#DepressionHero Campaign

March 17, 2017

World Health Day 2017 – Depression: Let’s Talk

UCLA is proud to join others across the world to raise awareness for depression on April 7, 2017, World Health Day. World Health Day is organized by the World Health Organization (WHO), marking the anniversary of WHO’s founding.

The theme of this year’s World Health Day is Depression: Let’s Talk. According to recent studies cited by WHO, approximately 350 million people suffer from depression, making it the largest cause of disability worldwide. Influenced by an earlier WHO study, several years ago UCLA determined that massive action was needed to help unlock depression’s mysteries. We believed that a major, concerted effort would accelerate the innovation process and more quickly lead to an improved understanding of the fundamental biology, environmental factors, treatment and barriers to treatment related to this devastating disease. In 2015, the campus publicly committed to solve the Depression Grand Challenge. Experts from across our campus are now partnering with external collaborators to pursue the ambitious goal of cutting the burden of depression in half by 2050 and eliminating it by the end of the century.

What is a #DepressionHero?

UCLA is engaging in a number of activities in commemoration of World Health Day. One of these activities is a social media campaign to publicly recognize a number of individuals who our campus has identified as a #DepressionHero. We view these individuals as having been instrumental in increasing and/or changing the public or local community conversation about depression. Through sharing their experiences openly, these heroes help others understand that they do not need to suffer alone, that the depression experience is real, and that it affects people from all backgrounds.

Help UCLA Identify the Next #DepressionHero

Please join us in celebrating our Depression Heroes and feel free to nominate others. As World Health Day approaches, the Depression Grand Challenge will reveal Depression Heroes via social media with #DepressionHero and #LetsTalk. Please follow UCLA Grand Challenges on Facebook and Twitter to get updates. And please confer with your family, friends and acquaintances to start your own conversations about depression and mental health. We need to talk about it if we are going to have a chance at healing this global wound.

#DepressionHero Announcements

Glenn Close 01 August, 2017

Metta World Peace 15 May, 2017

– UBC President Santa J. Ono 13 April, 2017

– Brad Feld 27 March, 2017



UCLA Activities Related to World Health Day 2017 & Resources

UCLA has planned a number of activities leading up to World Health Day. For a full list of planned activities, please refer to UCLA Activities Related to World Health Day 2017. For campus resources, please visit Depression & Anxiety Resources for the UCLA Community.