Talinda Bennington and Kevin Lyman are hosting a very special event this coming Monday, March 9th, 2020 titled 320 Conversations.The event, taking place at the USC Bovard Auditorium, aims to de-stigmatize mental illness by bringing together experts and thought leaders to discuss their personal experiences an challenges in a safe, open, and entertaining environment. The event hosted by actor/comedian Ken Jeong, will feature panelists Tiffany Jenkins (Juggling The Jenkins), Morgan Freed (Emo Nite LA Creative Director and Co-Founder), Jason Docton (CEO of Rise Above The Disorder) and Erin Raftery Ryan (Executive Director of NAMI Westside Los Angeles) and a special performance from Justin Furstenfeld of Blue October.
“The idea for 320 was born out of my personal experience and the recognition that we can do better to address the needs of those who are suffering with mental health concerns and addiction,” shares 320 Changes Direction founder Talinda Bennington. “For 13 years I watched my husband Chester struggle with depression and substance use. I often felt scared and alone. I was uneducated about the challenges he faced and I wanted information – but finding answers to my questions and available help for our family was very difficult. We need to change the culture of mental health so that those in need – and their family members – are able to speak openly about their struggles so that they can seek the care they deserve.”
The evening is the start of a new partnership between Talinda Bennington, the Kevin Lyman Group, and a group of USC Thornton School of Music Students as they are also teasing the first ever 320 Festival at L.A. Live. More details about this event will be shared on March 9th.