Change the Direction of this Mounting Crisis

  • One out of four people on this planet will be affected by a psychiatric illness.
  • These conditions are the number one cause of disability worldwide and are estimated to surpass many other diseases as the major cause of death by 2020.
  • The global economic burden from mental illness is estimated at nearly $2.5 trillion per year and projected to rise to $6 trillion by 2030.
  • Each day in our nation, there are an average of over 3,041 attempts by young people grades 9-12. If these percentages are additionally applied to grades 7 & 8, the numbers would be higher. The suicide rate for white children and teens between 10 and 17 was up 70% between 2006 and 2016, the latest data analysis available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Although black children and teens kill themselves less often than white youth do, the rate was up 77%.
  • Between 2013-2015 20.4% of Sonoma County youth fatalities were due to suicide. This is the second leading cause of death in the 16-24 age group.

To address this mounting crisis we are holding a concert to help Sonoma County youth through Elizabeth Morgan Brown One Mind ASPIRE Sonoma County program.

Ticket Info Here:

Sponsorship Opportunities and Elizabeth Morgan brown (EMB) One Mind ASPIRe Information available at the bottom.

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The concert, A Message of Hope and Help, is part of a larger effort to bring mental health awareness, suicide prevention and treatment programs to Sonoma County through a public/private partnership. We are working to establish an innovative, evidence-based and effective Coordinated Specialty Care (CSC) treatment program in Sonoma County, through the Elizabeth Morgan Brown Memorial Fund and One Mind’s ASPIRe program. This CSC program will assist children and young adults experiencing the symptoms of early psychosis, helping to reduce and manage symptoms, so participants may succeed in education, careers, and relationships.

We envision a purposeful, holistic, and compassionate approach to mental health care, a Coordinated Specialty Care program, providing a continuum of integrated approaches which involve educational and internship opportunities as well as art, music, lecture series, and college credits that will benefit our young people during recovery and treatment.

Please come and join us in celebration of Elizabeth’s spirit and her legacy to help our Sonoma County youth in need and the families and enjoy delicious light fare and our own Sonoma County wine and beer. 🍢🍒🍷🍻

The concert will be held at the FITZSIMMONS BLACK BOX Theatre in Sonoma Academy, Santa Rosa, CA.

Click to listen to Elizabeth’s song.❤️ Love Yourself - A message of hope and help. ❤️

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Gili Melamed-Lev | Piano Ms. Melamed-Lev is the Artistic director and Co-founder of Jazz and Classics for Change, a music series in NY and MA, and a member of The Lev-Evans Duo with pianist Mark Evans. She was the founder and artistic director of The Concerts at Camphill Ghent from 2012-2019. Ms. Melamed-Lev performs extensively in Europe, Israel, and North America.


Chen Zhao | Violin A native of Shanghai, Chen Zhao has toured throughout the US, Europe, and Asia, and performed at Ravinia, La Jolla, Sun Valley, Round Top, Santa Fe, PMF, Evian, BBC Proms, and Lucerne festivals. He has most recently performed as a soloist with the San Francisco Symphony and the Stanford Symphony Orchestra.


Mayor Darrell Steinberg | Keynote Speaker Darrell Steinberg is the Mayor of Sacramento and was the Senate President pro Tempore in the California Legislature. He is one of Sacramento’s most accomplished public servants, serving the Sacramento community for over 20 years. Steinberg represented California’s capital city in the California Legislature from 1998 - 2014, and was the first Sacramentan to serve as President of the Senate in over 125 years. Steinberg earned a reputation for confronting seemingly intractable problems and delivering results for California through consensus-building. Elected to the Senate in 2006, Steinberg became President pro Tempore in late 2008, at the deep end of the economic downturn when the state faced an unimaginable $42 billion deficit. Two years later, he was honored with the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage award by the Kennedy Library Foundation in recognition of his leadership in bipartisan negotiations leading to the state’s fiscal recovery. Steinberg has been a relentless advocate for mental healthcare, calling it “the under-attended issue in our time and in our society.”


Tara Niendam, PH.D. | Speaker Dr. Niendam is a licensed clinical psychologist and an Associate Professor in the UC Davis Department of Psychiatry. She obtained a B.A. in Psychology from Northwestern University and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from University of California, Los Angeles. As the Executive Director pf UC Davis Early Psychosis Program (EDAPT and SacEDAPT Clinics), Dr. Niendam supervises clinic and training activities, and coordinates outreach and educational presentations with Sacramento and across California. She has developed 4 early psychosis programs in Northern California based on the coordinated specialty care model of early psychosis, sharing expertise on the course of early psychotic illness, evidenced based treatment for psychosis, and the use of standardized clinical assessments of early psychosis symptoms, functioning, and outcomes.


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Elizabeth’s Story

From her earliest childhood, our joy in Elizabeth only grew, as we watched her develop into an intelligent, caring, and compassionate young lady with a passion for writing and music. She became an accomplished musician who played piano and violin for the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra. Elizabeth entered college early, at the age of 15, attending Bard College in Massachusetts, where she participated in a semester abroad at Oxford University in England. Though she devoted significant time and energy to her academic and artistic development, Elizabeth cultivated a profound commitment for helping others, and volunteered to serve those less fortunate in Africa, Haiti, and at home. She always focused on devoting herself for the sake of others, helping the most desperately poor and disenfranchised. Elizabeth established an after-school program teaching karate to children with incarcerated parents, and a self-defense weekend retreat for the victims of domestic violence. During her struggles with depression and anxiety, she volunteered with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), intending to share her story with her peers at high schools in the San Francisco Bay Area, to help bring awareness to mental health issues, and dispel the stigma and the silence. Sadly, before she could achieve her heart’s ambitions, Elizabeth took her own life, passing away at age 19 in May 2018. The Elizabeth Morgan Brown (EMB) Memorial Fund exists to realize her intentions to end the stigma and shame associated with brain illnesses and to serve others as she did. The EMB Memorial Fund is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of children and young adults suffering from brain illness. We thank you for your interest and support. Click to learn more about 💖 Elizabeth. 💖