Archive Tag: Stigma and Awareness

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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UCLA/IMG broadcaster Josh Lewin.
Katie Meyers

In an August 8, 2018 LA Times article, UCLA/IMG sportscaster Josh Lewin publicly expressed interest in partnering with the UCLA Depression Grand Challenge as he launched his new website focused on mental health: https://www.okaytogether.com/. Lewin initiated his website in order to reduce the stigma associated with depression and anxiety, and let others realize they are not Read more