THEME-The Quest for Balance: Human Connection in a Digital World

TOPIC-The Power of Empathy Online:Social Media and Mental Health

Explore the impact of social media on mental health and provide strategies for using these platforms in a way

that enhances well-being and connection.


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Meet Ade Henderson

For over ten years, Ade Henderson has been a beacon of inspiration in the non-profit sector, embracing a multitude of leadership roles with unwavering dedication. His profound commitment to mentorship has touched the lives of countless college students and teenagers, guiding them with a blend of wisdom and compassion as they navigate life and build lasting bonds and relationships.

Now, as a visionary Director at a Fortune 500 company, Ade harnesses his belief in the power of human connection. He empowers individuals to ascend to their highest, to chase their professional dreams with an energy that ignites their spirits. A staunch advocate for mental health and inclusivity,

Ade’s passion extends beyond the boardroom. He dedicates his weekends to coaching a vibrant tapestry of neurodivergent and neurotypical children, using the universal language of sports to weave a tapestry of unity and understanding. As a former, professional basketball player, he understands team work, so together, he and his wife not only want to protect, shield, guide, and safeguard their own child, they also want to contribute to children's lives that are not their own. Only when we extend ourselves and protect our youth, the most vulnerable in society, will we be able to see a brighter future.

Social media can sometimes cause fear, loneliness, and depression in our youth and it's up to us, the adults to be guardians of the young people.

Ade is not just a leader; he is a luminary, lighting the path to a brighter future where every individual is valued, every voice is heard, and every dream is within reach. His legacy is one of hope, empowerment, the betterment of humanity, but definitely to our children and youth. With mental health on the rise, we must all do whatever we can to contribute to healing and better health.

Meet GiGi Crowder

Gigi R. Crowder, L. E. a native of Oakland, CA. is the mother of two biological children; 31 years old twin sons and has served as a foster mom and mentor to many more through divine interventions. Gigi served for over 9 years as the Ethnic Services Manager for Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services and has worked in the Behavioral Health Care field for more than 32 years after completing her studies at the University of California, Berkeley. As a family member of several loved ones who have received private and public mental health services she is a strong advocate for promoting culturally responsive behavioral health services for all peers and family members.

She is unapologetic about her efforts to address the needs of African Americans who she deems as the most harmed and neglected due systemic racism. She created, Black Minds Matter 2! which has given her opportunities to speak across the nation. Most recently she was one of California Responder’s to Presidents Biden’s State of the Union Address which presented his Unity Plan.

Gigi is the Executive Director for NAMI Contra Costa, having accepted this position in January 2018, after serving in a consultant role as their Fund Developer. She is also the FaithNet Coordinator and has advanced efforts statewide to reduce mental health stigma by training Faith Leaders using the Mental Health Friendly Communities training curriculum she co-designed. Gigi promotes utilizing natural resources such as those found in faith/spiritual communities and works hard to advocate for the use of community defined strategies for all, with particular focus on better addressing the needs of unserved, underserved and inappropriately served ethnic and cultural communities. Her current focus is addressing the needs of those living with mental illness who are often criminalized for living with a medical condition.

Highlights of her career are being inducted in the Alameda County Women Hall of Fame for her work in developing programs to enhance employment opportunities for individuals with living with mental illness, receiving the 2013 MHAAC Mental Health Achievement Award. She also received the 2016 Multi-Cultural Outreach Award from NAMI California, the 2020 “Making a Difference Award,” from the Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County.

Gigi is also credited for positioning NAMI CC to beat out 600 other NAMI Affiliates and win the NAMI 2021 Multicultural Outreach Award. On January 18th 2022 she was deemed the 2022 Adult Humanitarian of the Year by the Board of Supervisors of Contra Costa County. In November she was honored as 2022 East Bay Leadership Council with the Change Maker Philanthropic Award.

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