Speaking for NAMI California 2023 Conference!

NAMI California 2023 Conference Flyer

I have wanted to speak for the annual NAMI California conference for a couple of years. My good friends, Bart and Hazel Bright encouraged me to put together a proposal. They gave very helpful suggestions and I had enough good sense to listen to them. The presentation is called Educating About Substance-Induced Psychosis with Storytelling…

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I Met Former Congressman Patrick Kennedy!

Heidi Swan with former congressman Patrick Kennedy

I was treated to a fundraiser dinner for the http://www.learnaboutsam.org. After chatting with some friends, I turned around and there was former Congressman Patrick Kennedy. He said, “Hi. I’m Patrick” and put out his hand. This was a very exciting moment for me. Of course, I was hoping to meet this champion for addiction and mental health…

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Press Conference in Seattle, Washington

Washington State Representative Lauren Davis and Heidi Swan at THC Press Conference

Washington State Representative Lauren Davis is a champion fighting for regulations on today’s high-potency THC products.  Recently, Representative Davis introduced two bills. The bills were recommendations, found in this report from scientists and researchers from Addictions, Drug and Alcohol Institute, the University of Washington and Washington State University. I was invited to participate in a…

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Redondo Union High School Career Day

Redondo Union High School Career Day 2023

Melissa Staab is the wonderful Drama teacher at Redondo Union High School. My son took Ms. Staab’s Beginning Acting Class and loved it. l was quite honored to be invited to speak for their Career Day. It gave me an opportunity to trace my journey from being a Drama Major at the University of Washington…

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13 Months of Measure M

Vote No on Measure M

Over the last 13 months, I have been deeply involved with fighting a cannabis business from overturning the ban on pot shops in the city where I live, Hermosa Beach, California. 13 months ago, I was utterly overwhelmed. All I knew was how bad this would be for the youth in my community. And how…

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