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UBC President Santa J. Ono is UCLA’s Second #DepressionHero

About President Santa J. Ono

Santa J. Ono is the President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of British Columbia (UBC). Before serving as UBC’s president and vice-chancellor, Santa J. Ono earned his BA in Biological Science at the University of Chicago and his PhD in Experimental Medicine at McGill University. He then worked as a professor of Medicine and Biology
at Harvard, Johns Hopkins, University College London and Emory universities. His principal research interests focus on the immune system and eye disease.

Why He’s a #DepressionHero

UCLA recognizes President Ono for sharing his personal struggles with depression with his campus community. By doing so, he showed the students at UBC and elsewhere that they are not alone and that there is hope. Read more

What will become of UCLA’s #ExpandingDialogue?

On behalf of the Depression Grand Challenge, thank you to all who participated in the “Expanding Dialogue” interactive art installation in the week leading up to World Health Day. The purpose of the installation was to engage the campus in a conversation about depression and commemorate World Health Day on April 7, 2017. Throughout the week leading up to World Health Day, hundreds of people interacted with the art installation by sharing drawings, thoughts and Read more

Watch Facebook Live session featuring #DepressionHero Brad Feld and the Director of the Depression Grand Challenge, Nelson Freimer

Brad Feld & Nelson Freimer Discuss Depression (Facebook Live)

Updated Facebook Live Video featuring 4/4/2017 discussion between Brad Feld (early stage investor and entrepreneur and UCLA's first #DepressionHero) & Nelson Freimer, MD, UCLA scientist leading the Depression Grand Challenge. If you are interested in viewing certain parts of the conversation, please go to the appropriate time marker: 0: Overview of Depression Grand Challenge & UCLA #DepressionHero campaign. 2:25 Discussion with Brad about the decision to come out with depression7:24 Discussion about stigma and range of responses to Brad's sharing of his experience with depression12:00 Discussion about Brad's view of the Depression Grand Challenge14:47 Discussion about importance of educating the future leaders (ages 17-25)--current college students20:48 Nelson responds to viewer Jane's question about the definition of depression. Brad supplements that description by sharing more information about his personal experience with depression. 26:30 Brad shares techniques he uses to manage his depression.32:00 Nelson asks Brent's question about the main avenues by which the Depression Grand Challenge is attempting to alleviate the burden of depression.Watch for our next Facebook Live session on April 20 at 4:30 PM PDT.

Posted by UCLA Grand Challenges on Saturday, April 8, 2017

The Depression Grand Challenge (DGC) announced its first #DepressionHero on March 27, 2017, recognizing Brad Feld, an American entrepreneur, author, blogger and venture capitalist at Foundry Group. On April 5, 2017, the Tuesday before World Health Day, Brad joined DGC Executive Committee member, Nelson Freimer, for a live conversation and Q&A via Facebook Live. Read more

Brad Feld discusses the Depression Grand Challenge & his role as a #DepressionHero on his blog Feld Thoughts

Brad Feld is UCLA’s first #DepressionHero because he has written extensively about his experiences with depression on his blog, Feld Thoughts. During the time that he was recognized as a #DepressionHero, Brad shared that he sensed another depressive episode approaching. Brad describes this on his blog, sharing that he took several corrective measures to prevent the episode and relied on the support of friends and family to help him overcome this trying time. These Read more

UCLA Commemorates World Health Day with Student-Designed “Expanding Dialogue” Interactive Art Installation

Adding to the Expanding Dialogue piece at UCLA.
Photo by Cynthia Lee

UCLA is proud to join others across the world to raise awareness for depression on April 7, 2017, in commemoration of World Health Day. This year’s World Health Day, organized by the World Health Organization (WHO), is focused on mobilizing action on depression with the theme “Depression: Let’s Talk“.

In the week leading up to World Health Day, in a work commissioned by the Depression Grand Challenge, UCLA fosters discussion about depression by way of an interactive art installation.

About the Expanding Dialogue Installation

The interactive art installation, named Expanding Dialogue, serves as a physical manifestation of conversation at UCLA as it relates to and reflects on the topic of depression and mental health. The piece is named Expanding Dialogue because it invites passersby to physically add to the conversation piece-by-piece. As they share their thoughts in written or sketch form on pieces of corrugated plastic available on site, participants are then welcome to fit their pieces into the installation, wherever they choose. Read more