Archive Tag: Stigma and Awareness

A reflection on the Mental Health Coalition’s #HowAreYouReally Challenge

By Veronica Fernandez

In Colombia, we have a troubling conception of stop signs, we consider them a mere suggestion, a lack of acceleration, but we never really pause. When you grow up always running, sometimes decelerating, but never genuinely stopping, a global pandemic will knock you off your feet.

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UCLA is proud to join the Mental Health Coalition (MHC)‘s “How are you, really?” challenge launched on May 15, 2020. This campaign is designed to destigmatize all mental health conditions. Joining with other partners in the MHC, we ask you to authentically answer this question: “How are you, really?” Using the #HowAreYouReallyChallenge and tagging @uclathinkgrand, @mentalhealthcoalition & @howareyoureally, share your truth on social media and at howareyoureally.org in order to start more in depth conversations about mental health.

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The UCLA Depression Grand Challenge (DGC) is honored to be a partner of the Mental Health Coalition (MHC). The coalition was convened by social activist and fashion icon Kenneth Cole in order to draw attention to and address the stigma associated with mental health conditions. The MHC includes nonprofits, businesses, brands, celebrities, and influencers.

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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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