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Watch Facebook Live session featuring #DepressionHero Glenn Close and Depression Grand Challenge Leadership Council Member, Robina Riccitiello

Live with #DepresionHero Glenn Close and UCLA Depression

Facebook Live Video featuring 8/8/2017 discussion between Glenn Close (actress, producer and mental health activist, Co-Founder of Bring Change to Mind and 4th UCLA #DepressionHero) & Robina Riccitiello (UCLA Depression Grand Challenge Leadership Council Member).If you are interested in viewing certain parts of the conversation, please go to the appropriate time marker:(Conversation begins at 04:37)04:37 – Introduction and what brought Robina Riccitiello to the Depression Grand Challenge05:41 – Background on Glenn Close, organization Bring Change to Mind and being recognized as a UCLA #DepressionHero06:20 – Glenn on sister Jessie Close’s bipolar disorder diagnosis and Jessie’s son, Calen’s, schizoaffective disorder diagnosis and how this inspires her mental health activism today07:48 – Glenn on how managing mental illnesses is a family affair08:15 – Glenn on learning about her own family’s experience with depression, mental illness and alcohol addiction and the consequences of not openly discussing these past struggles08:35 – Glenn on starting Bring Change to Mind to empower people to talk about struggles without stigma or shame09:03 – Glenn on stigma and talking about mental health11:35 – Glenn on her public service announcement at Grand Central Station14:04 – Robina describes the mission of the UCLA Depression Grand Challenge 15:13 – Glenn on her advocacy for mental health and how she has seen people being touched by her efforts16:41 – Glenn on the importance of scientific research on and funding for mental health 17:28 – Glenn on her visit to Congress about mental health 18:31 – The stigma surrounding mental illness and how it affects families19:42 – Audience question: What should I do if someone who appears to have the symptoms of a mental disorder but they don’t want help because they would eventually be diagnosed and labelled in a certain way?22:33 – Statistics on those affected by mental illness 23:45 – What UCLA is doing to improve mental health with the Depression Grand Challenge24:32 – Glenn on her mental health projects in high schools 26:43 – Glenn on the process of getting help for those who are just getting started 30:00 – Audience question: What would be your advice for people going through a lot of stress and difficult life changes leading to depression? 32:02 – Audience questions: What movies do you think do justice representing mental health issues?33:40 – Thank you and closing remarks

Posted by UCLA Grand Challenges on Tuesday, August 8, 2017

The Depression Grand Challenge (DGC) announced its fourth #DepressionHero, Glenn Close, on August 1, 2017. Glenn is an actress, producer and mental health activist. The DGC is inspired by her personal commitment to change the public’s attitudes about mental illness. Seven years ago she founded Bring Change to Mind, a nonprofit organization which has as its mission ending the stigma and discrimination Read more

The ongoing global trend of migration into large cities will only heighten the need for urban planning focused on sustainability.
Courtesy of Perkins + Will

UCLA will receive $3 million over the next five-years from the National Science Foundation’s NSF Research Traineeship to launch a program that will educate graduate students on sustainable supplies of food, energy, and water to growing urban centers under the pressure of global climate change. Understanding the food, energy, water nexus in conjunction with complex regional socioeconomic and urban planning challenges is an important step towards achieving a sustainable LA. Read more

Dominguez Channel in Los Angeles County
Katie Mika

UCLA researchers have looked at how to improve water-quality and increase water-supply with a focus on the City of Los Angeles – a necessary step towards realizing 100% locally-sourced water for L.A. County by 2050, which is a goal of the UCLA Sustainable LA Grand Challenge.  In the recently released report, LA Sustainable Water Project: Dominguez Channel and Machado Lake Watersheds, researchers specifically studied the highly urbanized Dominguez Channel watershed, which includes the Machado Lake watershed and looked at the Terminal Island Water Reclamation Plant, as well as the underlying groundwater basins, to better understand opportunities to improve water quality and increase water supply. Read more

Glenn Close is UCLA’s Fourth #DepressionHero

About Glenn

Glenn Close is an actress, producer and mental health activist.

Why She’s A #DepressionHero

We recognize her for her personal commitment to change the public’s attitudes about mental illness. Seven years ago she founded Bring Change to Mind, a nonprofit organization which has as its mission ending the stigma and discrimination surrounding mental illness. The organization has reached more than a billion people. We share Glenn’s vision of having the world talk about mental illness just the way we talk about any other chronic disease. Read more

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Anxiety is prevalent among 18.1 percent of adults in the U.S., but anxiety disorders do not affect both genders equally. In fact, women are two times more likely to develop an anxiety disorder than men. There are many theories behind this phenomenon and Michelle Craske, member of the UCLA Depression Grand Challenge Executive Committee, has conducted research in this area. According to Craske, boys are more Read more