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Mental Health Awareness Month Webinar Series: Resources

In this series we will present inspiring professionals who live and teach mindfulness, awareness, and the attitude to overcome unexpected struggles and ways to reach out for help, thereby infusing hope in your life.

MDC Mental Health Awareness Videos


Stress/Time Management and College Student Life

Mr. Gabriel Lamas, LCSW speaks on dealing and understanding knowledge about adjournment, motivation, and stress management. “I work hard to ensure that students have a positive counseling experience in which they are listened to. I operate from a solution-focused, strengths-based, perspective in my counseling sessions. I believe every student has strengths and the potential to do great things. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you believe one of your students may benefit from my services. I would love to work together to ensure our students maximize their potential!”


Seeking Tranquility

Reverend Elizabeth Longo speaks on tools to better manage emotional distress and anxiety. She has worked in Miami Unity Church on the Bay for many years and is currently the Transitional Minister at Renaissance Unity in Cleveland, Ohio and working with other churches in the country. “Through my 35 years of experience, I’ve mastered the art of awakening to the power of love and have become skilled in supporting individuals and holding them accountable as they realize their dreams! “

Opening the Door to Happiness

Dr. Heather Brathwaite speaks on increasing your understanding and knowledge about depression. She is a fulltime Faculty with the Benjamin León School of Nursing at Miami Dade College Medical Campus. She has been a Psychiatric Mental Health nurse in Florida since 1991 and is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She received her BSN in 1991 from Florida International University, her MSN/APRN from FIU in 1996, and her doctorate in nursing from Barry University in 2016. As an APRN, she has the expertise and experience treating patients with psychiatric disorders across the lifespan and across practice settings, from hospitals to outpatient clinics.


Being Human 

Mr. Carlos Laurrari speaks on promoting well-being by exploring our limitations and the wonderfulness of everything that makes us MDC students. Mr. Laurrari, APRN, FNP, PMHNP-BC serves on the Board of Directors for the National Alliance on Mental Illness and NAMI Miami-Dade County. He is an MDC Alumni and completed his BSN at MDC School of Nursing. He is currently pursuing a concurrent law degree and master in public policy at The University of Michigan Law School and the Harvard Kennedy School as a Zuckerman Fellow.