May 25 Gray Panthers Speaker Meeting on Mental Health Needs and Resources

EAST BAY GRAY PANTHERS SPEAKER MEETINGS are usually every Fourth Wednesday of most months from 1:30 to 4pm - All are Welcome! 

Our topic in May (5/25/2022):
Mental Health Needs and Resources in Berkeley and Alameda County

May is MENTAL HEALTH MONTH! We have two featured speakers at our 4th Wednesday public forum: 

  • Paul Kealoha Blake, co-owner of East Bay Media Center, is a long-time member and former chair of the Berkeley Homeless Commission, and a former chair of the Berkeley Mental Health Commission. He is also CEO of Consider the Homeless since 2021. 

  • Christina Murphy - among other experience, is outreach staff with Options for Recovery in Berkeley, and program manager at La Familia Counseling Services for Sally's Place peer respite center, one of five in Alameda County. She is a former Rent Board Commissioner and volunteer organizer of the community Health, Wealth, and Housing Fairs at the Ashby Flea Market with Friends of  Adeline. 

Some starting questions ---  How are we doing individually?  Can we be more chill and still fight for justice?

Berkeley is one of two California Cities with its own mental health department.  What does that get us?  911 calls for suicide attempts, threats, and gestures come from every part of Berkeley.  How would a Special Care Center help?   Who do these city's online Mental Health Apps help? 

What is the Peer Respite Network? Can anyone check in to Sally's Place? 

How do we criminalize and how can we decriminalize mental illness, while still holding people accountable and increase community safety?

BRING YOUR own experiences, questions and resources to share.  There will be ample time for discussion. 


  • Jan Santos, of the East Bay Center for the Blind will also join us with latest news and updates on the Transit Justice Project/Transportation Access Survey. After a short 

    • SB3700 Cap on Insulin; 
    • Get private equity funds out of nursing homes and housing
    • Interfaith action against Roe Vs. Wade
    • Essential Caregivers Act; Long Term Care 4 All Coalition
  • EBGP Chapter News and Member Action Alerts
    • Development standards for Ashby and North Berkeley BART Stations
    • Berkeley Tenants Convention - June 28; SDA; Equity Summit June 25; 
    • PPC Fundraising to send 1000 Californians to California
    • Contributions for reading of "Roe" by Actors Ensemble

  • Other Announcements and Requests for Endorsements as time permits

Adjourn - zoom room open until 4pm

Scroll  to the end of this page below these Resource Links to let us know you are coming and receive email notice of future Gray Panther meetings. 

Mental Health Resources 

May 25, 2022 at 1:30pm - 4pm
Gray Panthers of Berkeley and the East Bay · · 510-842-6224

Will you come?