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The Friends of the Semel Institute and the Resnick Board were honored to host a preview screening of the new film Junction about the opioid crisis.  Written and Directed by actor Bryan Greenberg, Junction stars Greenberg alongside Sophia Bush, Jamie Chung and Griffin Dunn among others. 

 

We were honored to have Sophia Bush join us for a post-screening discussion with Dr. Tim Fong, UCLA Professor of Psychiatry and board-certified addiction and adult psychiatrist, and Dr. Helena Hansen, Interim Director of the Semel Institute and interim chair of the Department of Psychiatry. 

 

Junction is an outstanding must-see film that sheds light on the devastating toll that the opioid crisis takes on the lives of innocent people who become addicted.  The film helps to destigmatize addiction and offers empathy for those who struggle. If you, your friends, family or colleagues were not able to join us yesterday, the film is currently available for pre-order on Apple TV and will be available on VOD everywhere this Friday.  Here is the link https://tv.apple.com/us/movie/junction/umc.cmc.64vej4k2ok5m267zxh2y47cup

 

The discussion portion of the program was recorded and will be available for viewing on our website, www.friendsofsemelinstitute.org  or on our YouTube channel soon. On our website you will also find a calendar of upcoming events, photos and videos from past programs as well as information about The Friends Research Scholar Program, the Teen Advisory Council, the Open Mind Film Festival for High School students, WOW, our fundraising event and the Gen Z Wellness Summit that will be held on February 25th at UCLA.  

 

We invite you to visit our website, www.friendsofthesemelinstitute.org for updates and new programming information. There you will find a calendar of upcoming events,  photos and videos from past programs as well as information about The Friends Research Scholar Program, the Teen Advisory Council, the GenZ Wellness Summit, the Open Mind Film Festival for High School students, and WOW, our fundraising event.

 

We deeply appreciate the support of audience members like you 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. 

 

Your commitment to supporting mental health education and research is more vital than ever before. 

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