Mental Health Awareness Initiative aims to deliver a solid platform for mental health professionals to combine their knowledge and expertise to raise Mental Health Awareness and the importance of taking care of one's mental health.

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Opening the Event at 15:00
First Panel
15:00 - 15:15
The Importance of Mental Health Awareness, Dr. George Gharibian (watch now)
15:15 - 15:30
Lifeline: Suicide Prevention
15:30 - 15:45
The Positive Impact of Legal Regulations on Mental Health Services, Dr. Amanda Clinton (watch now)
15:45 - 16:00
Dealing with COVID-19
16:00 - 16:30
Q&A Session
30 Minutes Coffee Break
Second Panel
17:00 - 17:10
Mental Health and Marginalized Communities, Dr. Kelley Haynes-Mendez (watch now)
17:10 - 17:25
The Role of Professional Bodies and Implementation of Ethical Code of Conduct, Prof. Harold Takooshian & Dr. John Boghosian Arden (watch now)
17:25 - 17:40
Healing Post-War Trauma, Dr. Ani Kalayjian (watch now)
17:40 - 18:00
Post-traumatic Growth During a Pandemic: Finding a Silver Lining
18:00 - 18:30
Q&A Session
Closing the Event at 18:30


Dr. Kelley Haynes-Mendez

Director for the Ethnic Minority Affairs Portfolio at the American Psychological Association

Dr. Kelley Haynes-Mendez has 20 years of academic and clinical experience specializing in topics related to ethnicity, culture, race, diversity, intersectionality, and global issues.

Most recently, Dr. Haynes-Mendez was associate professor at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology where she served as chair of the Diversity Advisory Board, Faculty Fellow for the Center for Multicultural and Diversity Studies, and as a member of the President’s Diversity Advisory Council.

Prof. Harold Takooshian

Co-founder and past-President of the APA Division of International Psychology

Harold Takooshian, PhD, is on the faculty of Fordham University since 1975, where he is Professor of Psychology, Urban Studies, and Organizational Leadership.

He has taught at 12 universities in 6 nations, including two Senior Fulbrights to the USSR in 1987 (Russia, Armenia, Georgia) and Russia in 2013 (Moscow, Petersburg, Tomsk, Novosibirsk, Petrozavodsk). He is the Executive Officer of the Armenian Behavioral Sciences Association (ABSA), and has written on the Armenian community in the USA.

Dr. Roy Aranda

President of Long Island Psychological Consulting, P.C.

Dr. Aranda is a psychologist with a law degree who maintains a full time private practice and has sought to empower society through several fundraisers and the Dr. Roy Aranda TV Show on TribunaTV that since. He has had more than 52 shows.

Dr. Aranda served as President of New York State Psychological Association (NYSPA) in 2016 and is a Distinguished Fellow. Past President of NYSPA’s Forensic Division, and a Past President of Queens Psychological Association. He served as President of the Long Island Hispanic Bar Association and President of the Hispanic Neuropsychological Society.

Dr. George Gharibian

Board member of the Armenian American Mental Health Association

Dr. Gharibian is also a founding member of AAMHA volunteers’ group who responded to the mental health issues related to the war in Artsakh.

Dr. Gharibian is a core faculty member in the Clinical Psychology PsyD program at the California School of Professional Psychology in Los Angeles. Furthermore, Dr. Gharibian has been involved in community outreach programs, such as serving in the Eastern European and Middle Eastern subcommittee of the Los Angeles County’s Underserved Cultural Communities (UsCC) unit.

Dr. John Boghosian Arden

Former Regional Director of the Kaiser Permanente Training Programs & Author

In this capacity, he oversaw more than 150 interns and postdoctoral psychology residents in 24 medical centers each year. Prior to this, he served as Chief Psychologist for KP.

He is lead author along with Lloyd Linford of the books Brain-Based Therapy with Adults (Wiley, 2008) and Brain-Based Therapy with Children and Adolescents (Wiley, 2008). His first book, Consciousness, Dreams, and Self (Psychosocial Pr, 1996), was awarded the 1997 Outstanding Academic Book Award by Choice, a publication of the American Library Association.

Dr. Ani Kalayjian

Founder & President of the Association for Trauma Outreach & Prevention

She has been consulting at UN since 1988 as representative of a variety of organizations, currently representing ATOP Meaningfulworld, and ACRPC.

Dr. Ani Kalayjian has been the Vice President of UN NGO DPI Executive Committee, Treasurer of the Human Rights Committee, Corresponding Secretary, & Currently Vice Chair of the Spirituality, Values and Global Concerns, Chair of Annual DPI NGO Conf. and organized 4-6 annual conferences at the UN on Prevention of Genocide, Mind-body-eco-spirit health, engendering inner peace and forgiveness, & dignity for all.

Irene Tananyan

Life Coach, Alternative Healing Practitioner

Irene discovered her natural abilities to help others after going through a number of crises of her own.

Irene is passionate and highly trained in helping individuals and groups find personal and professional purpose and success. She’s a Certified Professional Coach, ICF Associated Certified Coach, and Certified Master Practitioner in Energy Leadership - a methodology that empowers people to dig into their energy to assess who they want to become.

Dr. Amanda Clinton

Senior Director for the Office of International Affairs at the American Psychological Association

Prior to joining the APA, Dr. Clinton served as Professor of Psychology at the University of Puerto Rico where she specialized in culturally relevant programs, early childhood, social-emotional development, and bilingualism.

Dr. Clinton is a licensed psychologist and a credentialed school psychologist with experience in community clinics, pediatric hospitals, public schools, academic settings, and public policy. Dr. Clinton completed an AAAS Congressional Fellowship in the office of Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) where she helped write the Mental Health Reform Act of 2016 (passed as 21st Century Cures).


Gevorg Gharibyan MBPsS

Co-Founder of Millennial Psychologist, Graduate Member of the British Psychological Society

Gevorg Gharibyan, MPsych is a practitioner psychologist with an academic background in Social-Political Psychology, specializing in topics related to ethnic identity, conflict transformation, Social Anomie, trauma, and identity crisis.

He has worked in a number of institutions across Eastern Europe and South Councaus, providing psychological support to people in need of emotional guidance. Most recently Gevorg Gharibyan has been associated with American Psychological Association and awarded Associate Membership into the association.