As we continue to confront the youth mental health crisis in this country, The Friends of Semel is proud to have created new meaningful and relevant programs to address this growing societal concern.
The Teen Advisory Council (TAC) - 45 highly motivated and passionate high school students from public and independent schools throughout Los Angeles interested in mental health, well-being, and neuroscience. Activities have included:
“By Teens for Teens” Open Mind program: A screening of the documentary film, Anxious Nation, followed by a panel discussion about teen anxiety curated by and featuring TAC members
Meet the Scientists: A day of visits to labs of preeminent Semel Institute scientists, followed by lunch and informal conversations with faculty
Mental Health Networking: An evening presented by the UCLA Student Active Minds chapter, with professionals sharing information about careers in mental health and related disciplines.
Gen Z Wellness Summit: To be held on Sunday, February 25, at UCLA, free to high school and college students, featuring discussions about the unique mental health challenges of today’s youth. Gen Z spoken word artists and musicians passionate about mental health will perform.
The Open Mind Film Festival for High School Students: Students from throughout the country submit short original films about their unique and personal mental health challenges. In 2023, 130 films were submitted with nine top films chosen by a panel of judges and screened at the festival. Now in its fourth year, the 2024 festival will be presented in person on April 21 at UCLA and also live-streamed.
With your generous philanthropy, in addition to our new youth-focused programs, we will continue to:
Present the Open Mind Community Lecture and Film Series, virtually bringing together world-renowned thought leaders in science and culture forfree relevant and informative programs about mental health issues that now attract national and even international audiences.
Support research through our Friends Research Scholar Programthat awards yearly grants to early-career neuroscientists and psychiatrists who are at the forefront of new discoveries about the mind and brain in sickness and in health.
You may also contact Wendy Kelman at 310-825-3119
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