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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

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

UCLA’s Dr. Michael Fanselow: Understanding post-traumatic stress and how to treat it

Michael Fanselow is a Distinguished Professor of Behavioral Neuroscience at UCLA and Director of Staglin Family Music Festival Center for Brain and Behavioral Health at UCLA. Fanselow’s research through the Center focuses on uncovering the neurobiological bases for anxiety disorders such as post-traumatic stress. Specifically, Fanselow has studied why humans overgeneralize fear, which causes individuals to Read more

Thousands of branches and branchlets emanate from an astrocyte’s cell body, which is the dense portion in the middle of the image.
Baljit Khakh/UCLA

UCLA researchers reveal that astrocytes, a type of brain cell that supports and protects neurons, aren’t all the same. Baljit Khakh, a UCLA professor of physiology and neurobiology and the study’s senior author, has upended a long-standing idea in neuroscience that all astrocytes are indistinguishable. The astrocyte has several unique functions in the brain and impaired astrocyte function has been implicated in diseases Read more