The South Pasadena Middle School PTA will be hosting a free screening for the community of “May I Be Happy” January 25, 2019 Friday at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM. The film will be followed by panel discussion on mindfulness.
The 79-minute documentary follows the mindfulness experiences of students of all grade levels, teachers, elite private school educators, public schools, on the streets, and in juvenile detention centers. After the screening there will be a panel of speakers to answer questions. They are considered experts in the field of mindfulness – Dr. Tina Bradley Trujillo, PhD, a local psychologist who practices mindfulness-based therapy; Ms. Christine Chin and Ms. Kristen Pittman are mindfulness trainers from Marengo Elementary School.
As part of an ongoing program to support the social/emotional development of students and their families in the community through monthly screenings, the South Pasadena Middle School PTA group has marked January as Mindfulness and Wellness month. There’s a growing need to de-stigmatize mental health issues especially in the school communities. The Child Mind Institute has reported that “half of all mental illness occurs before the age of 14, and 75 percent by the age of 24”.
Mindfulness is growing in popularity and its benefits have been proven to help with reducing stress and anxiety and increase focus, among other social/emotional issues. The film “May I Be Happy” focuses on mindfulness in education to life, across all socio-economic spectrum. The producers, Eric Georgeault and Helene Walter, dedicated a year of their time and personal resources to make this film.
Registration information below:
Date: January 25, 2019 Friday
Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Location: South Pasadena Middle School Auditorium
Register at: mindfulness-spms.eventbrite.com