UBC President Santa J. Ono is UCLA’s Second #DepressionHero

April 13, 2017
About President Santa J. Ono

Santa J. Ono is the President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of British Columbia (UBC). Before serving as UBC’s president and vice-chancellor, Santa J. Ono earned his BA in Biological Science at the University of Chicago and his PhD in Experimental Medicine at McGill University. He then worked as a professor of Medicine and Biology
at Harvard, Johns Hopkins, University College London and Emory universities. His principal research interests focus on the immune system and eye disease.

Why He’s a #DepressionHero

UCLA recognizes President Ono for sharing his personal struggles with depression with his campus community. By doing so, he showed the students at UBC and elsewhere that they are not alone and that there is hope.

“I want to first, be someone who will speak about it [depression and mental health] to end the stigma and, second, as someone privileged to be in a visible leadership position, use that influence to garner more support for the university and high school students of today. I will be committed to this for the rest of my life.”

– President Santa J. Ono

The Globe and Mail 2/5/2017

Learn More About President Ono’s Experience

You are invited to join us on Facebook on Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 4:30PM PDT for a live conversation and Q&A with #DepressionHero President Ono and UCLA Depression Grand Challenge (DGC) Executive Committee team member and psychology professor, Michelle Craske. To read more about President Ono you may wish to view his Twitter page.

About the #DepressionHero Campaign

UCLA is engaging in a number of activities in commemoration of 2017 World Health Day designed to mobilize resources for depression. One of these activities is an ongoing social media campaign to publicly recognize a number of individuals who our campus has identified as Depression Heroes for having been instrumental in increasing and/or changing the public or local community conversation about depression.

President Ono joins Brad Feld (American entrepreneur, author, blogger, and venture capitalist at Foundry Group) as a #DepressionHero. Learn more.