Brown Bag Seminars

Brown Bag SeminarsMental Health America of Hawai`i offers periodic seminars to the public on important mental health issues. Members of the public, providers, people with mental health problems, and family members are invited to attend. A donation of $10-$25 is requested. Past Brown Bag programs have included:

July 2013: AUTISM: PUTTING THE PIECES TOGETHER, featuring: William Bolman, M.D.,“Grandfather” of autism in Hawaii, Founding Member and President, Autism Society of Hawaii; Kiele Pennington,Coordinator,Talk About Curing Autism (TACA) Hawaii, parent of children with autism; Kawika and Laurie Kahiapo, parents of a young adult with autism; Leolinda Parlin, State Coordinator for Family Voices of Hawaii, parent of a young adult with autism.
November 2012: MENTAL WELLNESS FOR CAREGIVERS AND SENIORS, featuring: Ritabelle Fernandes MD, MPH, FACP, Clinical Assistant Professor of Geriatric Medicine, John A. Burns School of Medicine UH, Staff Geriatrician, Kokua Kalihi Valley Clinic, Thomas Harding, PsyD, MA, Director of Neuropsychology, Hawaii Pacific Neuroscience, Gary Powell, Executive Director, The Caregiver Foundation, Sara Tompkison, LCSW, Caregiver Support Coordinator, VA-Pacific Islands Healthcare System.
December 2011: HEALTH & WELLNESS IN THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY, featuring Bob Bidwell, M.D., Adolescent Medicine/Pediatrics, Linda Krieger, J.D., Civil Rights Commission, Rev. Dr. Jonipher Kupono Kwong, Minister, Jeffry Priela, Military Advocate, OutServe Hawaii.

June 2011: PREVENTING YOUTH BULLYING / CYBERBULLYING IN HAWAI`I, Senator Suzanne Chun Oakland, Chair of the Hawai`i Senate Human Services Committee, Sara Ka`imipono Banks, Coordinator, Creating Pono Schools & the E Ola Pono Campaign, Karen Umemoto, Ph.D., Asian/Pacific Islander Youth Violence Prevention Center, University of Hawai`i at Manoa, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Antonia Alvarez, MSW, Youth Suicide and Bullying Prevention Director, Mental Health America of Hawai`i.

November 2010: MYTHS & FACTS OF SCHIZOPHRENIA, featuring Tom Leland, M.D., Psychiatrist, Department of Public Safety, O`ahu Community Corrections Center, Retired, Kalihi Palama Community Mental Health Center and Community Care Services; Eva Kishimoto, CSAC, DCSW, Special Populations Service Director, Adult Mental Health Division, State Department of Health; Margie Durant, Retired Social Worker, NAMI Hawai`i Volunteer, parent of adult child with schizophrenia; and Chenille Garcia, Peer Educator, Department of Health; Massage Therapist, diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder

June 2010: UNDERSTANDING THE EFFECTS OF WAR, featuring William F. Haning, M.D., previously Force Surgeon, US Marine Forces Pacific, and Marine Forces Central Command in Iraq; Captain, Navy Reserve; transferring to the Retired Reserve in 2010; recipient of Legion of Merit Award; Professor of Psychiatry and Director of Graduate Affairs, University of Hawai`i John A. Burns School of Medicine; Hon. Michael Broderick, Judge, First Circuit Family Court of Hawai`i; Leigh Ching, Mother, Daughter and Sister of Veterans.

November 2009: EATING DISORDERS, THE MOST LIFE-THREATENING MENTAL ILLNESS, featuring Anita Johnston, Ph.D., author of Eating in the Light of the Moon, Director and Co-Founder of the Anorexia & Bulimia Center of Hawaii and Clinical Director and Founder of the Ai Pono Intensive Outpatient Eating Disorders Programs.; Sonia Patel, M.D., founder and chief volunteer of Po'o No'ono'o Foundation, dedicated to promoting resiliency in underprivileged youth in Hawaii, Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Hawaii Department of Psychiatry; Kristen Lindsey-Dudley, R.D., M.P.H., nutrition therapist with specialty in the treatment of eating disorders, using an intensive outpatient treatment program; and Geri Marullo, R.N., D.P.H., parent of a young adult with an eating disorder and former CEO of Child and Family Service and the Consuelo Foundation.

January 2009: BIPOLAR DISORDER: THE BATTLE FOR BALANCE, featuring Tom Leland, M.D., Medical/Psychiatric Consultant, Community Care Services (APS Healthcare); Anthony Guerrero, M.D., Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and General Pediatrician, Associate Professor at the University of Hawaii, John A. Burns School of Medicine; Everett Vierra, Hawaii Certified Peer Specialist and Person with Bipolar Disorder; and Chuck Freedman, Mental Health America of Hawaii Board Member and Parent of Child with Bipolar Disorder.

October 2008: TRAUMA OF WAR: Mental Health Challenges of Hawaii's Soldiers and Their Families, featuring Laura Wheeler, Hawai`i National Guard's State Family Program Director; Michael Faran, MD, Director of School-Based Mental Health, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Dept., Tripler Army Medical Center; Clay Park, Veterans Affairs Specialist, Papa Ola Lokahi; and Ann M. Fisher, ACSW, LCSW, Sexual Trauma and Readjustment Counselor, Honolulu Veterans Center

January 2008: TEEN DEPRESSION AND SUICIDE IN HAWAI`I: Why Does Hawai`i Have the the Second Highest Rate in the Nation of Teenagers Planning & Attempting Suicide? Featuring: Cathy Bell, M.D., Program Director for Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Residency Program in the Dept. of Psychiatry at the UH School of Medicine; Bob Bidwell, M.D., Adolescent medicine specialist with UH School of medicine who works with a wide variety of at risk youth, and father of a teenager who has had depression; Jean Adair Leland, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist, Kapiolani Child Protection Center and Private Practice; and Michael Rimm, M.D., Clinical Director, Maui Family Guidance Center

October 2007: “BABY BLUES” AND POST-PARTUM DEPRESSION, featuring Rosemary Adam-Terem, Ph.D., who is in private practice in Clinical Psychology specializing in women’s issues and with a particular interest in perinatal issues; Diane Ashton, a woman who has experienced Post-Partum Depression, is founder of Post-Partum Depression Support Hawai`i and is Hawai`i State Coordinator for Post-Partum Support International (; Tricia Wright, M.D., who is Assistant Professor, Department of Obstetrics/ Gynecology and Women’s Health, UH John A. Burns School of Medicine, and Medical Director, Perinatal Addiction Treatment of Hawai`i, for pregnant substance-using moms; and Lynn Tokumine, Psy.D., a Clinical Psychologist who works with women in Waianae
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