Archive Tag: Stigma

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The stigma associated with mental illness is damaging to both the individuals experiencing mental illness and the wider population. Thomas B. Strouse, MD, medical director of the Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA, asserts that the stigma associated with mental illness may be lessened by: understanding the biological basis, sharing personal experiences, attending events Read more

Annie Powell, 35, and her children, Cameron, 5, Emily, 8, and Jacob, 5, at their home on May 7, 2016 in Sterling, Va.
Annie Powell, 35, and her children, Cameron, 5, Emily, 8, and Jacob, 5, at their home on May 7, 2016 in Sterling, Va.
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Nelson Freimer, M.D., psychiatry professor at UCLA, and director of the Depression Grand Challenge, debunks a common mental health myth. Many people assume that it is possible to ‘snap out of’ mental health problems; however, Freimer ensures that “you can’t just magically think your way out of a mental illness, whether it’s mild or severe”. This myth is damaging because many Read more

Depression Grand Challenge Periscope Broadcast

The UCLA Grand Challenges team broadcasted live from the Court of Sciences using the new @UCLAThinkGrand Periscope account.  Reality TV star couple Brendon Villegas and Rachel Reilly, hosted the live stream and engaged with students to raise awareness for depression and mental health month. Brendon is a Ph.D. candidate in Biomedical Physics at UCLA who has become interested in the Depression Grand Challenge as a researcher and advocate. According to Brendon’s observations and personal experience, depression is especially prevalent among people who star or have starred in reality TV (i.e.: shows involving artificial living environments). Stay tuned for more GC social media takeovers and subscribe to our Periscope channel here for updates.

Watch the broadcast on our Youtube channel

Programs meant to reduce bullying in primary and secondary schools are often ineffective. However, after studying more than 7,000 students in 77 elementary schools in Finland, Jaana Juvonen (department of Psychology) has found one that works very well and greatly benefited the mental health of sixth-graders who experienced the most bullying. This program has also significantly improved their self-esteem and reduced signs of depression.

Read more at UCLA Newsroom

UCLA Resilience Peer Network: Innovation to deliver needed care

The UCLA Resilience Peer Network

The UCLA Student Affairs office and UCLA Campus and Student Resilience are partnering with the Depression Grand Challenge to provide students with peer-to-peer counseling outside of a clinical setting. It will bring effective internet-delivered treatment to UCLA students with mild to moderate depression and anxiety. Trained undergraduate and graduate Resilience Peers provide individual and group therapy to students appropriately screened for this tier of treatment, under the close supervision of licensed professionals. Resilience Peer support for this self-guided internet based cognitive behavioral therapy will expand the availability of effective care to the many UCLA students who face challenges accessing timely treatment through our existing treatment centers. Across the nation, college students are demanding more access to mental health services, with almost 50% of community college students reporting a current or recent mental health problem.


Becoming a Resilience Peer

Resilience Peers will be trained to develop a number of skills:

• Active listening & empathic responding
• Boundaries, privacy, and ethics
• Applied positive psychology principles and resilience skills
• Counseling & motivational support for iCBT engagement
• Mindfulness approaches

Students who successfully complete the initial 9 week training will be eligible to facilitate group therapy and one:one interventions for students with mild to moderate anxiety, depression, and stress. Resilience Peers additionally complete Mental Health First Aid Training, QPR Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training, and CARE Certificate Training, and become eligible to participate in the Resilience Peer Network’s prevention, stigma and bias reduction, and early intervention programs.The program requires a two quarter commitment.


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Media coverage about the Resilience Peer Network:

Kuhelika Ghosh: Resilience Peer Network is a good substitute for fewer CAPS sessions Daily Bruin, 21 Jan 2016

Resilience Peer Network to supplement student mental health services Daily Bruin, 19 Jan. 2016

All of Us town hall encourages wider discourse on mental health issues UCLA Newsroom, 27 Jan. 2016

UCLA researchers to study success of online mental health therapy Daily Bruin, 17 April 2016

For more information, or to become a Resilience Peer* please contact:

Dr. Elizabeth Gong-Guy
UCLA Campus and Student Resilience
*If you are interested in becoming a Resilience Peer, please indicate your degree program, year, and a brief statement regarding your interest in joining the program