Message from Eden
Help #CureStigma During Mental Health Month
One in five Americans is affected by mental health conditions and stigma is an on-going issue. That is why Airport Marina Counseling Service is partnering with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) to promote the #CureStigma campaign throughout the month of May - National Mental Health Awareness Month.

AMCS encourages you to pay special attention this month in how you deal with those in your lives who may be struggling with mental health issues. Be an ally. Encourage and support them as they seek the help they need. Examine your own behavior before judging others.   


Now, more than ever, we need to make sure that everyone in our community receives the kind of high-quality mental health services AMCS provides. That means not being afraid to ask for help, not being afraid of the stigma that some have placed on mental health clients and working together to #CureStigma. I hope you will join us in ensuring that no one is alone on their mental health journey.

For more information on Mental Health Awareness Month, please visit   

Wishing you nothing but good vibrations,


Eden Garcia-Balis, LMFT
Chief Executive Officer

Community Partnerships
YMCA & Neighborhood Council of Westchester/Playa

As part of AMCS's on-going efforts to partner with local community organizations, we are proud to be playing a key role in two important partnerships.

Building on our long-term relationship with the Westchester Family YMCA, AMCS is now offering a series of parenting classes aimed at helping parents more effective communicate with their children. Participants in the class need not be members of the YMCA, but the YMCA will provide both space for the classes and childcare for those participating.

This will be an opportunity to learn skills to improve understanding of yourself and your child, learn to communicate effectively with reflective listening and the use of "I Messages," and get introduced to natural and logical consequences and how to implement that with their child.

For more information about the classes, please click here or call (310) 670-1410, ext. 150.

AMCS is also proud to announce its partnership with the Neighborhood Council of Westchester/Playa as part of the Senior Health & Wellness Fair that will be held from 10am to 2pm on Saturday, June 2 at the Westchester Senior Center, 8740 Lincoln Boulevard.

The event, focus on those over 50 years old and their family and friends, will include a variety of free health care screenings, entertainment, giveaways, food and refreshments. The event is sponsored by Councilman Mike Bonin, in cooperation with the Neighborhood Council of Westchester/Playa, the Del Rey Neighborhood Council and the L.A. City Department of Recreation and Parks. See you there!  

Dr. Ashley Covington to Speak at WMHG Annual Meeting
"From Tragedy to Triumph"

Dr. Ashley Covington will be the guest speaker at the Westchester Mental Guild's Annual Meeting at 11:30 am on Wednesday, May 16 at Covenant Presbyterian Church.

The focus of her presentation will be "From Tragedy to Triumph," and a complimentary buffet lunch will be served.

Dr. Covington joined the AMCS family in 2016 and is currently training as a resident psychiatrist at UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. Dr. Covington has interests in holistic and integrative medicine and believes in approaching mental health treatment with a strong emphasis on the mind-body connection and interdisciplinary care coordination.

To RSVP for the event, please email 

Support AMCS Through Amazon Smile
Your Shopping Helps AMCS

AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices, and shopping features as The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to AMCS!

Every item available for purchase on is also available on AmazonSmile ( at the same price. You will see eligible products marked "Eligible for AmazonSmile donation" on their product detail pages.

On your first visit to AmazonSmile (, you are prompted to select a charitable organization from the list of eligible organizations. 
  1. Sign in to on your desktop or mobile phone browser.
  2. From your desktop, go to Your Account from the navigation at the top of any page, and then select the option to Change your Charity. Or, from your mobile browser, select Change your Charity from the options at the bottom of the page.
  3. Select AMCS and a portion from every purchase will go to helping provide low-cost community mental health services and training new therapists.