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May 15: Join a community conversation about mental illness

'Stigma — Lead the Change' will explore challenges and opportunities within the community and on campuses

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Learn about the stigma surrounding mental illness and what can be done to change that dynamic at a community conversation, sponsored by the Stewart and Lynda Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA and the UCLA Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences.

"Stigma — Lead the Change," presented in partnership with the nonprofit Bring Change 2 Mind (BC2M), will include presentations from three internationally known mental health experts who will explore the current challenges and opportunities within the community, on college campuses and beyond.

Proceeds from the event, to be held Monday, May 15, at the UCLA Neuroscience Research Building Auditorium, will benefit mental health services at the Stewart and Lynda Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA.

Presentations and speakers include:

•  “Engaging communities in resilience over depression: Community partners in care,” by Dr. Kenneth Wells, David Weil Chair and professor in residence in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, David Geffen School of Medicine and Fielding School of Public Health; director of the UCLA Center for Health Services and Society; and affiliated adjunct professor at the RAND Corporation.

• “The landscape, challenges and opportunities of addressing stigma on college campuses,” by Bernice Pescosolido, distinguished professor of sociology and director of the Indiana Consortium for Mental Health Services Research; co-director of the IU Network Science Institute, Indiana University; director of the College Toolbox Project; and chair of the Scientific Advisory Council, BC2M; presenting with student George Patrick Hutchins, IU junior and UBC2M student leader (co-director), Indiana University.

• “A New Way of Clubbing for Youth: Let’s Bring Change 2 Mind,” by Dr. Bennett Leventhal, professor of psychiatry at UCSF School of Medicine; deputy director and director of training, child and adolescent psychiatry, STAR Center; Scientific Advisory Council, BC2M.

General admission tickets are $50. Sponsorships for teachers, counselors and students are encouraged.

Learn more about the event and purchase tickets at www.giving.ucla.edu/stigma

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