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Stress, Depression, and Adolescent Mental Health

Raised toward our $100,000 Goal
18 Donors
Project has ended
Project ended on December 31, at 11:59 PM PST
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Stress, Depression, and Adolescent Mental Health

Our goal for 2020 is to finish a cutting-edge research study examining how the female brain and body respond to social stress and influence risk for depression in adolescence. We are focusing on females because women are twice as likely to develop depression than men and almost 50% of adolescent girls who grow up in a household with a depressed mother experience depression by age 18. Although the study is going well, the federal agency that funded this critical study unexpectedly cut our budget by 20%, thus threatening our ability to finish the project. So, we are looking to you for help.

Our goal is to make-up the amount that was unexpectedly cut by the federal government (approx. $100,000), but a donation of any amount will help. All donations are 100% tax deductible, but more importantly, you will feel 100% amazing having contributed critical support for a much-needed study on adolescent mental health.

I have been working on this project for six years now and will do everything I can to make sure we cross the finish line. Therefore, I am personally donating the first $1,000 to make sure we can get this study done. I hope you can help as well; our understanding of how stress causes depression depends on it! 

Sincerely yours,

George M. Slavich, Ph.D.

Director, UCLA Laboratory for Stress Assessment and Research

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For all donations of $100 or more, we will send you newsletter updates describing the major scientific findings that result from the study, thus keeping you informed of the latest developments in how stress affects risk for depression and poor health.


Exclusive Online Presentation

For all donations of $1,000 or more, we will send you the newsletter updates and also invite to you a very special two-hour online presentation about the project, where you will be able to ask any questions you want about the project, the effects that stress has on the body, and/or the psychobiology of depression.


Recognizing your Generosity

For all donations of $10,000 or more, you will receive our newsletter, be invited to the special online presentation, and also be acknowledged as a donor in all of the resulting presentations and scientific publications from the study.

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