Chancellor Block publicly announces UCLA to offer new mental health screening and treatment program to all incoming students

September 14, 2017
The mental health screening and treatment program announced by UCLA Chancellor Gene Block is part of the UCLA Depression Grand Challenge.
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On September 14, 2017 at a One Mind Initiative event, Chancellor Gene Block announced a critical milestone in the progress of the Depression Grand Challenge—expansion into the next phase of the 100K study.

The 100K study is one of the four components of the Depression Grand Challenge and it offers the promise to reveal the underlying genetic, cognitive, social and environmental causes of depression.

In this new phase, approximately 10,000 students will be invited to “check in” and if found to be vulnerable for depression or anxiety will be invited to participate in an 8 week cognitive behavioral treatment program (ICBT study).  In the prior phase, approximately 1,000 people participated in the screening with nearly 300 receiving treatment.  UCLA is believed to be the first university to conduct a “campus-wide mental health screening program” such as this one, provided in conjunction with mental health services.

Source: UCLA to offer free mental health screening, treatment to all incoming students UCLA Newsroom, 14 Sep 2017

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