Health's calendar for upcoming events as well!

LACDMH Cultural Competency Committee Monthly Meetings

Jan 24, 2015: Emily's Workshop Presentation "Breaking Down the Walls of Perfectionism & Finding My Self-Worth" will take place from 3:10 to 4:25pm.

Jan 25, 2015, 2-5pm ~ Invincible YOU: Transforming Your Pain into Power & Your Scars into Stars

Feb 2, 2015 ~ "Illuminate: Underneath the Layers of API Mental Health hosted by the Asian Pacific Coalition at UCLA; Emily's Workshop Presentation "Breaking Down the Walls of Perfectionism & Finding My Self-Worth"

February 28, 2015, 10am to 4pm ~ 8th Annual Community Mental Health Wellness Cultural Forum 
CA African American Museum, Conference Room H
600 State Drive, Exposition Park, L.A., CA  90037
Attendance is FREE to the Community at Large! Registration required. Download Flyer & Registration form here:
For questions, you may contact Osbee Sangster at (323) 684-4390 or

Past Events Emily Attended:

Jan 17, 2015, 8:45am ~ Emily Wu Truong as a guest speaker for the LAMP (Los Angeles - Monterey Park) Optimist Club Meeting; Location: Community Room at Monterey Park City Hall

Jan 17, 2015 ~ 23rd Annual Empowerment Congress Summit

Jan 14-15, 2015 ~ Emotional CPR Training

Jan 13, 2015, LA County Board of Supervisors' meeting regarding the motion to consolidate the Dept of Mental Health, Dept of Healthcare Services, & Dept of Public Health

January 9, 2015, 9:30-12:30pm The Brightest Star's Coming Out Proud Training Program in San Bernardino

Dec 18, 2014, 10-1:30pm ~ LACDMH Mental Health Commission Annual Community Offsite Meeting; Location: LA County Arboretum, Arcadia

Dec 12, 2014, 12-5pm ~ Client Coalition Holiday Party at LACDMH, 550 S. Vermont Ave. 2nd Floor Conference Room

Dec 11, 2014, 2-4pm ~ LACDMH Service Area 3 Advisory Committee's Holiday Celebration at ENKI, El Monte; To RSVP, contact Jaime Renteria at or Vickie Xu at

Dec 6, 2014, 9-11am ~ Each Mind Matters Volunteer Training, Location: NAMI Orange County Office in Santa Ana

Nov 20, 2014 ~ USC APA Real Talk: Asian Americans & Mental Health

 Nov 7, 2014 ~ Effective & Meaningful Client Stakeholder Participation: Training on Promising Practices in Community Planning Processes

Nov 4, 2014 ~ "Strengthening Native Voices to Build A Healthy Community" Conference

Nov 4, 2014 ~ NAMI Ending the Silence Class Presentations at Verdugo Hills High School w/Letty Baldero

October 29, 2014 ~ LACDMH Asian Hope & Recovery Conference with ME as the Keynote Speaker! The topic of my keynote was "Believing in Me: My Journey to Finding My Self Worth," & my workshop presentation was called "Coping with Bullying & Developing Intervention Strategies."

Oct 25, 2014 ~ Criminal Justice Teach-In & Roundtable w/Phil Cho re: Mental Health Diversion

Oct 23, 2014 ~ LACDMH Profiles of Hope Recognition Awards 

July 10, 2014 to October 23, 2014 ~ LACDMH Planning Committee Meetings for the upcoming Asian Hope & Recovery Conference on October 29, 2014

Sept 9 to Oct 21, 2014 ~ NAMI SGV Educational Series with Dr. Michael DiPaulo

Oct 21, 2014 ~ CA Association of Social Rehabilitation Agencies (CASRA) Conference

Oct 20, 2014 ~ Asian Coalition Monthly Meeting featuring Jimmy Wu's Story ~ "Life in Incarceration: Writing for Redemption, Receiving Support & Finding Hope"

Oct 16, 2014 ~ Asian American Mental Health Training Conference 

Oct 15, 2014 ~ Asian Coalition Officers Meeting

Oct 13, 2014 ~ NAMI SGV Board Meeting

Oct 11, 2014 ~ NAMI Walks with Each Mind Matters as the Lime Green Mental Health Awareness Mascot!

Oct 9-10, 2014 ~ Coming Out Proud Training w/Center for Dignity Recovery and Empowerment

Oct 10, 2014 ~ LA City Hall's Proclamation of October 10th as World Mental Health Day!

Oct 9, 2014 ~ LACDMH API Working Group & SAAC 3 Meeting: NAMI In Our Own Voice Presentation w/Sally Sagario

Oct 8, 2014 ~ NAMI Monthly General Meeting w/Dr. Chris Amenson of Pacific Clinics

Oct 8, 2014 ~ Pacific Clinics' Best Practices in Our Communities Conference

Oct 7, 2014 ~ SGV Frontline "Engaging the Community in Crisis" w/Chief Philip Sanchez

Oct 7, 2014 ~ LA County Board of Supervisors Meeting: Michael Antonovich presents a certificate for NAMI Walks

Oct 6, 2014 ~ LACDMH E&A Hope & Recovery Planning Feedback Meeting

Oct 6, 2014 ~ NAMI Mental Health Matters Radio Show - Interview #3

August 21 to Sept 25, 2014 ~ Kaiser Permanente Weekly Seminars on Mind-Body Health  

Sept 26, 2014 ~ CA Reduction Disparities Project Cultural Competency Committee Alignment Meeting

Sept 26, 2014 ~ Congresswoman Grace Napolitano's Mental Health Consortium Meeting 

Sept 23, 2014 ~ Peace Over Violence's First Responders Training: Trauma & Triage: the Impact of Trauma on Victims & Ourselves

Sept 16-19, 2014 ~ 20th Annual Latino Behavioral Health Institute Conference

Sept 15, 2014 ~ Asian Coalition Monthly Meeting featuring "The Untold Story of Jazmyne Ha Eng"
Speaker: Nancy Eng, Vice President, Consumer/Family Crisis Support & Public Education, NAMI San Gabriel Valley & Team Captain for NAMI Walks 2014 

Sept 13, 2014 ~ Infuse: Asian American Christian Conference - attended the mental health & advocacy seminars

Sept 11, 2014 ~ LACDMH API Working Group & SAAC 3 Meeting

Sept 10, 2014 ~ NAMI Monthly General Meeting with

Sept 10, 2014 ~ LACDMH Cultural Competency Committee Meeting

Sept 8-9, 2014 ~ UC Student Mental Health Conference "Stronger Together: California Colleges & Universities United for Student Mental Health"

Sept 8, 2014 ~ NAMI SGV Board Meeting

August 22-24, 2014 ~ Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAAJ-LA) Community Engagement Academy  

August 23, 2014 ~ NAMI SGV Annual Picnic

August 21, 2014 ~ API UREP Capacitiy Building Project FY 14-15 - Meeting 5

August 20, 2014 ~ Emily's Pacific Clinics Mental Health Worker Training Program Graduation

August 20, 2014 ~ NAMI Walks Kick-Off Luncheon

August 19, 2014 ~ Pasadena Mental Health Advisory Committee Meeting  

August 13, 2014 ~ SAMHSA's Voice Awards at UCLA Royce Hall

August 10, 2014 ~ City of Monrovia's Map Neighborhood Conference
For more info:
RSVP here:

August 7, 2014 ~ Arcadia Chamber of Commerce's Government Affairs Forum with Fire Chief Norwood

August 4, 2014 ~ API UREP Capacitiy Building Project FY 14-15 - Meeting 4

August 1-2, 2014 ~ NAMI California Conference in Newport Beach

July 9, 2014 ~ LACDMH Hope & Recovery Conference Strategy Meeting 

July 10, 2014 ~ Next LACDMH API Working Group & SAAC3 Monthly Meeting at ENKI

July 14, 2014 ~ LACCC Post-Conference Volunteer Debriefing Meeting

July 8, 2014 ~ Kaiser Permanente Seminar on Emotional Stress  

July 8, 2014 ~ Asian Coalition Monthly Meeting at LACDMH

July 8, 2014 ~ From Virginia Tech to Isla Vista: New Approaches to Keeping Guns from People with Dangerous Intentions

July 7, 2014 ~ API UREP Capacitiy Building Project FY 14-15 - Meeting 3

June 30, 2014 ~ Countywide Client Activity Fund (CCAF) Orientation

June 23, 2014 ~ LACDMH LACCC Innovations in Recovery ConferenceIntegrating Physical & Mental Health Recovery held at the California Endowment; Keynote Speaker will be Rose Lopez of Pacific Clinics ​ | I kicked off the conference with my intuitive freestyle dance moves (aka dance therapy) & also sang "Defying Gravity" from the Wicked Musical Soundtrack. Later in the day, I also had my own workshop presentation on "My Journey to Finding My Self-Worth," and the reception from the audience was great! =)

June 19, 2014 ~ LACCC Innovations Conference Volunteer Orientation Meeting w/Pam Inaba

June 19, 2014 ~ API UREP Capacitiy Building Project FY 14-15 - Meeting 1

June 18, 2014 ~ 10th Annual Hoarding Forum: How to Connect Resources to Results

June 17, 2014 ~ Visited the Arcadia Wellness Center for my 1st time!

June 16, 2014 ~ Went back to attending Recovery International's Support Group Meetings at Lacy Park in San Marino

June 16, 2014 ~ LACDMH Asian Coalition Monthly Meeting w/Elections for New Officers | I am now the newly elected Chair of the Asian Coalition! =D

June 12, 2014 ~ LACDMH SA3 API Working Group & SAAC3 Committee Meeting | I am officially a voting member of the SAAC3 Committee Mtgs now! =D

June 5, 2014 ~ 1st LACDMH Planning Committee for the upcoming Asian Hope & Recovery Conference in October 2014

May 30, 2014 ~ Building the Evidence Summit for Community Defined Practices hosted by CiMH
Conference materials can be found here:

May 29, 2014 ~ LACDMH Mental Health & Spirituality Conference: The Year of Transformation, 7:30am to 5pm at the LA Convention Center


May 28, 2014 ~ Filming Each Mind Matters Anti-Stigma PSA in Mandarin & Mental Health Recovery Story Vignette based on Emily's Life; See other PSAs & Vignettes here:

May 22, 2014 ~ "Celebrity Illnesses: What They Mean to Us" hosted at San Marino Crowell Library with Dr. Cary A. Presant who has been a practicing hematologist and medical oncologist in Southern California since 1979.

May 18, 2014 ~ Join NAMI Glendale for Exclusive Movie Screening "Call Me Crazy" from 6:30 to 9pm at Montrose Church, Main Campus, 2409 Florencita Dr., Montrose, CA 91020  
Jonée Shady will be moderating a panel after the screening. Keris Myrick, Former President of NAMI National has been confirmed as one of the panel guests. For more info: 

May 17, 2014 ~ Asian Coalition Booth at the Taiwanese American Heritage Week Festival
Emily will be performed on stage to do a dance, spoken word, & singing "Defying Gravity" for the Taiwanese American Idol show. Emily won 3rd place.

May 16, 2014 ~ UC Irvine hosts Mental Health "Piece of Mind" Event w/Congresswoman Grace Napolitano | RSVP here:

April 28 to May 16, 2014 ~ Emily's MHWT Program Internship with Pacific Clinics

May 15, 2014 ~ Pacific Clinics' 17th Annual Latino Conference &

May 8-9, 2014 ~ American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP)'s Training on Facilitating Suicide Bereavement Support Groups; Received scholarship to attend this training from Saddleback College.

May 6, 2014 ~ Emily's NAMI Ending the Silence Webinar Training

May 3, 2014 ~ Pasadena Mental Health Day from 10am to 3pm at the Pasadena Senior Center &

April 30 ~ CAEQRO Meeting w/Libby Hartigan & CAEQRO individuals at Enki Mental Health in El Monte

April 16 & 30 ~ CiMH Webinar Series of Community-Defined and Promising Practices in Racial and Ethnic Communities for Asian/Pacific Islander Communities

April 29, 2014 ~ LACDMH Hope & Recovery Conference at Almansor Court, Alhambra

April 27, 2014 ~ Volunteering for the Asian Coalition at our booth for the Cherry Blossom Festival in Monterey Park

April 24, 2014 ~ Every Mind Matters: Changing Media Treatment of Mental Illness

April 23, 2014 ~ 2nd Korean Churches for Community Development (KCCD) Faith and Community Collaborative with SAMHSA on Mental Health and Substance Abuse 2-4pm RSVP is necessary.

April 21, 2014 ~ Monthly Asian Coalition meeting at LACDMH HQ

April 21, 2014 ~ SAMHSA Los Angeles Capacity Building Meeting 

April 18, 2014 ~ Pacific Clinics Anti-Stigma Toastmasters Group Meeting led by Rose Lopez

February 10, 2014 to April 17, 2014 ~ Pacific Clinics' Mental Health Worker Training Program | Graduation to take place in early August

April 17, 2014 ~ Webinar: Preventing Suicide among Justice-Involved Youth - Newly Developed Tools, Recommendations & Research

April 16 ~ Webinar Series of Community-Defined and Promising Practices in Racial and Ethnic Communities for Asian/Pacific Islander Communities
April 10, 2014 ~ LACDMH SAAC3 meeting led by District Director Alfred Larios

April 9, 2014 ~ NAMI-SGV General Meeting featuring Guest Speaker Michael Van Essen, Corporate Director of Benefits for Pacific Clinics

April 8, 2014 ~ Asian Coalition Education Event Feedback meeting with officers

April 8, 2014 ~ White House Initiative on AAPI's Regional Interagency Working Group presents Accessing Federal Grants and Services

March 28, 2014 ~ Congresswoman Grace Napolitano's Mental Health Consortium

March 27, 2014 ~ Asian Coalition "Health Reform in Our Communities" Event at Almansor Court, Alhambra - I was the Master of Ceremonies & a Mental Health Client Panel Speaker

March 21, 2014 ~ 1st time for me to attend the LACDMH LA County Client Coalition (LACCC) monthly meeting

March 17, 2014 ~ KCCD Faith Community Collaborative on Mental Health and Substance Abuse

March 13, 2014 ~ Met Dr. Eliza Noh at CSU Fullerton, who does research on Asian American women & their susceptibility to suicide

March 12, 2014 ~ NAMI-SGV Distinguished Speakers Meeting featuring Mental Health Advocate Jeff Baker regarding new research in Psychiatry

February 26, 2014 ~ First time attending the A3PCON Mental Health Committee meeting held in DTLA

January 15, 28, & February 25 ~ Seeing a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with Kaiser's Psychiatry Department

February 7, 2014 ~ First time to check out DBSA Alhambra support group

January 28, 2014 ~ First time to check out NAMI Glendale's Connections support group

January 18, 2014 ~ Protest for Kelly Thomas & Standing up against Police Brutality

January 11, 2014 ~ Vigil for Jazmyne Ha Eng in front of the LA Sheriff Department Temple Station.

November 23, 2013 ~ January11, 2014 ~ In therapy with a psychologist at a sliding scale provider at about 1 time per week

January 9, 2014 ~ LACDMH Service Area Advisory Committee (SAAC) for SA3

December 7, 2013 ~ NAMI-SGV's annual Christmas holiday party - When the fake Santa Clause asks me what I want for Christmas, I wish for peace of mind.

September 25, 2013 to December 4, 2013 ~ NAMI Glendale's Peer to Peer Classes

November 26, 2013 ~ City of El Monte City Council Meeting - I met Ron Thomas (father of Kelly Thomas) & a group of people who are against police brutality towards the mentally ill.

November 26, 2013 ~ First time to check out Project Return Peer Support Network (PRPSN)'s activity group in Arcadia

November 20, 2013 ~ I email a letter to the SMHS Principal Keith Derrick re: intentions when visiting the high school campus. He responds immediately only saying, "I am not aware nor have I seen any photo with a caution notice on it. I will look into it." Did I ever receive another response from him after that? No.

November 18, 2013 ~ Assemblyman Ed Chau's Mental Health Roundtable event - I disclose my personal frustrations with the mental health system & stigma. 

November 17, 2013 ~ Rosemead Fitness & Health Fair - I volunteered with NAMI Board Member Nancy Eng on behalf of NAMI, San Gabriel Valley.

November 16, 2013 ~ Fall Advocacy & Collaboration Conference 

November 3-4, 2013 ~ I am told that San Marino High School has placed a photo of my face in the APO's office mentioning that I am not welcome on campus. The post was never disclosed to me. I contact a friend & San Marino City Councilman to see if there is a way he can look into this matter on my behalf. He contacts Superintendent Loren Kleinrock & San Marino Police Dept Chief Tim Harrigan. Kleinrock only says that he did not see the post. See above for Nov. 20, 2013.

September to October 2013 ~ Pacific Clinics & NAMI partnered up together to create a series of Mental Health seminars called "How to Thrive & Survive with a Mentally Ill Relative" led by Dr. Michael DiPaulo.  

October 26, 2013 ~ Assemblymember Ed Chau's Covered California HealthCare Reform Townhall - In addition to having a resource table for NAMI-SGV & LACDMH with Luna Lu, I made a comment to the panel speakers about my personal mental health issues stating that "I am not poor enough to receive services from the county, but I'm not rich enough to pay out of pocket for mental healthcare sessions, which cost over $100 to $400 per session, and I don't have a job." Unfortunately, no one could really give me any concrete answers that day.

October 25, 2013 ~ LACDMH & Supervisor Mark Ridley Thomas host a Commemoration of JFK launching the Community Mental Health Act in 1963.

October 23, 2013 ~ "Hiding in Plain Sight" event presented by the Japanese American Bar Association, Asian Pacific American Bar Association, & the API w/Disabilities of California to raise awareness on behalf of Asians with disabilities. I set up a resource table with brochures re: Mental Health services offered by NAMI, San Gabriel Valley & LACDMH.

October 23, 2013 ~ LACDMH held their annual API Hope & Recovery Conference at Alhamsor Court. 

October 21, 2013 ~ I visited the LA County Department of Mental Health Headquarters for my first time for the Asian Coalition monthly meeting. I learned about LACDMH's Empowerment & Advocacy Department!

October 19, 2013 ~ I attend San Marino Police & Fire Departments' Open House.

October 15, 2013 ~ I met with NAMI-SGV members & shared stories re: community mental health issues in the San Gabriel Valley area.

October 10, 2013 ~ I completed & became certified in Mental Health First Aid through Pacific Clinics

October 9 & 18, 2013 ~ I visited my high school teachers & spoke with the APO Mary Johnson. I thought I had pleasant conversations with them re: mental health issues. However, skip over to November 4, 2013.

October 9, 2013 ~ I attended Senator Ed Hernandez's San Gabriel Valley Health Collaborative Meeting to mention community mental health concerns as a mental health client. 

October 5, 2013 ~ I attended my first NAMI Walk, which was held in Santa Monica.

October 1, 2013 ~ I attended my first American Legion Post 13 & NAMI-SGV meeting in Pasadena where Pasadena Police Chief Philip Sanchez talks about what it means to take a life, no matter how justified the cause.

September 19, 2013 ~ I attended my 1st "In Our Own Voice" Meeting hosted by Pasadena City College's "Journey to Wellness Project" & NAMI, San Gabriel Valley. 

September 17, 2013 ~ Learning about the API Speakers Bureau of API Mental Health Clients w/Mark Masaoka

September 9, 2013 ~ I visit the San Marino RI meeting for my 2nd time.

August 26, 2013 ~ I attended my 2nd Recovery International (RI) Meeting, but this one was located at the Thurnher House in Lacy Park. I liked this one MUCH better than the one held at the Arcadia Mental Health Clinic. This group teaches you coping skills.

August 21, 2013 ~ A Moment for Community Dialogue & Action re: Treyvon Martin

August 21, 2013 ~ Webinar on Bullying & Harassment in the API Community

August 19, 2013 ~ Checked out Recovery International Support Group at the LACDMH Arcadia Mental Health Center. Didn't care for this particular group. After the meeting, met with a Psychiatric Technician to see if there was anyway I could receive any services there. They stated that I have to go through my own insurance.

August 16, 2013 ~ Invited by Jimmy Wu, I attended InsideOUT Writer's Open House event & even went up to the stage to talk about myself & read my "We Are All Works in Progress" write-up from 2009. 

August 6, 2013 ~ I attended Asian Pacific Family Center's (APFC) Family Support Group meeting for the first time. The meeting is provided for families who speak in Cantonese who are caring for their mentally ill loved ones. Jeanette Choi allows me to speak for a few minutes on the mental health issues of what it meant to be a 2nd generation child of immigrant parents. 

July 31, 2013 ~ I launch my site:, as well as my MLE vBlogs on YouTube! (As of December 2014, it has been on hiatus.) 

July 31, 2013 ~ I volunteered for the Asian Pacific Community Fund (APCF) Gala.

July 29, 2013 ~ Legislative Briefing on API Communities Mental Health issues - I disclose in public for the first time re: my mental health issues. 

July 20, 2013 ~ Assemblymember Ed Chau's Open House

July 17, 2013 ~ Diagnosis of Dissociative, emotional and attachment disorders from Psychologist received.

July 15, 2013 ~ My first appointment with a Clinical Psychologist. After the session, I was given self-report dissociation scale tests to determine my diagnosis.

July 14, 2013 ~ I attend Mike Eng's Swearing-In event for LACCD.

July 4, 2013 ~ Mental breakdown & self discovery of my different sides when I opened my 3rd Grade Diary. 
Dissociative Disorders Info: Types, Symptoms, Treatments

June 30, 2013 ~ I decide to write an autobiography about my life.

November 18, 2009 ~ I attended Assemblymember Mike Eng's Legislative Town Hall Meeting on the State of API's Mental Health, & I had made a public comment at the end of the town hall meeting. See what I had to say below.

June 2003 ~ I graduated from UC Irvine with a degree in Psychology & Social Behavior.

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