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Open Mind Lecture
Mental Health and Covid-19

Please join UCLA's Friends of the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior and the Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital Board of Advisors for a special Open Mind/#WOW presentation that speaks to the most pressing mental health issues facing us today - anxiety, depression, fear and loneliness.

Moderator
Thomas Strouse, M.D.
Medical Director, Resnick Neuropsychiatric  Hospital
Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs
UCLA DGSOM Department of Psychiatry


 

COVID-19, Racism and Public Health
Eraka Bath, M.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry
Vice-Chair for Equity, Diversity,  and Inclusion
Director, Child Forensic Services

 

Cultivating Resilience Amidst COVID-19
Katrina DeBonis, M.D.
Assistant Clinical Professor,
UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine
Director of Residency Training,
UCLA Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital



 

Addressing the Impact of COVID-19 in Los Angeles County
through the Department of Mental Health+UCLA
Public Partnership for Wellbeing

Patricia Lester, M.D.
Nathanson Family Professor of Psychiatry
Director, Division of Population Behavioral Health
Director, UCLA Nathanson Family Resilience Center
Vice Chair of Community Engagement

COVID-19, Anxiety, and Effects on Children and Families
John Piacentini, Ph.D. ABPP
Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences
Director, Center for UCLA Child Anxiety Resilience, Education, and Support (CARES)
Child OCD, Anxiety and Tic Disorders Program,
UCLA Semel Institute

 

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Program begins at 5:00 PM PDT

Registration is required for this free live private Zoom event.

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Open Mind Lecture
On Grief and Grieving

David Kessler with Rabbi Steven Leder

In this groundbreaking new work, David Kessler—an expert on grief and the coauthor with Elisabeth Kübler-Ross of the iconic On Grief and Grieving—journeys beyond the classic five stages to discover a sixth stage: meaning.



 

In 1969, Elisabeth Kübler Ross first identified the stages of dying in her transformative book On Death and Dying. Decades later, she and David Kessler wrote the classic On Grief and Grieving, introducing the stages of grief with the same transformative pragmatism and compassion. Now, based on hard-earned personal experiences, as well as knowledge and wisdom earned through decades of work with the grieving, Kessler introduces a critical sixth stage.



 

Many people look for “closure” after a loss. Kessler argues that it’s finding meaning beyond the stages of grief most of us are familiar with—denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance—that can transform grief into a more peaceful and hopeful experience.



 

In this book, Kessler gives readers a roadmap to remembering those who have died with more love than pain; he shows us how to move forward in a way that honors our loved ones. Kessler’s insight is both professional and intensely personal. His journey with grief began when, as a child, he witnessed a mass shooting at the same time his mother was dying. For most of his life, Kessler taught physicians, nurses, counselors, police, and first responders about end of life, trauma, and grief, as well as leading talks and retreats for those experiencing grief. Despite his knowledge, his life was upended by the sudden death of his twenty-one-year-old son.



 

How does the grief expert handle such a tragic loss? He knew he had to find a way through this unexpected, devastating loss, a way that would honor his son. That, ultimately, was the sixth state of grief—meaning. In Finding Meaning, Kessler shares the insights, collective wisdom, and powerful tools that will help those experiencing loss.



 

Finding Meaning is a necessary addition to grief literature and a vital guide to healing from tremendous loss. This is an inspiring, deeply intelligent must-read for anyone looking to journey away from suffering, through loss, and towards meaning. 

Rabbi Steven Leder, senior Rabbi of Wilshire Boulevard Temple and renowned author of the best-selling book, More Beautiful Than Before:  How Suffering Transforms Us, will join David Kessler in conversation following his presentation.  

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Program begins at 5:00 PM PDT

Registration is required for this free live private Zoom event.

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Open Mind Lecture
The Madwoman and the Roomba:  My Year of Domestic Mayhem

Sandra Tsing Loh

The Madwoman and the Roomba: My Year of Domestic Mayhem by author Sandra Tsing Loh is the follow up to her New York Times bestselling book, The Madwoman in The Volvo
 

In this witty new book, written prior to the coronavirus and lockdown, Sandra Tsing Loh chronicles the indignities, hilarities, and unexpected joys of life in the so-called golden years.  With deadpan wit and fearless honesty, Loh navigates the realities of what it means to be a middle-aged, “downwardly-mobile,” woman in America, living what feels like a “disorganized twenty-five-year-old’s life in a malfunctioning eighty-five-year-old’s body.”  Loh manages to capture the side-splitting humor and unexpected joys of a life that might be falling-short of youthful, starry-eyed expectations but is still rich in love, gratitude, and serendipity. While balancing the various demands of midlife work, motherhood, friendship, and romance (while also embracing her inner goddess),  Loh finds herself repeatedly marveling at the often ludicrous realities of modern American life and its #SecondWorldProblems.
 

Reading The Madwoman and the Roomba  now, while in lockdown and wearing masks,  also creates what book reviewer, Shana Nys Dambrot says is a "nostalgia for the innocent dysfunctions of the time before", our "nutty normal"  before COVID-19!

Susan Y. Bookheimer, Ph.D., Joaquin Fuster Distinguished Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience and Director, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center, UCLA School of Medicine , will join Sandra Tsing Loh in discussion. 

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Program begins at 5:00 PM PDT

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Open Mind Lecture
Modern Madness: A Owners Manual

Terri Cheney

Terri Cheney ripped the covers off her secret battle with bipolar disorder in her New York Times bestselling memoir, Manic. Now, in this "stigma-buster" and "must-read", she blends a gripping narrative with practical advice (Elyn Saks).
 
Cheney flips mental illness inside out, exposing the visceral story of the struggles, stigma, relationship dilemmas, treatments, and recovery techniques she and others have encountered. Sometimes humorous, sometimes harrowing, Modern Madness is the ultimate owner's manual on mental illness, breaking this complex subject down into readily understandable concepts like Instructions for Use, Troubleshooting, Maintenance, and Warranties.
 
Whether you have a diagnosis, love or work with someone who does, or are just trying to understand this emerging phenomenon of our times, Modern Madness is a courageous clarion call for acceptance, both personal and public. With her candid and riveting writing, Cheney delivers more than heartbreak; she promises hope.
 
Terri Cheney is the author of the New York Times bestseller Manic: A Memoir, which was translated into eight foreign languages. Terri's writings and commentary about bipolar disorder have also been featured in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Huffington Post, NPR, and countless articles and popular blogs, including her own ongoing blog for Psychology Today, which has over one million views.
 
Once a successful entertainment attorney representing the likes of Michael Jackson and Quincy Jones, Terri now devotes her advocacy skills to the cause of destigmatizing mental illness. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Saks Institute for Mental Health Law, Policy, and Ethics at USC, and the Honorary Board of Directors of the International Bipolar Foundation. She also served on the Community Advisory Board of the UCLA Mood Disorders Research Program. She currently lives in Los Angeles.
 
Michael Gitlin, M.D, Distinguished Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, Director, Adult Division of Psychiatry, Director, Mood Disorders Clinic Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA will join Terri Cheney in discussion.

Thursday, November 12, 2020

5:00 PM - 6PM PDT

Registration is required for this free live private Zoom event.

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Open Mind Lecture
Inside the Robe - A Judge's Candid Tale of Criminal Justice in America

 Judge Katherine Mader (Ret.)

Inside the Robe shines a bright spotlight into the hidden folds of the judging world. The old saw is that judges merely “follow the law.” Yet following the law can produce wildly different results depending upon each judge’s background, politics, and life experiences. Even the courthouse floor to which a case is assigned can mean the difference between prison and freedom.

From her perch behind the bench, Judge Mader witnesses a parade of drug addicts, gang members, mentally ill defendants, pricey private attorneys, jaded prosecutors, and true-believer public defenders. Never before has the judging profession been laid bare for all to see.

Judge Katherine Mader spent two decades as a judge in a criminal court, was the LAPD’s first inspector general, a prosecutor in two murder-for-hire trials, and a defense attorney who successfully argued to spare the life of the Hillside Strangler.

Jonathan Sherin, M.D., Ph.D., Director, Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health will join Judge Mader in discussion.

Elyn Saks, Ph.D, Orrin B. Evans Distinguished Professor of Law, Psychology, and Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences, USC Gould School of Law will moderate the discussion 

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Program begins at 5:00 PM PDT

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Open Mind Lecture
The Unapologetic Guide to Black Mental Health

Rheeda Walker, Ph.D.

Rheeda Walker, Ph.D's new book explore Black mental health in today's world, the forces that have undermined mental health progress for African Americans, and what needs to happen for African Americans to heal psychological distress, find community, and undo years of stigma and marginalization in order to access effective mental health care 

Gail Wyatt, Ph.D. will join Dr. Walker in discussion. Dr. Wyatt is Professor, Dept. of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences at UCLA; Director, UCLA Sexual Health Program; Director, Center for Culture, Trauma and Mental Health Disparities; Co-Director, HIV/AIDS, Substance Abuse and Trauma Training Program (HA-STTP);
Co-Director, South Africa Center for Chronic Mental Disorders
Co-Director, Bio Behavioral Approaches to Reduce Effects of Trauma on Mental and Physical Health and Cognitions

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Program begins at 5:00 PM PDT

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Open Mind Lecture
The Beauty of What Remains

Rabbi Steve Leder

From the author of the bestselling More Beautiful Than Before comes an inspiring book about loss based on his most popular sermon.

As the senior rabbi of one of the largest synagogues in the world, Steve Leder has learned over and over again the many ways death teaches us how to live and love more deeply by showing us not only what is gone but also the beauty of what remains.

This inspiring and comforting book takes us on a journey through the experience of loss that is fundamental to everyone. Yet even after having sat beside thousands of deathbeds, Steve Leder the rabbi was not fully prepared for the loss of his own father. It was only then that Steve Leder the son truly learned how loss makes life beautiful by giving it meaning and touching us with love that we had not felt before.

Enriched by Rabbi Leder's irreverence, vulnerability, and wicked sense of humor, this heartfelt narrative is filled with laughter and tears, the wisdom of millennia and modernity, and, most of all, an unfolding of the profound and simple truth that in loss we gain more than we ever imagined.

Pre-order  your copy of The Beauty of What Remains now. 

About the Author
Steve Leder is the senior rabbi of Wilshire Boulevard Temple in Los Angeles. After receiving his degree in writing and graduating cum laude from Northwestern University, and spending time studying at Trinity College, Oxford University, Leder received a master's degree in Hebrew letters in 1986 and rabbinical ordination in 1987 from Hebrew Union College. He is the author of three books: The Extraordinary Nature of Ordinary Things, More Money Than God: Living a Rich Life Without Losing Your Soul, and the bestseller More Beautiful Than Before: How Suffering Transforms Us.

Monday, January 11, 2021

Program begins at 5:00 PM PT

Registration is required for this free live private Zoom event.

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ABOUT US

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.*

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