NOVEMBER 19th EVENT: Mental Health First-Aid Workshop

The Mental Health First Aid Training Program is an 8-hour certification course designed to give participants the tools to respond to psychiatric emergencies until professional help arrives and to improve people’s mental health literacy.

WHAT: Mental Health First-Aid Workshop

HOSTED BY: Mental Health America of San Diego

WHERE: 4069 30th Street, San Diego, CA 92104

WHEN: Saturday, November 19th; 8:30 am – 5:30 pm

AS ALWAYS: Food will be provided

OUR WHY: As a chapter, we hope to raise awareness about mental illness and give our members the tools to effectively support and respond to those in our community who are experiencing a mental health emergency. Also, in the wake of various police-involved shootings impacting those who are diagnosed with mental illness, this is an opportune time for all of us to educate ourselves and serve as a resource for those in our community who are directly impacted.

 IMPORTANT NOTE: This is a members-only training. Please RSVP through our Facebook Event page. 

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Mental Health America of San Diego County is dedicated to promoting mental health, preventing mental disorders and achieving victory over mental illnesses through advocacy, education, research and service.

We hope you can join us for this very important and timely workshop.

NAPAWF-SD May 2016 Newsletter

NAPAWF San Diego Presents “Bi-Visibility Workshop

Join NAPAWF-SD on Saturday, May 28 from 6-8pm (location TBD) for our Annual Membership Drive & APAHM event!

With over 9 million LGBT people in the United States, more than half identify as bisexual. However, the high poverty, discrimination, and poor physical and mental health outcomes within the bisexual population—often at rates higher than their lesbian and gay peers—point toward an urgent need to provide services and support for this segment of the community. “Understanding Issues Facing Bisexual Americans.” Report, 2014.

As an interactive session for members and allies of the API LGBT Community, this workshop will involve a guided discussion around aspects of being non-monosexual within API spaces. Come prepared to see what our sexualities and identities look like on the Spectrum. an interactive session for members and allies of the Asian Pacific Islander (API) Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Transgender (LGBT) Community, this workshop will involve a guided discussion around aspects of being non-monosexual within API spaces. Come prepared to see what our sexualities and identities look like on the Spectrum. Please contact Samantha at for more information or visit the event page on Facebook to RSVP. Look forward to seeing you there!

In the Community

Pan Asian Lawyers of San Diego event
May 18 at 5:30pm
Pan Asian Lawyers of San Diego (PALSD) is commemorating Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month with a reenactment of the 1875 case, 22 Lewd Chinese Women: Chy Lung v. Freeman.  For more information and to RSVP visit:

D6 Night Market
May 21 at 4:00-10:00pm
Night markets, which are a popular tradition throughout Asia and other parts of the world, are an open-air casual social gathering and fill a need for civic community. They are a chance to leisurely stroll, shop, and eat while enjoying the excitement and pleasure that comes from being part of a festive crowd. Located at Mira Mesa Community Park, 8575 New Salem St, 92126. For more information, please visit:

High School FilGrad of San Diego
May 22 at 2:30-5:00pm
The Kuya Ate Mentorship Program (KAMP) will be hosting its 8th High School Filipino/a Graduation of San Diego co-sponsored by the Filipino American Educators Association of San Diego County (FILAMEDA). The celebration will take place on Sunday, May 22, 2016 from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the historic Centro Cultural de la Raza.  For more information, please visit:

Lao American Writers Summit 2016
May 27 at 9:00am-4:00pm & May 28 at 9:00am-4:30pm
The summit aims to be a gathering space for creative professionals of Lao American background and those who support the community. Its objective is to open dialogue on the current state of creative writing, visual artistry, social media, and community advocacy of Lao Americans whose history ties with the events tracing back to the 1975 Diaspora of people from Laos. The event will take place at the Centro Cultural de la Raza, 2004 Park Blvd, 92101. The Summit is free of charge. The Reception has a $10.00 entrance fee. For more information or to RSVP, visit:

In Case You Missed It: #ICYMI

Last month, NAPAWF celebrated 20 years of advancing social justice and human rights for AAPI womyn and girls in the United States! Click here for info about the 20th Anniversary Gala and click here to see photos from the event.

The NAPAWF San Diego Board sends our sincere gratitude to our members and allies. Your passion and dedication to empower the AAPI community on a local, national and global level is a constant inspiration to us.
We couldn’t do what we do without your support!

2016 NAPAWF San Diego Leadership

Chair: Samantha Howell
Political Action & Awareness Coordinator: Gracelynne West
Leadership Development Coordinator: Amelia Ortega
Queer Issues Coordinator: Karen Villa
Communications Coordinator: Tina Helmstreit

If you’re interested in becoming a member of the San Diego Chapter or want to get more involved, please email for more information.

Community Event: SDAYO Fundraiser


Where: Ly’s Garden Restaurant | 4350 54th Street Suite B., San Diego, CA 92115

When: Friday, May 30, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Cost: $35.00 per person/ $350 for a table of 10

Includes: 6 course meal and a drink

For more information or to RSVP, please contact Phet Guiney at (619) 515-2729 or email at

ABOUT SDAYO (San Diego Asian Youth Organization):


The San Diego Asian Youth Organization (SDAYO), was founded by the San Diego Police Department in 1995. It is a non-profit organization located inside the San Diego Police Department’s Multi-cultural Community Relations Office next to Colina Del Sol Park.

SDAYO brings together a diverse group of teenagers and provides them with the resources necessary to give back to their community. The members participate in cultural and civic activities as well as community service events all around San Diego. The youth also learn more about issues in their world through the many guest speakers and educational workshops offered through SDAYO. During summer, they are then rewarded for their hard work and dedication by being able to go on field trips to places like Disneyland, Six Flags, and Universal Studios (for free!). SDAYO not only teaches leadership and communication skills but also motivates teens to do things that benefit their future instead of turning to drugs and gangs.

Teenagers who participate on a regular basis receive recognition from police officers as well as various other community leaders. They are also given the opportunity to partake in a variety of internships and programs that will help them gain work experience, build their resume, and get into the college of their dreams.

Community Event: Khmer New Year Festival, the Year of the Horse

DATE: Saturday, April 12, 2014 and Sunday, April 13, 2014

LOCATION: Colina Del Sol Park

Hosted by San Diego’s Cambodian American community. There will be Pageant competition to select the New Year’s Angel, cooking demo, eating contest, traditional games and dances, classical and modern music, pony ride, spicy food, and more. Come and join for 2 days of family fun under the warm sun with fresh spring air. For more info, please contact