Stigma-Free UC

Anxiety — From Boredom to Burnout

Robert Bota, Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at UC Irvine, discusses stress, anxiety and how to improve our brain health.

Finding Your Words

Yener Balan, MD, executive director of Behavioral Health for Kaiser Permanente, Northern California, discusses Kaiser’s Find Your Words campaign.

Suicide — Understanding and Eliminating Stigma

Steven Korn, M.D., medical director for behavioral health for the Anthem East Coast plans, discusses the stigma surrounding suicide and how it gets in the way of efforts to help survivors and those at risk.

Helping Doctors Stay Well: The Maintenance of Medical Faculty Wellbeing and Fitness to Practice at UC Davis

Two members of the UC Davis Health Medical Staff Wellbeing Committee — Peter Yellowlees, vice chair for faculty development and professor of psychiatry, and Margaret Rea, student wellness director — discuss the committee’s work to protect the wellbeing of medical staff and ensure high quality patient care.

The Mark of Shame: Understanding Mental Illness Stigma

Stephen Hinshaw, professor of psychology at UC Berkeley and of psychiatry at UCSF, discusses the stubborn persistence of stigma despite advancements in our understanding of, and treatment options for, mental illness.

The Neglected Addict: Understanding Stigma, Students and Recovery

Ann Cheney, assistant professor in the Department of Social Medicine, Population and Public Health at the UC Riverside School of Medicine, presents research into how stigma shapes the identities of students who are in recovery from substance abuse and plays out in their use of behavioral health services.

The Effects of Stigma on Public Health

Bruce Link, UC Riverside Distinguished Professor of Public Policy and Sociology, discusses how people with mental illnesses are harmed by the social stigma they experience — and what we can do to reduce that stigma.

What is mental health awareness and what can we do better?

Ross Szabo, wellness director at UCLA’s Geffen Academy and CEO of Human Power Project, discusses how we can improve our efforts to raise awareness of the importance of mental health.

Mass Shootings, Firearms and the Mental Health System

Amy Barnhorst, medical director of a county crisis unit and 50-bed psychiatric hospital and vice chair for Community Psychiatry at UC Davis, discussed the ways in which a focus on mass shooters as mentally ill risks both increasing stigma against people with mental illness and drawing the focus away from other groups of people at higher risk of violence.

Positive Psychology — Tools to Support Resilience, Wellbeing and Creative Achievement

Robert Bilder — director of the Mind Well pod within UCLA’s Healthy Campus Initiative, Chief of Medical Psychology-Neuropsychology at UCLA’s Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, and Director of the Tennenbaum Center for the Biology of Creativity — spoke about the potential of positive psychology to improve emotional health.

Ending Shame and Silence Surrounding Mental Illness

Stephen Hinshaw, professor of psychology at UC Berkeley and of psychiatry at UCSF, shared insights about mental health and stigma gathered both through his distinguished research career and his family history.

Financial Wellbeing

For Women of UC — Helping You Achieve Your Financial Goals

Kathy Murphy, President of Fidelity Personal Investing, spoke to over 250 attendees at the UCLA Women’s Investing Event, sharing her reflections on why it’s so important for women to be actively engaged in financial planning and investing.