Thursday, September 29
5:00pm - 6:15PM PT
Registration is required for this free live private Zoom event.
Please join UCLA’s Friends of the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior and the Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital Board of Advisors for an Open Mind program Just Like You about teen mental health.
We are losing too many of our children, friends and family living with anxiety disorders and depression to death by suicide. In the new documentary film Just Like You, by award-winning filmmaker Jen Greenstreet, ten brave kids, two Emmy award-winning journalists, one determined parent, and one Columbia University clinical psychologist take on the challenges, fear and stigma plaguing the mental health community and especially today’s youth. Just Like You immerses us in the lives of these young people who live with anxiety disorders and depression, and through their lens, we learn how they manage challenging and even life-threatening conditions. We also learn how we can support loved ones who live with mental illness and prevent death by suicide.
After viewing clips from the film, we will have a discussion featuring:
Jen Greenstreet, Founder/CEO of Just Like You Films, executive producer and a board member at Just Like You Films. Jen served as a Prosecuting Attorney in Jackson County Missouri for 8 years, litigating 520 felony cases and representing the state in 46 jury trials. She taught criminal law at William Jewell College. After her legal career, Jen took her passion for advocating and storytelling from the courtroom to the big screen. Jen writes, directs, edits and produces the documentary Just Like You Film series. She has produced, written and/or directed 22 short films and four feature length films. She is an 11-time Mid-American Emmy nominee and 2-time Mid-American Emmy award recipient. Jen recently was honored with the 2018 Kindest Kansas Citian Award and 2019 City Year Kansas City Idealist of Year Award.
Ryan Lefebvre is the star of Just Like You. Ryan is best known as play-by-play announcer for Major League Baseball's Kansas City Royals since 1999. He also broadcast TV and radio for the Minnesota Twins from 1995 to 1998 after his baseball career at the University of Minnesota. In 2009, Ryan shared his life with anxiety and depression in his book titled, The Shame of Me: One Man's Journey to Depression and Back. He lives in Greenwood, MO with his wife, Sarah, and children, Micah, Evan, Lucas, and Callie.
Dr. Artha Gillis is a Health Sciences Assistant Clinical Professor in Psychiatry at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine. She is triple board certified in Adult Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and Forensic Psychiatry. She obtained specialized knowledge and clinical training in adolescent mood disorders as a Max Gray fellow and in intellectual disability as an Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) Diversity fellow. She specializes in evaluating and treating children who have been sexually traumatized and in identifying mental, intellectual/learning, and developmental disabilities in justice-involved youth. She studies developmental cascades after early life adversity, using methods such as machine learning and functional neuroimaging.
AJ Mendez is The New York Times Bestselling author of Crazy Is My Superpower, a memoir chronicling her journey from childhood homelessness to empowered WWE champion will host the event. She is the co-founder of Scrappy Heart Productions and co-writer of Netflix’s upcoming film Blade of the 47 Ronin and Friends of Semel board member.