About

Thank you so much for making WE RISE 2020: Virtual May a huge success. The themes – creating community, breaking stigma, healing trauma and building resilience – live on!

The powerful events that shaped this memorable experience are still available thanks to 2020’s virtual format. Explore our recorded programs, workshops, performances and panels in the Programming section below. And be sure to check out the Always On section of the Calendar for bonus content.

Follow WHY WE RISE on Facebook and Twitter, where we’ll continue to lift up your messages of hope, recovery and resilience.

We can’t wait to see you for WE RISE 2021!

Programming

WE RISE 2020: Virtual May featured a month of original content, all online and all for free. We hosted live performance, interactive workshops, theme nights and town halls featuring some of our favorite artists, musicians and other special guests.

Content from our virtual events continue to be available. Explore the Calendar below to access the recordings from each week. And check out more HIGHLIGHTS below.

Calendar

Friday, May 1
OPENING NIGHT | 7pm

Kick off WE RISE 2020 with our MC/Host Bryhana from Power 106, a special welcome from LACDMH Director Dr. Jonathan Sherin, a preview of May events and a surprise special performance. Hosted by Bryhana from Power106.

How to join us :
If you missed this or just want to relive the experience, you can watch on Facebook or YouTube by clicking on the icons above.
Saturday, May 2
MINDFUL MOMENT WITH THE TREE SOUTH LA | 9-9:20am

Take a break from the outside noise and ease into the weekend with a gentle mindful meditation lead by Jana Johnson
from The Tree South LA leads us through this moment of calm.

How to join us :
This event was offered as a live experience only and no recording is available. Check out the rest of the program calendar for more events you can watch or join.
LIVE PERFORMANCE | 7pm

Join us for performances and words of inspiration featuring Raquel Rodriguez, Nahko, Dylan Dunlap and Mary Lambert. Hosted by Eric
Bigger from Power106.

How to join us :
If you missed this or just want to relive the experience, you can watch on Facebook or YouTube by clicking on the icons above.
Sunday, May 3
DRAG QUEEN STORY HOUR WITH PICKLE | 10-10:30am

Imagine a world where everyone can be fabulous and glamorous! Join Pickle the Drag Queen for family-friendly, gender-fluid story time, brought to you by Drag Queen Story Hour.

How to join us :
If you missed this or just want to relive the experience, you can watch on Facebook or YouTube by clicking on the icons above.
Monday, May 4
WE WRITE POETRY WORKSHOP WITH GET LIT | 12-1pm

Self-expression break! Join the poets of Get Lit for a creative writing workshop to help you nurture your mental health. During the workshop, you’ll create an original poem that you can submit for a chance to win a $1,000 prize.

What you’ll need: Paper, marker or pen, attitude!
How to join us :
This event was offered as a live experience only and no recording is available. Check out the rest of the program calendar for more events you can watch or join.
Tuesday, May 5
READING & RHYTHM WORKSHOP WITH DRUMMING FOR YOUR LIFE | 12-1pm

Find your rhythm through an assortment of drumming exercises led by Julio Figueroa of Drumming For Your Life. Great for beginners and pros alike!

What you’ll need: Soft book to drum on, and grade level book to read during one of the exercises.
How to join us :
This event was offered as a live experience only and no recording is available. Check out the rest of the program calendar for more events you can watch or join.
Wednesday, May 6
HEAL & TRIUMPH: RELEASING GENERATIONAL TRAUMA | 6-7pm

Who would you be without limitations? Join Dr. Rocio Rosales Meza, Devi Brown and Gloria Lucas for an hour-long discussion on generational trauma: what it is, how it impacts our view of ourselves, and explore ways to heal and release fear. Moderated by Melanie Santos.

How to join us :
If you missed this or just want to relive the experience, you can watch on Facebook or YouTube by clicking on the icons above.
Thursday, May 7
SUICIDE + THE SEMICOLON

We’re sharing some of our most powerful content from WE RISE 2019. Hear from survivors of attempted suicides and those impacted by suicide as they open up about their experiences. This discussion features Torri Shack, founder of Tangible Movement; artist Miguel; conductor Christopher Rountree; storyteller Kevin Hines and suicide prevention specialist Stan Collins.

How to join us :
Check out our YouTube page for this and other content from years past.
Friday, May 8
YOGA WITH THE TREE SOUTH LA | 3-4pm

Decompress and move into your weekend with an all-levels flow yoga class to soulful music, led by Jana Johnson from The Tree South LA.

How to join us :
If you missed this or just want to relive the experience, you can watch on Facebook or YouTube by clicking on the icons above.
YOGA CON THE TREE SOUTH LA | 4-5pm

Relájate y comienza tu fin de semana con una clase de yoga para todos los niveles con música emotiva, dirigida por Rita Ortiz de The Tree South LA.

How to join us (Cómo conectarte con nosotros) :
Puede mirar en Facebook o YouTube haciendo clic en los iconos de arriba.
GET LIT’S 9th ANNUAL CLASSIC SLAM | 7-10pm

Be amazed and entertained by the talent, wisdom and words of the incredible poets who earned a place in the finals of the Classic Slam, Get Lit’s flagship event. Cheer on your favorite team and even take part in the voting!

How to join us :
This event was offered as a live experience only and no recording is available. Check out the rest of the program calendar for more events you can watch or join.
Saturday, May 9
BODY IN MIND EMOTION VIRTUAL BOOTCAMP WITH ERIC BIGGER & POWER106 | 11:30am

Join life and fitness coach Eric Bigger for a series of exercises to strengthen your physical body and whole mind.

How to join us :
If you missed this or just want to relive the experience, you can watch on Facebook by clicking on the icon above.
TOUCHSTONES WORKSHOP WITH A WINDOW BETWEEN WORLDS | 2-3pm

Build deep connections and resilience in the face of current challenges. Make your own We Rise Touchstones to keep, carry and even wear as you continue to rise. This interactive workshop is led by artist, and A Window Between Worlds founder, Cathy Salser. Download the worksheet: English I Español

What you’ll need: Paper, pencil/pen (optional: colored pencils or markers), worksheet (available for download in English & Spanish)
How to join us :
If you missed this or just want to relive the experience, you can watch on Facebook or YouTube by clicking on the icons above.
FYI: 320 Festival

Supporting LACDHM’s partner organizations who are participating in this online event all weekend.

How to join us :
Visit 320festival.com for more information.
Sunday, May 10
DRAG QUEEN STORY HOUR | 10-10:30am

Imagine a world where everyone can be fabulous and glamorous! Join Tony Soto for family-friendly, gender-fluid story time, brought to you by Drag Queen Story Hour.

How to join us :
If you missed this or just want to relive the experience, you can watch on Facebook or YouTube by clicking on the icons above.
ART GAMES FOR REAL OR VIRTUAL CONNECTION | 12-1pm

A special interactive workshop led by Courtney Abruzzo & Julie Running of Curate Happiness and sponsored by UCLArts & Healing.

How to join us :
This event was offered as a live experience only and no recording is available. Check out the rest of the program calendar for more events you can watch or join.
Monday, May 11
INSIDEOUT WRITERS' WRITING WORKSHOP | 12-1pm

Join Dee Davis from InsideOUT Writers for a 60-minute creative writing workshop.

What you’ll need: Writing paper and pen/pencil
How to join us :
This event was offered as a live experience only and no recording is available. Check out the rest of the program calendar for more events you can watch or join.
Tuesday, May 12
DE-STRESS WITH URBAN DANCE! | 12-1pm

Join Matthew Diep & Alyssa Bernal of Psypher to learn how to listen to the different ways that your body responds to stress, and we’ll share some fun and easy dance exercises to help you find ways to cope!

How to join us :
This event was offered as a live experience only and no recording is available. Check out the rest of the program calendar for more events you can watch or join.
Wednesday, May 13
BREAKING THE STIGMA: #MENTALHEALTHFORALL WITH DEWANDA WISE | 6pm

How do we break the stigma around mental illness? Join actress and panel moderator DeWanda Wise and panelists Brenda Saraí Zuñiga, Angelique Henderson and Ross Kwong as they talk about mental health, managing through collective stress, and what it means to build community where mental health is possible for all. Panel hosted by NAMI Greater Los Angeles County.

How to join us :
If you missed this or just want to relive the experience, you can watch on Facebook or YouTube by clicking on the icons above.
ROMPIENDO EL ESTIGMA: #SALUDMENTALPARATODOS CON CARO MÁRQUEZ| 8pm

¿Cómo rompemos el estigma en torno a la enfermedad mental? Únase a la locutora Caro Márquez y los panelistas Carmen Rosales, Lisbeth Coiman y Gilberto Riveras mientras hablan sobre la salud mental, el manejo del estrés en estos tiempos, y lo que significa construir comunidad donde la salud mental es posible para todos. Este panel está alojado por NAMI Greater Los Angeles County.

How to join us (Cómo conectarte con nosotros) :
Puede mirar en Facebook o YouTube haciendo clic en los iconos de arriba.
Thursday, May 14
FROM SURVIVE TO THRIVE WITH METTA WORLD PEACE

We’re sharing some of our most powerful content from WE RISE 2019. Watch an intimate fireside chat with former Lakers player Metta World Peace, as he shares his story of trauma, purpose and healing in conversation with Christina Pascucci of KTLA.

How to join us :
Check out our YouTube page for this and other content from years past.
THE POWER OF JOURNALING AND STORYTELLING | 12pm

Incorporating simple journaling exercises into our routines has been proven to reduce stress and anxiety (or improve our emotional health), and help us feel more connected and resilient during difficult days. In this workshop, dig into the power of journaling, walk through some evidence-based journaling exercises and explore ways to share stories to help others. Presented by Love is Louder, a project of The JED Foundation.

What you’ll need: Paper & writing utensil (pen/pencil)
How to join us :
If you missed this or just want to relive the experience, you can watch on Facebook or YouTube by clicking on the icons above.
Friday, May 15
LATIN SABROSURA WITH DANCING DIASPORA COLLECTIVE | 3-4pm

¡a BAILAR! Let’s dance to un poquito of a variety of social dance forms: Salsa, Cumbia, Merengüe, Quebradita, and more! So come ready to move your hips and corazones. ALL dancing bodies are welcome because ALL bodies are dancing bodies.

What you’ll need: Your body, movable attire, and water
How to join us :
If you missed this or just want to relive the experience, you can watch on Facebook or YouTube by clicking on the icons above.
Saturday, May 16
MINDFUL MOMENT WITH METTA WORLD PEACE | 9-9:30am

Join Metta World Peace as he discusses the power of mindfulness and breath support. After, flow through a morning meditation with Alex Dawson.

How to join us :
If you missed this or just want to relive the experience, you can watch on Facebook or YouTube by clicking on the icons above.
PERFORMANCE & DEEP DIVE CONVERSATION WITH ELOHIM | 7PM

Kick off Saturday night with an introspective dialogue with Elohim and Torri Shack followed by a bonus performance by Heather Mae!

How to join us :
If you missed this or just want to relive the experience, you can watch on Facebook or YouTube by clicking on the icons above.
Sunday, May 17
TEEN TOWN HALL | 1pm

An open conversation led by teens for teens, discussing the mental health issues they most want to explore, especially in the time of COVID-19. Moderated by Ross Szabo. Presented with Bring Change to Mind.

How to join us :
This event was offered as a live experience only and no recording is available. Check out the rest of the program calendar for more events you can watch or join.
YOUNG ADULT TOWN HALL | 4PM

An open conversation led by college students for young adults, discussing the mental health issues they most want to explore, especially in the time of COVID-19. Moderated by Victor Schwartz. Presented with the Jed Foundation and Active Minds.

How to join us :
This event was offered as a live experience only and no recording is available. Check out the rest of the program calendar for more events you can watch or join.
Monday, May 18
SELF-CARE LUNCH BREAK WITH INNER-CITY ARTS | 12-1PM

Treat yourself to a creative lunch break of self-care!  Enjoy an hour of mindfulness, music and mandala-creation led by professional artists from Inner-City Arts.

What you’ll need: Coloring utensils of your choice (ex: colored pencils, crayons, markers, pastels, or paint), blank sheet of paper (any size, cut to the shape of a square), and your wonderful self!
How to join us :
If you missed this or just want to relive the experience, you can watch on Facebook or YouTube by clicking on the icons above.
Tuesday, May 19
LAS FOTOS PROJECT’S SELFIES, SELF-REFLECTION & SELF-TALK | 12-1PM

Have you ever considered photography as a therapeutic tool?  Learn how selfies can support with self-reflection and self-talk with Las Fotos Project students and team.

What you’ll need: Camera phone, paper, writing supplies, and an open mind (optional: printer, collage supplies)
How to join us :
If you missed this or just want to relive the experience, you can watch on Facebook or YouTube by clicking on the icons above.
DIRECTING CHANGE 8TH ANNUAL AWARDS CEREMONY | 7-8PM

Join Directing Change for the 8th Annual Directing Change Program and Film Contest award ceremony showcasing the top films in the Suicide Prevention, Mental Health Matters and other special categories!

How to join us :
If you missed this or just want to relive the experience, you can watch on Facebook by clicking on the icon above.
Wednesday, May 20
ATHLETES & MENTAL HEALTH: RAISING THE GAME | 6-6:45pm

Join us for a special one-on-one conversation about athletes and mental health. Former NBA player Larry Sanders and ESPN/SEC broadcast reporter Lauren Sisler will discuss how athletes are becoming more vocal about their own mental health and how collegiate and pro sports leagues are changing.

How to join us :
If you missed this or just want to relive the experience, you can watch on Facebook or YouTube by clicking on the icons above.
Thursday, May 21
ADDRESSING SERIOUS MENTAL ILLNESS

We’re sharing some of our most powerful content from WE RISE 2019. Hear from survivors of attempted suicides and those impacted by suicide as they open up about their experiences. This intimate conversation features activist Mia St. John and activist/actor Madchen Amick. Moderated by Mariel Hemingway.

How to join us :
Check out our YouTube page for this and other content from years past.
DIRECTOR'S CUT CONVERSATION WITH DIRECTING CHANGE YOUTH | 7-8pm

Youth and young adult filmmakers will screen films about mental health and suicide prevention during a “Director’s Watch Party” discussion with filmmakers Bradley Buecker (executive producer of 9-1-1, Glee) and Lisa Klein (director of The S Word).

How to join us :
If you missed this or just want to relive the experience, you can watch on Facebook or YouTube by clicking on the icons above.
Friday, May 22
TRAIN LIKE A DODGER! | 3-4PM

Get moving and train like the Dodgers in the comfort of your own home. Join us for a special workout with Director of Player Performance for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

How to join us :
If you missed this or just want to relive the experience, you can watch on Facebook or YouTube by clicking on the icons above.
Saturday, May 23
MINDFUL MOMENT WITH DANCING DIASPORA COLLECTIVE | 9-9:20am

Your Body Knows! Get curious about the wisdom your body holds to heal itself. Learn simple body centered mindfulness meditation techniques to ground you into your truth, be unconditionally present with yourself and open the door to living a more authentic life. Led by Raquel Lemus of Dancing Diaspora Collective.

What you’ll need: Any mat, sheet or towel if participants desire.
How to join us :
If you missed this or just want to relive the experience, you can watch on Facebook or YouTube by clicking on the icons above.
Sunday, May 24
DRAG QUEEN STORY HOUR | 10-10:30am

Imagine a world where everyone can be fabulous and glamorous! Join Billy L’Amour for family-friendly, gender-fluid story time, brought to you by Drag Queen Story Hour.

How to join us :
If you missed this or just want to relive the experience, you can watch on Facebook or YouTube by clicking on the icons above.
FAMILY DANCE FOR HEALING JAM! | 12-1PM

Rise and shine with Charlotte and Brittany from The Dance for Healing Project as we stretch, sweat, move and groove with the whole family. Our session will be filled with fun games and activities.  Family participation is encouraged. All ages welcome. No experience necessary!

How to join us :
If you missed this or just want to relive the experience, you can watch on Facebook or YouTube by clicking on the icons above.
WE RISE TOUCHSTONES CARRY THE JOURNEY FORWARD | 2-3PM

Follow up to the We Rise Touchstones workshop with Cathy Salser of A Window Between Worlds.  Join us for a share-back & mini-training for those exploring Touchstones as a resource for transforming trauma – in our bodies, in our families and in our communities.

How to join us :
This event was offered as a live experience only and no recording is available. Check out the rest of the program calendar for more events you can watch or join.
Monday, May 25
MEMORIAL DAY CONVERSATION + TRIBUTE | 5-6:30pm

Join us on Memorial Day for a timely discussion on remembrance, connection and resilience with leading veteran voices, followed by a series of reflections expressed through the arts and inspirational messages. Panelists include Tess Banko from UCLA/VA Veteran Family Wellness Center, Shad Meshad from the National Veterans Foundation, Victor LaGroon from the City of Hope and Gabriel Santos from VOALA.  Moderated by Dr. Nathan Graeser.

How to join us :
If you missed this or just want to relive the experience, you can watch on Facebook or YouTube by clicking on the icons above.
Tuesday, May 26
DRAWING YOUR DREAMS WITH ARTWORXLA | 12-1PM

Draw your dreams into reality. Join an interactive workshop exploring our goals and dreams through drawing at home. We will develop a journey map imagining how you would like to grow towards your goals in the future, along with three action items.

What you’ll need: Paper or digital drawing pad, pens, markers/colored pencils if you have them, Collage materials if available (scissors, paper, magazine cutouts)
How to join us :
This event was offered as a live experience only and no recording is available. Check out the rest of the program calendar for more events you can watch or join.
Wednesday, May 27
ASKING FOR HELP & HEALING | 6-7PM

Join a candid and challenging conversation on mental health, recovery, and what it really means to ask for help. Amanda Crew, actress and Project HEAL Board member, moderates the intimate discussion with panelists Ellen Wong, Jen Ponton, Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman and Lieba Swartz-Brownstein, LMSW who have all experienced eating disorders as they share stories of struggle, support and – ultimately – healing.

How to join us :
If you missed this or just want to relive the experience, you can watch on Facebook or YouTube by clicking on the icons above.
Thursday, May 28
EMPOWERING LGBTQ+ STORIES WITH IT GETS BETTER | 12-1PM

Come join It Gets Better for a discussion and screening of films from Fearless, a groundbreaking video series that highlights the stories of pioneers from the LGBTQ+ equality movement in Los Angeles.

How to join us :
If you missed this or just want to relive the experience, you can watch on Facebook or YouTube by clicking on the icons above.
Friday, May 29
GRADUATION CELEBRATION | 7pm

It’s graduation season, and we’re throwing a virtual celebration with performances from powerhouse recording artists – including Jewel and San Cha – plus messages from special guests to honor the class of 2020.

How to join us :
If you missed this or just want to relive the experience, you can watch on Facebook or YouTube by clicking on the icons above.
Saturday, May 30
MINDFUL MOMENT | 9-9:20am
Join Gail Soffer of Mindful Veteran Project for a calming mindfulness exercise to ground and connect you to the present moment.
How to join us :
If you missed this or just want to relive the experience, you can watch on Facebook or YouTube by clicking on the icons above.
PERFORMANCE AND CONVERSATION | 7pm

Tune in for an exclusive performance and conversation with Miguel. Followed by a one-on-one conversation with Madison Bailey and Lacy Hartselle.

How to join us :
If you missed this or just want to relive the experience, you can watch on Facebook or YouTube by clicking on the icons above.
Sunday, May 31
CLOSING REFLECTIONS | 7pm

Join us as we take a look back on this past month and look ahead at how we can keep the momentum going all year long. Plus, messages from special guests and an exclusive performance by Ozomatli!

How to join us :
If you missed this or just want to relive the experience, you can watch on Facebook or YouTube by clicking on the icons above.
STUDENT FILMS ON MENTAL HEALTH – DIRECTING CHANGE

Check out the award-winning LA films from this year’s Directing Change Film Contest.

To View:
Check out our Instagram
CORONAVIRUS DIARIES VIDEO DIARIES - GET LIT & WHY WE RISE

Check out our Coronavirus Diaries video series where teens and young adults share how they are coping through spoken word.

To View:
Visit our YouTube page to see the entire series.
POETRY CONTEST

Check out the talented finalists and honorable mentions from the Why I Rise poetry contest.

To View:
Visit the Why I Rise/Get Lit poetry contest page.

COLOR YOUR OWN VERSION OF SOME OF OUR FAVORITE ART

Feeling creative? Download any or all of these coloring pages and show us your creation by tagging the artist and WE RISE.

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