My name is Ursula Hardianto and I am a junior at the Bishop's School. I was inspired to create an event which raises awareness about mental health when a family member was diagnosed with multiple mental disorders, in the spring of 2015. My family member, a bright, well-rounded, and self-driven student, seemingly lost all motivation and vitality, causing my family to search incessantly for explanations and solutions. As we gained knowledge about mental health, we have become more sensitive, aware, and informed. Although the road to recovery is challenging, we have continued to embrace and support them with the help of doctors, therapists, and NAMI San Diego.
When my family member told me about NAMI San Diego, which they heard from a classmate, I was impressed and incredibly grateful that a non-profit organization advocated for and supported those experiencing mental illness as well as their families. NAMI has helped my family gain valuable information regarding mental health. I am so glad to have the opportunity to organize a benefit concert which will be benefiting NAMI San Diego. A Moment In Time brought us together through the performing arts, allowing us to celebrate mental health and have better awareness of the mental health crisis.