STAND with the Depression Grand Challenge
For students attending UCLA, the #1 public institution in the world, balancing the demands of academic and extra-curricular responsibilities along with self-care can be especially challenging. With the numerous changes and pressures, many UCLA students struggle with depression, anxiety, and in extreme cases, thoughts of suicide. There is a vast need to address these issues, and the UCLA Depression Grand Challenge (DGC) is already on the front lines.
In September 2017, UCLA launched the Student Mental Health Screening Initiative. In September 2018, this initiative was rebranded as the Screening and Treatment for Anxiety and Depression (STAND) Program for all students, pledging a commitment to provide treatment for Bruins who were found to be suffering from or at-risk for depression, anxiety, or suicide - all at no cost to the student.
Private philanthropy has made a measurable effect on the lives of those struggling with mental health. Early detection and diagnosis is key; that is where you come in. Your gift can make a difference – even save lives – by providing more Bruins with the opportunity to receive immediate access to resources and treatments through the STAND Program.
Donations to the STAND program will continue to have direct impact on one student at a time. To date, 4,986 students have registered for the online screening for depression and anxiety through STAND's Mental Health Tracker, which they can access privately on their time, in any location. Of those, almost 800 have enrolled in treatment, either online or in person. One hundred and seventy-three students were identified for suicide risk, and 217 severe depression risks were addressed. Each student received continued risk assessment and treatment from the DGC clinical team. That is relief in real-time that otherwise would not be accessible to UCLA students.
When you give to the DGC STAND Program, you not only support innovative treatments, but also the development of these tools which allow those struggling to come forward and gain access to the treatments they need before it's too late. Your gifts can support:
development of software/screening/monitoring technology
training of STAND peer counselors
creation of resources for UCLA to share with other universities
Depression is the world’s greatest health problem and one of the biggest challenges of global health in the 21st century. Very few individuals are untouched by depression. With your support, UCLA will continue to shine a light in the darkest of places and create hope for a brighter tomorrow.
To learn more about the STAND Program, click here.
MORE ABOUT THE DEPRESSION GRAND CHALLENGE
The UCLA Depression Grand Challenge (DGC) aims to cut the burden of depression – which affects 300 million people worldwide – in half by 2050 and eliminate it by the end of the century. This ambitious endeavor requires an unprecedented collaborative effort, one for which UCLA is perfectly suited.
The DGC leverages the interdisciplinary expertise of 25 departments and more than 100 faculty members, technological innovation, community partners and some of the most renowned mental health researchers in the world. UCLA comes at the issue from all angles with four main components guiding the process:
Discovery Neuroscience: understanding how depression arises by integrating basic brain science, genetics, and clinical research
100K-Person Study: discovering the genetic and environmental factors that cause depression
Innovative Treatment Network: developing and delivering state-of-the-art, evidence based treatment
Awareness & Hope: using research to understand and eliminate the stigma associated with depression
We must work together to bring depression out of the dark. People who suffer cannot get help if they don’t seek it, and many don’t. The DGC is out to change that. To learn more, please visit grandchallenges.ucla.edu/depression.
Meeting this immense challenge requires people to demonstrate generosity of spirit—a willingness to contribute in any way they can. The DGC needs partners who see the value of offering hope and healing to those who need it, people who will think grand and lend a hand in an unprecedented effort to make a major positive breakthrough for humanity.
NEWS FROM THE DEPRESSION GRAND CHALLENGE