Archive Tag: Stigma and Awareness

By Veronica Fernandez

The past 18 months have been filled with missed and delayed plans, including the postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. As we reflect on the past 18 months, it is evident that the need for us all (even Olympic athletes) to prioritize taking care of our mental health received a gold medal in 2021, with special credit due to Simone Biles. She has shown us that our mental health has to be put above our work, our responsibilities, our social media, and yes—even over winning an Olympic gold medal. We’ve learned to stay home if we feel bad, to seek out professional help, and to proactively reach out to those around us who are having a difficult time as well.

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UCLA Depression Grand Challenge (DGC) Co-Director Michelle Craske (psychology and psychiatry professor) joined Cleveland Cavaliers star and former UCLA standout Kevin Love for a discussion with UCLA student-athletes about mental health. The conversation was hosted by the Players Tribune. The student-athlete attendees included:

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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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