Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services

4760 South Sepulveda Boulevard Culver City, California 90230 P: (310)390-6612 F: (310)398-5690

erasingthestigma@eventsbyone.com www.didihirsch.org

Mission Statement:

Didi Hirsch transforms lives by providing

quality mental health and substance abuse

services in communities where stigma

or poverty limit access.


Beatrice Stern

Didi Hirsch Board Director Emeritus

founder of the Beatrice Stern Media Award

ETS 2011ETS2011.html
Beatrice Stern Media Award
ETS 2010ETS2010.html
ETS 2009ETS2009.html


High school English teacher, Field Manager for the Civil Aeronautics Administration and assistant to famed architect Richard Neutra, Beatrice Stern dedicated much of her life to making the world a better place. Of all her good service to the Los Angeles community, she contributed the most to mental health, a need she understood all too well having lost family members to suicide.

Bea’s best friend, Didi Hirsch, introduced her to the Board of what was then the Los Angeles Psychiatric Service, and her devotion to mental health increased significantly following her dear friend’s death in 1975. As Director Emeritus and Board Member of Didi Hirsch for nearly 40 years, Bea played a pivotal role, together with her late husband Alfred, in the creation and development of Didi Hirsch. She was a driving force behind the annual Erasing the Stigma Leadership Awards and served as Chair for nearly 10 years. Her vision and boundless energy and enthusiasm were instrumental in the success of the Awards and her leadership as a Board Member helped guide Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services through the years.

In 2007, the Beatrice Stern Media Award was created and funded by the Stern Family to recognize those special individuals who have chosen to help erase the stigma of mental illness in the media. In that same year, the annual Beatrice Stern Intern Scholarship award was inaugurated recognizing deserving students showing passion and dedication to the field of mental health. Beatrice Stern's legacy as a leading advocate in the battle to recognize the importance of mental health within society will be greatly missed.