Of Sound Mind: Planning for Mental Health and Wellbeing

APA California Chapter


Monday, September 25, 2017
1:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. PDT

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Mental health forms the foundation of an individual's wellbeing, impacting all other efforts to be a successful and healthy person. A multi-disciplinary team will lead interactive exercises to show how mental health can affect all people and their ability to positively contribute to the community, identify challenges rooted in the built environment and local services, and find solutions that allow all residents to maintain a way of life that reduces stress and anxiety and contributes to positive mental health. Step into the mindset of someone with a mental illness, a disability, or general everyday concerns and discover how by working together, planners and service providers can aid in reducing or eliminating barriers to achieving good mental health. Activities will focus on answering the following questions: How does the built environment and local services contribute to or detract from a person's mental health?; What creative solutions can be found to reduce challenges; What local organizations can you reach out to for partnerships?; What roles can each of these organization play in an interdisciplinary effort?


Della Acosta

Della Acosta is a long-range planner at Michael Baker International specializing in community health and equity. She works in the development of plans, policies, and ordinances, as well as community engagement and advocacy. Her experience includes work in mental health services and leading advocacy efforts. Read More

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Hanson Hom, hansonapa@gmail.com