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The Friends of the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA is dedicated to improving the lives of people with mental illness by supporting research to advance innovative treatments and sponsoring educational programs to raise awareness and erase stigma 

Anxious Nation
All That Is Bitter & Sweet
I Keep Trying To Catch His Eye
Just Like You
Salt In My Soul
Burn Rate
For You When I Am Gone
Struggle In Paradise
Still Just a Geek
Gratitude Revealed
Yes! Your Child Can
Getting Thru
Dopamine Nation
As We See It
Of Sound Mind
Good Anxiety
The Body Keeps The Score

Open Mind Past Events

The Grieving Brain
This Is What It Sounds Like - What the Music You Love Says About You
The Neuroscience Of You
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Open Mind Film Festival
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Upcoming Events

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The Open Mind is a free community lecture and film series that brings together thought leaders in science and culture for relevant and meaningful programs about mental health issues. Prior to the pandemic, these programs were held in-person at UCLA but are now presented on a virtual platform and attract a national and international audience. We are honored that the Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital Board of Advisors has joined The Friends of Semel in support of the Open Mind.

Opn Mind

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Friends of the Semel Institute Research Scholars Program 2022 - 2024 Application Process

The Friends of the Semel Institute is committed to helping develop the next generation of researchers of the mind and brain in health and disease. The backbone of the Friends Scholar Program is starter grants of $25,000 per year for up to two years, focused primarily in providing research funding to assist early career investigators and their development of research in neuroscience and human behavior within the Semel Institute.


The Wonder of Women Summit is an annual conference that encourages meaningful discussions on topics of interest to women: careers, health and well-being, nurturing and caretaking, and living a full, meaningful life. #WOW’s goal is to enhance both mental and physical health and inspire the next generation of women leaders.


If you are interested in joining the Teen Advisory Council, please complete this brief online application

Film Festival

The Open Mind Film Festival 2023 is presented by The Friends of the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA. The Friends is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of people living with mental health issues.

Enable us to continue to produce the critically acclaimed free (and virtual) Open Mind lecture and film series that brings together thought leaders in science and culture for relevant and meaningful discussions about mental health issues.  
Fund the research of early career neuroscientists at UCLA through our highly competitive Friends Research Scholar Program that awards yearly grants of $25,000 a year for up to two years.     
Produce the Open Mind Film Festival for High School Students 
Continue to create innovative programs such as our newly established Teen Advisory Council to respond to current mental health needs of the community to erase stigma and raise awareness of mental health 



Thank you for considering a gift to UCLA’s Friends of the Semel Institute. Your support is vital to:

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