Changing Tides Celebrates 5 Years at 'Horizons' Gala - Little Tokyo Service Center

Changing Tides Celebrates 5 Years at ‘Horizons’ Gala

Changing Tides Celebrates 5 Years at ‘Horizons’ Gala

Changing Tides, a program of LTSC, celebrated their 5 year anniversary with a gala event on November 26, 2023 at the cliff-side estate of supporter Carolyn Elliott.

What started as a one-time event in 2018 aimed at starting open conversations about mental health in the AAPI community has now grown into a full-fledged program with innovative events and initiatives reaching over 70,000 people. Changing Tides (CT)’s most popular initiatives include CT Stream which provides 10 free therapy sessions from a directory of AAPI therapists, CT Anchor which provides free suicide prevention training through the QPR Institute, and Ripple Effect: Walk For Suicide Prevention.

Learn more about Changing Tides from 4 individuals interviewed at this year’s gala:

One Minute with Max Kaito

Max Kaito is one of the original founding Crew members of Changing Tides.

“We definitely didn’t imagine that [Changing Tides] would become what it is now…it’s really cool to see how far it’s come.”

One Minute with Amy Kato

Amy Kato is a Little Tokyo community member and a new supporter of Changing Tides.

“Mental health is not a shameful disease…it’s something that needs to be addressed…it’s very important.”

One Minute with Lisa Nakkim

Lisa Nakkim has served on the Changing Tides Planning Committee for 3 years.

“I feel like [Changing Tides] is the best organization with the most impact that I’ve been involved with.”

One Minute with Mihilo Kato

Mihilo Kato is a high school-aged Changing Tides volunteer and daughter of a LTSC social worker.

“Mental health is very important, and groups like Changing Tides are trying to make it more public and advocate for the importance of mental health.”

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