Domestic-Violence-Awareness; Sexual-Assault-Awareness; What Is Human Trafficking?  and Understand Mental Illness/Traumas to the Mind;

Advocacies/Help Those Who Cannot Speak for Themselves

 May all children be safe and joyful!

The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation is committed to alleviating the suffering caused by mental illness by awarding grants that will lead to advances and breakthroughs in scientific research.

-- formerly National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD)

National Alliance on Mental Illness

From its inception in 1979, NAMI has been dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness.

Stamp Out Stigma is a consumer driven advocacy and educational outreach program designed to make positive changes in the public perception of mental illness and inform the community about the personal, social, economic and political challenges faced by people living with mental illness. Founded by Carmen Lee. 

 1 in 6 adults and almost 1 in 10 children suffer from a diagnosable mental illness. Yet, for many, the stigma associated with the illness, can be as great a challenge as the disease itself. This is where the misconceptions stop. This is where bias comes to an end. This is where we change lives. Because this is where we Bring Change 2 Mind. is a not-for-profit organization created by Glenn Close, the Child and Adolescent Bipolar Foundation (CABF), Fountain House, and Garen and Shari Staglin of IMHRO (International Mental Health Research Organization).


The it’s ok campaign aims to promote open dialogue and end stigma in the Asian American community on the topic of mental well-being. Through an open forum, it’s ok aims to provide a safe place for Asian Americans to find information, discussion, and access to mental health professionals.



















  Look Beneath the Surface and report  Look Beneath the Surface and report exploitation of fellow human beings Look Beneath the Surface and speak up 

  Traffickers use various techniques to instill fear in victims and to keep them enslaved. Some traffickers keep their victims under lock and key. However, the more frequent practice is to use less obvious techniques including:

  • Debt bondage - financial obligations, honor-bound to satisfy debt
  • Isolation from the public - limiting contact with outsiders and making sure that any contact is monitored or superficial in nature
  • Isolation from family members and members of their ethnic and religious community
  • Confiscation of passports, visas and/or identification documents
  • Use or threat of violence toward victims and/or families of victims
  • The threat of shaming victims by exposing circumstances to family
  • Telling victims they will be imprisoned or deported for immigration violations if they contact authorities
  • Control of the victims' money, e.g., holding their money for "safe-keeping"

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is responsible for federal programs that promote the economic and social well-being of families, children, individuals, and communities.


cast members of The Vagina Monologues Jessica & Teresa LeYung Ryan benefit performance for Community Violence Solutions

cast members of The Vagina Monologues Jessica Watkins & Teresa LeYung Ryan - benefit performance for Community Violence Solutions



























  • An estimated 1.3 million women are victims of physical assault by an intimate partner each year.
  • 85% of domestic violence victims are women. 
  • Historically, females have been most often victimized by someone they knew 
  • Females who are 20-24 years of age are at the greatest risk of nonfatal intimate partner violence. 
  • Most cases of domestic violence are never reported to the police.

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence



































"As the author of Love Made of Heart and a community spirit, I advocate understanding of mental illness/traumas to the mind
and I help survivors of violence find their own voices through writing."



"I am always inspired by students and their stories when I'm invited to speak candidly about my experiences as a child-witness to domestic violence (a long time ago but never forgotten). I was a girl who felt helpless, ashamed, angry, and guilty. Then I found a way to help the girl-in-my-heart. Through the characters in my novel, Love Made of Heart, I encourage survivors of violence and witnesses to violence to find and fortify their own voices through writing."  Teresa LeYung Ryan key in "domestic violence" or "mental illness" in the search box for links. As a breast cancer survivor, Mary E. Knippel uses journaling and other creative outlets to complement traditional medicine. She shares her experience through speaking engagements, journaling workshops, along with developing a newsletter, web site, and soon-to-be published book to encourage women to use Creativity as a healing tool. United Nations' International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Girls.  The 16 days of Artivism for Healing begin on Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010 at 12 Noon, San Francisco’s City Hall, will be the stage for the acknowledgment of the need to recognize the violence inherent in our culture and heal the feminine energy of the planet. The closing program for the 16 days of Artivism for Healing and education will place at the Mission & 16th Street Bart Station, a place called Hummingbird Plaza where people will raise their voices in healing chants from Noon to 5 PM on December 10th, International Human Rights Day. Dream hypnosis: to re-enter dreams, resolve nightmares, to practice lucid dreaming, and to integrate the potential of the subconscious and conscious minds. Book, DVD, workshops by Angie Choi. Ellen H. Taliaferro, MD, FACEP serves as the Medical Director of the San Mateo Medical Center Keller Center for Family Violence Intervention in San Mateo, CA. She speaks and writes on the healthcare impact of violence and abuse.   ID=1665   ID=1665

Dr. Taliaferro is a member of

Teresa LeYung Ryan became a member of on February 17, 2010. "Broken childhood, but no one can break my dreams," says author Teresa LeYung Ryan. Moonflower Creations is a resource for Conscious Living, Spirituality, Metaphysics and the Sacred Feminine Mysteries. Marie Elena combines a thirty year background of study, practice and instruction in her classes and services.  Martha Clark Scala, MFT is the author of Feel Better in the Mourning: Give Grief a Voice, a psychotherapist, a presenter, and a real Listener.  The Life Transitions Network offers education and emotional support services to people coping with the myriad of losses and life changes that we must all face. Our services include one to three day residential workshops that focus compassionately on the traumas of loss, abuse, illness, dying and death with a combination of teachings, personal sharing, creative processes and deep emotional release work (Externalization Process). Life Transitions Network , a 501(c)3 not for profit organization, was founded by people who had been on the staff of the Elisabeth Kubler-Ross Center and people who had attended workshops utilizing the Externalization Process, a way of working with our emotions that was developed in the Kubler-Ross workshops.  Dr. Steiner has written numerous articles about living with chronic illness, the challenges and joys of group therapy, and the Therapist's Professional Will, a way to protect clients when the therapist is unavailable.  Have childhood betrayals stopped you from trusting wisely today? The Courage to Trust shows that trust is a choice and offers tools and stories to help you overcome old barriers to trust and intimacy. Book and workshops by Cynthia Wall, LCSW   Impact Bay Area is a nonprofit organization preventing violence and promoting healing by teaching a unique form of self-defense for mind, body and voice. is an Internet radio program that's been expanded to include ALL aspects of aging, health, family relationships, baby boomer concerns, elder care, childcare and senior issues.  Family Violence Prevention Fund  "Human Trafficking is Modern-Day Slavery" Look Beneath the Surface.   California Assembly Select Committee on Human Trafficking   Community Violence Solutions (CVS) is dedicated to working in partnership with the community to end sexual assault and family violence through prevention, crisis services, and treatment. Founded in 1974, Community Violence Solutions, the umbrella organization for the Rape Crisis Center of Contra Costa and Marin Counties, is one of the oldest rape crisis centers in California, and one of the oldest in the country.  National Sexual Violence Resource Center  The California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA)  Chandra Garsson is a powerful artist, proponent for women's and children's safety, and author of Insomnia (Awakening)

For a domestic violence agency or counseling in your area, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline:
1.800.799.SAFE (7233) TDD: 1.800.787.3224 National Coalition Against Domestic Violence  Asian Women's Shelter in San Francisco, CA STAND! Against Domestic Violence has been the voice of community and a force for change in Contra Costa County, California, for over 20 years   A SAFE PLACE is Oakland’s only comprehensive domestic violence program for battered women and children.    SF Domestic Violence Consortium  Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum Asian & Pacific Islander Institute on Domestic Violence  Stamp Out Stigma is a consumer driven advocacy and educational outreach program designed to make positive changes in the public perception of mental illness and inform the community about the personal, social, economic and political challenges faced by people living with mental illness.  NAMI (National Alliance for Mental Illness)   The Surgeon General's Call To Action to Prevent Suicide, 1999 Marcia Naomi Berger, LCSW  Psychotherapy. Consultation. Workshops. Presentations. Author of How to Get the Marriage You Always Wanted.  Byron Katie, founder of The Work, has one job: to teach people how to end their own suffering. As she guides people through the powerful process of inquiry called The Work, they find that their stressful beliefs—about life, other people, or themselves— radically shift and their lives are changed forever.



 "Teresa, THANK YOU so much for coming to our class to share your experiences. It really touched me and I would love to participate in your writer's group in whatever capacity I can.
I'm really happy to have met you, and hope to see you again.
  a student at
 University of CA—Berkeley



Teresa LeYung Ryan, author of LOVE MADE OF HEART, honored Sergeant Sandra Douglas and helped Community Violence Solutions commemorate Denim Day with the City of Pittsburg, CA on April 27th during Sexual-Assault-Awareness Month 2005.




Sociology Professor Daniel Haytin says:
"Dear Teresa, Thank you very much for your outstanding guest lectures in my sociology classes. Mental illness and domestic violence are sobering subjects; my students and I learned much from you and are grateful and appreciative. I was especially impressed with your creative presentation style, using scenes from Love Made of Heart and role-playing, thus maximizing student-participation. I hope that you would be so kind and lecture again."




  UC Berkeley Sociology students & Professor Dan Haytin invite Teresa LeYung Ryan to speak about effects from domestic violence

Professor Dan Haytin & UC Berkeley Sociology students invite Teresa LeYung Ryan to speak about growing up in domestic violence



author Teresa LeYung Ryan honors Sergeant Sandra Douglas & Denim Day Sexual Assualt Awareness & Prevention Month

author Teresa LeYung Ryan honors Sergeant Sandra Douglas & Denim Day Sexual Assualt Awareness & Prevention Month



Teresa LeYung Ryan & Cynthia Peterson of Community Violence Solutions & Phyllis on Denim Day

Teresa LeYung Ryan & Cynthia Peterson of Community Violence Solutions & Phyllis on Denim Day


Teresa LeYung Ryan speaks at Take Back the Night  

Teresa LeYung Ryan speaks at Take Back the Night