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Community Conversations Open the Dialogue about Mental Health


The Board of Advisors of the Stewart and Lynda Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA hosted its third Community Conversations symposium on May 15, 2017, in the UCLA Neuroscience Research Building. Held in collaboration with the nonprofit Bring Change 2 Mind, the topic of the symposium, Stigma — Lead the Change, focused on the stigma that often surrounds issues of mental health, which can create negative feelings and present significant barriers to care.

The event was moderated by Dr. Thomas B. Strouse (RES ’91), medical director of the Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital and Maddie Katz Endowed Chair in Palliative Care Research and Education. It featured presentations by UCLA faculty member Dr. Kenneth B. Wells, professor-in-residence in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences and David Weil Chair in Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences in the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and Bring Change 2 Mind Advisory Board members Drs. Bernice Pescosolido and Bennett Leventhal. They highlighted current research and programs underway on school campuses and in underrepresented communities that are designed to foster positive attitudes, change the conversation and reduce stigma.

Bring Change 2 Mind was co-founded by actress Glenn Close and her sister Jessie Close and is dedicated to encouraging dialogue about mental health.

For more information, contact Dorin Esfahani at: (310) 267-1838


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