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Dear Friends,

Thank you for participating in UCLA's Friends of the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior and the Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital Board of Advisors virtual Open Mind/#WOW program.  We were pleased to host this zoom screening and discussion of the new MTV documentary film, Each and Every Day.  We hope that you found the discussion with our distinguished panel of experts helpful and meaningful.


If your friends, family or colleagues were not able to join us yesterday, they can view the program on our YouTube channel.

Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services:  www.DidiHirsch.org  Jed  Foundation - www.jedfoundation.org Teen Line- www.teenlineonline.org NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness)  - www.nami.org SAMHSA - www.samhsa.gov 

We look forward to seeing you on Thursday, May 6th 5PM PT for our inaugural Open Mind Film Festival for Mental Health. You will meet the nine talented high school students whose films were chosen from scores of submissions from all over the country. Their short films, depicting their unique and very personal perspectives on mental health, will be screened. The festival will be hosted by AJ Mendez, renowned author, retired WWE champion, mental health advocate, and Friends of Semel Board Member.  Following the screenings, Yalda T. Uhis, Ph.D. , Founder of the UCLA Center for Scholars and Storytellers, will lead a discussion with several of the talented filmmakers. Awards will be presented by Robert Bilder, Ph.D., Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology at the Semel Institute and Tennebaum Professor of the Biology of Creativity. The films were judged by a UCLA Semel Institute Professor, a UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television Professor, and an independent documentary filmmaker. 

You can register for this event here.


We invite you to visit our website, friendsofthesemelinstitute.org to see the full calendar of upcoming Open Mind/#WOW programs.  A few important dates to add to your calendar:  

May 13th 5PM PDT - #WOW2021 - Whole Health Includes Mental Health Fundraising event hosted by Lisa Kudrow with preeminent UCLA scientists and Dolly Parton, Ava Duvernay, Mindy Kaling, Landon Donovan, and Dan Wakeford with People Magazine, our media partner.  

We deeply appreciate the support of our audience members who make it possible for us to continue to bring renowned speakers and films about mental health issues as a free public service to the community. If you are able, we hope you will support us as generously as you can. Your contribution will be 100% tax deductible.