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Nancy’s Corner: The Guidance Center

I’ve been open about my personal struggle with depression and bipolar disorder for five years now. Since that time, I’ve been asked to speak to hundreds of people all over Long Beach about mental health issues. Mental illness is not an easy topic to discuss. But I want to not only to tell my story, but also to let people know that they are not alone.

By coming out with my personal story, I’ve had the opportunity to speak to countless people about mental illness and gotten to know some fantastic nonprofits like The Guidance Center. The Guidance Center honored me with their Hope Award last year for my advocacy work in mental health. Since then, I’ve been getting to know The Guidance Center and the work they do.

The Guidance Center has been doing a terrific job providing much needed mental health services to Long Beach for the past 60 years. The Guidance Center provides comprehensive mental health treatment to more than 2,000 children and families a year and helps lead them toward a positive and productive future. The Center serves the communities of Long Beach, Compton/Lynwood, San Pedro and Avalon on Catalina Island. For more information about The Guidance Center, visit www.tgclb.org or call 562-485-3095.

I’m excited to say that The Guidance Center asked me recently to join their board of directors. I’m looking forward to working with The Guidance Center board and staff to help children who are struggling with depression and other mental health disorders.

Here are some photos from last weeks’ the Sunset Wine Reception that benefited The Guidance Center:

Speaking with The Guidance Center Board Member Dr. Melvin Marks.

With Dr. Joseph K. Lyou, The Guidance Center executive director Patricia Costales, and the Mayor.

Top photo (left to right):  The Guidance Center executive diretor Patricia Costales, The Guidance Center Board Member Dr. Melvin Marks and Nancy.

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