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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 honored to host this important event on autism featuring Simon Baron-Cohen, author of The Pattern Seekers and Dr. Daniel Geschwind. We hope you found the program meaningful, informative, and inspiring. 


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

We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday, April 27 5PM PDT for our next Open Mind film screening and discussion of the new MTV Documentary film Each and Every Day from Peabody Award-winning filmmaker, Alexandra Shiva. This ground-breaking documentary about teen suicide and mental health was made in partnership with the  JED Foundation  and Emmy-award winner, Sheila Nevins, served as Executive Producer. The film profiles nine young people who have attempted suicide or had suicidal ideations as they share their experiences and the ways they have sought help. A panel discussion will follow the screening. Participants include: Alexandra Shiva, filmmaker;  Joan Asarnow, Ph.D., Professor of Psychiatry at UCLA and Director of the Youth Stress and Mood Program and Director of the SAMHSA-funded Center for Trauma Informed Suicide and Self-Harm Treatment and Prevention; Sheila Nevins, Executive Producer, and Victor Schwartz, M.D., former Medical Director of the JED Foundation and advisor to the film. 

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 6th 5PM PDT - Inaugural Open Mind Film Festival for High School Students for Mental Health

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.

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