Archive Tag: Stigma and Awareness

UCLA Depression Grand Challenge (DGC) Executive Member Michelle Craske (psychology and psychiatry professor and director of the Innovative Treatment Network within the DGC) traveled to Cleveland to join Cleveland Cavaliers star and former UCLA standout Kevin Love for a discussion on mental health awareness on October 9, 2019. The discussion was timed to coincide with the eve of World Mental Health Day, a day which takes place every year on October 10 to raise awareness about mental health issues.

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Cleveland Cavaliers basketball player Kevin Love and former UCLA standout joined Michelle Craske, psychology and psychiatry professor and director of the Innovative Treatment Network within the Depression Grand Challenge (DGC), on August 19, 2019 for Minds Matter: Raising the Curtain on Depression and Anxiety: the first in an ongoing series called Minds Matter hosted by UCLA Psychology and the Geffen Playhouse about issues affecting the brain.

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The Depression Grand Challenge (DGC) is building an advisory cabinet of thought leaders from diverse backgrounds and sectors to develop a strategy to defeat the stigma associated with depression. Ideal nominees are passionate about shifting how society understands, reacts to, and perceives depression, the world’s most common mental health issue. While the Cabinet will set its own direction, anticipated deliverables include creating clear narratives, building targeted campaigns/partnerships and engaging influencers who can shift culture.  This Cabinet will have connections to but be independent of an academic workgroup of experts who study stigma.

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The UCLA Depression Grand Challenge (DGC) submitted a proposal for funding titled UCLA Depression Grand Challenge (UCLA DGC): Humanizing and Destigmatizing Depression through the 2019 My LA2050 Grants Challenge sponsored by the Goldhirsh Foundation. The foundation will award a total of $1 million to ten organizations that have submitted plans on how to make Los Angeles a better place to: LEARN, CREATE, PLAY, CONNECT, and LIVE. UCLA needs to secure the top-10 most votes in the “LIVE” category to be eligible to win $100,000 to dedicate toward destigmatizing and humanizing depression. 

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