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Conquering Fear Being Pivotal For Hollywood’s Radical Hospitality, Showcased In GIVEASHIT Series And Heart Forward Podcast



Kerry Morrison of Heart Forward LA has a heart for the people who are in need of “whole person care.” I’ve been hearing about Kerry Morrison’s work in Hollywood for a few years now. I’m continually inspired to share her resources with anyone who’ll listen. But this GiveAShit video below feels like a perfect way to introduce friends, family, and those with a heart for Hollywood to take the first step towards participating in solutions that put people first.

“Transforming the American mental health system through radical hospitality.”

Heart Forward LA

Watch this quick video:

Kerry Morrison, Founder of Heart Forward LA, “Hello friends — feeling so very privileged to share this little mini-doc with you about Heart Forward — how we are inspired by Trieste and how we can find ways to bring the radical hospitality we’ve seen practiced there (so effortlessly) into an American context. I am in awe of the team that produced this — and the director, Colleen Lindl — who captured the essence of what has moved me about Trieste in five min!”

“I think the pivotal moment for me was when I conquered my fear to sit down and ask Tori his name… Conquer that fear and get the name.”

Kerry morrison of Heart Forward LA, in Daily PLanet’s giveashit series, ep 3

I found the lead video above on Kerry’s LinkedIn on the daily scroll. It was created by Daily Planet Productions and their Give A Shit initiative, “With Great Talent Comes Great
.” The work that Daily Planet is doing to boost the signal of Heart Forward is what I LOVE about Hollywood and the artistic community across the entire country – tons of talented people and organizations care about getting the word out in articles, podcasts, video media, and any medium in which we create and consume.

Scott Marvel, President – Daily Planet Ltd, Founder – Give A Shi*t: “…This episode was directed by Colleen Lindl who employed all the soft skills, empathy, and feels to help Kerry weave her story and to shine a light on the incredibly necessary work she is doing everyday.

“We feel passionately that we have a responsibility to use our talents to serve and better the communities we live in.  It’s part of Daily Planet’s culture. …

Video credits:

Morrison: “After 22 years managing the BID in Hollywood, I stepped away in early 2019 to pursue a passion that was kindled during the two years I was privileged to take advantage of a Stanton Fellowship provided by the Durfee Foundation. I am now “all in” to pursue what I learned about a “new way forward” with respect to how people with mental illness in our society can be treated, integrated into community and pursue a whole life. My eyes were opened after visiting the mental health system in Trieste Italy for the first time in July 2017, and I have visited their system five times. I have a huge heart for the severely mentally ill who are left to languish on our streets.”

“I won’t see big change in my lifetime, but I feel like there is a shift happening. That gives me hope.”

Kerry morrison of Heart Forward LA, in Daily PLanet’s giveashit series, ep 3

Kerry Morrison has been campaigning for change to anyone who’ll listen. And they are expanding to connect volunteers with residents in 10 communities in Hollywood. Their initiative expansion is informed by their “Kinship Afternoons” project from 2020. They have a ton of ways you can connect by volunteering, donating, or serving in other capacities (If you are interested in volunteering to help with the Radical Hospitality Initiative, please reach out to A GREAT way to start today is to follow @HeartForwardLA on Instagram and subscribing to their podcast.

“The work really begins once someone is housed.”

the late Mollie Lowery of Housing Works

Now that you have some background on what organizations are doing to combat the problem of social recovery and system accountability in the current American system, below is a powerhouse podcast to add to your rotation.

PODCAST: Heart Forward Conversations from the Heart

Podcast Description: The American mental health system is broken beyond repair. Rather than trying to tweak a system which fails everyone, it is time to commit to a bold vision for a better way forward. This podcast explores the American system against the plumb line of an international best practice, recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO), in Trieste, Italy. The 40-year old Trieste model demonstrates how a community-based treatment system upholds the human rights of the people served.The Trieste story is anti-institutional and models the therapeutic value of social connection. Topics will address contemporary challenges in the American failed mental health system as contrasted with the Italian approach toward accoglienza – or radical hospitality – as the underpinning of their remarkable culture of caring for people. Interviews will touch upon how the guiding principles of the Italian system – social recovery, whole person care, system accountability, and the human right to a purposeful life – are non-negotiable aspects if we are to have any hope of forging a new way forward in our American mental health system.

Featured Podcast Episode Description:Anthony Ruffin is a gifted and compassionate crisis worker who relentlessly seeks to establish trust with the most vulnerable people living on the streets. His career spans working with both nonprofit organizations and the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health. He gives homage to a mentor who many were privileged to know during her amazing and courageous life of caring and service, Mollie Lowery of Housing Works.

In this interview, we are going to gain vicarious insight into Anthony’s approach and see the realities of this human crisis through his eyes. Anthony has visited Trieste twice and he will compare and contrast how people with mental illness are cared for in that community in comparison with the U.S.

Articles that have shined a light on Anthony’s compassionate approach:

“I place my hope in the next generation.”

Kerry Morrison, POdcast: Heart forward Conversations from the Heart

Jennica Schwartzman, Managing Partner at Purpose Pictures Productions, Co-Founder of Little Sister Entertainment, and a member of The Producers Guild of America, SAG/AFTRA, and Moms-In-Film LA, loves tackling a project from idea to distribution as a multi-hyphenate actress-writer-producer. Jennica has been published in the Producers Guild Magazine "Produced By," Legacy Arts Magazine, Paragon Road, Bustle, and she is a guest writer for the acclaimed entertainment industry websites,, Artemis Motion Pictures' #WomenKickAss Forum, and She has been invited to speak on film festival panels and is a workshop teacher for The International Family Film Festival's Road Scholars intergenerational filmmaking camp. Jennica has produced ten feature film releases. Jennica and her husband /producing partner /writing partner Ryan have two kiddos and reside in Hollywood.

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