On Friday, May 19, 2023, Maternal Mental Health NOW is looking forward to convening for our annual Speak Up When You’re Down Gala at the Westdrift Hotel in Manhattan Beach, CA. The goal of our Speak Up When You’re Down Gala is to honor and celebrate individuals who have survived perinatal depression, anxiety, grief, loss and other hardship, and the friends, family, providers and community leaders who have supported and advocated for them. This year’s theme, Cultivating Community Voices, celebrates the varied and powerful voices that are advancing Black birth equity, justice, and living at the county and state level. The event features a cocktail reception, seated dinner, silent auction and entertainment.

During the evening, recipients will be honored with the Perinatal Mental Health Champion award for their passion and commitment to improve the pregnancy, birthing and postpartum experiences of birthing people and families.

Maternal Mental Health NOW presents

Speak Up When You’re Down Gala
Cultivating Community Voices

Silent Auction, Dinner and Storytelling

May 19, 2023 | 6 pm
Westdrift Hotel, 1400 Parkview Ave
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

Valet and Self-parking Available

$35 Valet and $15 Self-park

Discount hotel accommodations are available

Cocktail Attire | Registration is closed

Contact Kimberly Gray at 310-228-7970 with registration questions

Individual Tickets: $175 ($160 by April 7, 2023)

Family & Friends Table: $1,750 ($1,600 by April 7, 2023): 10 tickets to the event with preferred seating.

Donation: In addition to your ticket, you may make a tax-deductible donation.

Donation (Unable to attend): If you are unable to attend the gala, consider donating a ticket, table or making a tax-deductible donation.

Sponsorship: Interested in becoming a sponsor of the gala, please click here for sponsorship.
Subsidize the attendance of community partners through a sponsorship, starting at $5,000

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Diana E. Ramos, MD, MPH, MBA, FACOG
California Surgeon General
Intergenerational Leaders of Black Birth Equity and Justice

Wenonah Valentine
, MBA, Founder in Residence and Executive Director
i.D.R.E.A.M. for Racial Health Equity

Adjoa Jones, 
MBA, CLES, Doula, Los Angeles County African American
Infant and Maternal Mortality (AAIMM) Prevention Initiative

Sayida Peprah-Wilson
, PsyD, Founder and Executive Director
Diversity Uplifts, Inc.

Additional generous support comes from our sponsors California Community FoundationCalifornia Health Care FoundationHealth NetHeluna HealthProvidenceSage Therapeutics and Biogen, and Sheikh/Impact.

We invite you or your organization to join us as a sponsor of this event. Linked are sponsorship levels and benefits for your consideration. Sponsor packages can be curated to meet your professional or organizational needs that align with your strategic goals. As a project of Community Partners, our 501(c)3 fiscal sponsor, your contribution less the fair market value of the dinner is 100% tax deductible. Our Federal Tax ID number is 95-4302067.

Proceeds from the gala will be used to support Maternal Mental Health NOW’s training, public awareness, and advocacy activities, which include the Black Birth Workers Community.

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Our silent auction is now open and will close at 9:00 pm pm Friday so don’t miss out bidding on some amazing items.

Bid here. All proceeds support our work.





We are excited to host our conference and gala in-person, yet remain committed to the health and safety of our guests. Maternal Mental Health NOW is following current Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Guidelines. We reserve the right to change and/or update the requirements, up until the day of the event, for the safety of the guests. We will communicate with participants by email and post any updates here.

LA County Department of Public Health
Maternal Mental Health NOW grew out of one woman’s ordeal. After the birth of her daughter, Kimberly Wong, Esq. suffered from such severe postpartum depression that she wanted to end her life. Despite good healthcare and strong familial and social support, she struggled to find informed help. Kimberly formed a group in 2007 that would become Maternal Mental Health NOW, a project of 501(c)(3) Community Partners.

The mission of Maternal Mental Health NOW is to remove barriers to prevention, screening and treatment of prenatal and postpartum depression in Los Angeles County.

Maternal Mental Health NOW believes that the mental and emotional experience of welcoming a baby to the family impacts the entire family unit. We invite you to learn more about who we, how we support the community and ways that you can partner with us.

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