Having a discussion on depression can be challenging – knowing when and how to approach this topic can be a struggle. Kaiser Permanente’s Find Your Words initiative is designed to end the stigma that keeps people silent about mental health, encouraging all of us to talk about mental health without fear and judgment, ask for help if we need it, and help others get the support they need.

Join us on Thursday, Jan. 24 at 11 a.m., to hear Yener Balan, MD, executive director of Behavioral Health for Kaiser Permanente, Northern California, present a webinar about Find Your Words. During our discussion, Balan will explain the importance of starting conversations about mental health and share tips about what to say and what not to say to someone experiencing depression.

All UC faculty, staff and students are invited to attend the webinar, which continues the Systemwide WellBeing Initiative’s “Stigma-Free UC” effort to raise awareness about mental health issues and reduce barriers to treatment. More information about UC’s behavioral health benefits, including free services through faculty and staff assistance programs, is available on UCnet’s behavioral health page.

The live webinar will be held on Thursday, Jan. 24 from 11 a.m. to noon. Simply go to UCOP.zoom.us/j/5109879443. To listen by phone, dial 669-900-6833; meeting ID: 510 987 9443.