Happenings

Hosting collaborators from the University of Oulu Center for Ubiquitous Computing
Christopher Douglas (UCLA)

On November 8 and 9, 2018, the Depression Grand Challenge (DGC) hosted collaborators from the University of Oulu.  Denzil Ferreira and his team from Oulu’s Center for Ubiquitous Computing – Dr. Aku Visuri, Dr. Yuuki Nishiyama, and Kennedy Asare – conferred with DGC members to formalize plans for using their smartphone-based behavior tracking platform in ongoing Read more

On November 8, 2018, UCLA kicked off a crowdfunding campaign in support of the Depression Grand Challenge’s Screening and Treatment for Anxiety and Depression (STAND) program.  The campaign is active through January 1, 2019 and has a goal of raising $25,000. STAND provides free and accessible mental health resources for all registered UCLA students to assess whether they Read more

On the Friendship Bench a form of problem-solving therapy aims at the potential triggers of distress and patients are guided toward their own solutions.
CNN

Michelle Craske, PhD (psychology and psychiatry professor at UCLA and co-director of the Depression Grand Challenge) was mentioned in a recent CNN article titled, “How a wooden bench is starting a revolution in mental health.” The article details Zimbabwe’s Friendship Bench Project, an inexpensive mental health intervention where individuals meet with a trained Read more