Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Stigma Free UC: The Effects of Stigma on Public Health



Please join on Tuesday, June 19, for our fifth Stigma-Free UC webinar, featuring Bruce Link, UC Riverside Distinguished Professor of Public Policy and Sociology. Link will discuss how people with mental illnesses are harmed by the social stigma they experience – and what we can do to reduce that stigma.
In addition to his research on the consequences of mental illness stigma, Link is working to understand health disparities by race/ethnicity and socioeconomic status and the connection between mental illnesses and violent behaviors. Professor Emeritus of Epidemiology and Sociomedical Sciences at the Mailman School of Public Health of Columbia University, Link is the recipient of the Leonard Pearlin Award for career achievement from the Mental Health Section of the American Sociological Association.
All UC faculty, staff and students are invited to attend this webinar, sponsored by the Systemwide WellBeing Initiative, on Tuesday, June 19, from 1 to 2 p.m. To view the webinar online, go to UCOP.zoom.us/j/5109879443. To join by phone, dial 408-638-0968; Meeting ID: 510 987 9443.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

UC Walks: May 16, 2018



It's the ninth annual UC Systemwide Wellbeing event.  Please join us on Wednesday, May 16, from 11:30am-1pm to play in the sun with a walk, food samples and resource fair.  There are two locations for UC San Diego Health employees this year!  Here are the details and link to registration: 

Wednesday, May 16, 2018
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
UC San Diego Health Hillcrest:  Biomedical Library Courtyard
UC San Diego Health La Jolla:  Jacobs Medical Center

Online registration is here.  You may also register at the event.  Join us for a group walk at 11:45 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. at Hillcrest and 12pm at Jacobs!  
 Hillcrest Medical Center wellness resource fair participants include: 
  • UCSD Health HR Benefits
  • Free chair massage from UCSD FitLife
  • Food samples from UCSD Health Dietetics Internship and The Weight Management Programs 
  • Ask the Registered Dietitian
  • Stretches on the course with the "Get Up Tritons" coaches
  • The UCSD Mindfulness Institute 
  • 24 Hour Fitness
UC Walks La Jolla Medical Center:  If this location is more convenient for you registration is here
  • One walk offered at 12pm starting at the grass between Jacobs Medical Center and ECOB (led by UCSD Health Wellness Ambassadors!).  
  • Free chair massage from UCSD Recreation
  • Food samples and Ask the Registered Dietitian from the UCSD Health Dietetic interns.
Are you offsite and unable to attend one of the events?  Create your own UC Walks with colleagues at your work site.  Just send Brenna Joyce, UC San Diego Health Employee Wellness Coordinator, an email to bjoyce@ucsd.edu to let her know you plan to participate and please, send a group photo of your event!



Stigma Free UC Webinar: What is Mental Health Awareness and What Can We Do Better?


In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, the fourth installment of the Stigma-Free UC series will feature a discussion on Wednesday, May 23 by award-winning speaker and author Ross Szabo about how we can improve our efforts to raise awareness.
Szabo turned his personal experience, a diagnosis of bipolar disorder, into an opportunity to educate others. Szabo is the wellness director at UCLA’s Geffen Academy and the CEO of Human Power Project, a company that designs mental health curriculum in use by over 200,000 students in public and private school districts, colleges and universities, including UC Irvine. The curriculum received the Excellence in Education Award from the Association of Fraternity and Sorority Advisors.

Szabo is also co-author of “Behind Happy Faces; Taking Charge of Your Mental Health” and a blogger for The Huffington Post. His efforts in the mental health field have been recognized with the 2010 Didi Hirsch Removing the Stigma Leadership Award, 2012 Changing Minds Award and an entry into the Congressional Record by Congressman Patrick Kennedy.

All UC faculty, staff and students are invited to attend this webinar, sponsored by the Systemwide WellBeing Initiative, on Wednesday, May 23, from 11-11:30 a.m. To view the slideshow online, go to UCOP.zoom.us/j/5109879443. To join by phone, dial 408-638-0968; Meeting ID: 510 987 9443.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Stigma Free UC Presents: Mass Shootings and the Mental Health System

After mass shootings, there is often public discussion about the relationship between mental illness and violence, and outcry that the mental health system does not do more to stop these events.  On Tuesday, April 24, Amy Barnhorst, the medical director of a county crisis unit will discuss the ways in which this response risks both increasing stigma against people with mental illness and drawing the focus away from other groups of people at higher risk of violence.

All UC faculty, staff and students are invited to attend this webinar, sponsored by the Systemwide WellBeing Initiative, on Tuesday, April 24, from 1-2pm.  To view the slideshow online, click here.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Take a Walk!


Did You Know?
Walking is one of the easiest and most convenient forms of physical activity out there. And it really pays to walk as much as you can. Walking reaps fantastic (and perhaps surprising) benefits. For example, research from the University of Exeter found that a short 15-minute walk reduced cravings for chocolate and other sugary snacks. Walking may also enhance your immune system. A 15 to 20 minute walk can trigger antibodies and white blood cells to move through your body faster, which can enable your body to detect illnesses sooner; plus, an increase in circulation may also trigger the release of hormones that “warn” immune cells of intruding pathogens.

Be Well-Inspired
One great thing about walking is that you can get up and walk almost anywhere, at any time. Indeed, even if you’re tied to a desk all day, you can get up and take a few strolls in the hallway—any steps you take count!  Remember that even just a little bit of walking may also help you from giving in to unhealthy choices and habits. So, the next time you want to raid the cookie jar, try taking a quick walk before you give in to the craving. Perhaps you’ll find that you were just bored and/or stressed and some fresh air and movement was all you truly needed.
Source: Hwajung Oh, Adrian H. Taylor. Brisk walking reduces ad libitum snacking in regular chocolate eaters during a workplace simulation. Appetite,, 2011; DOI: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22100187



Friday, March 16, 2018

Get Wellness Information on the UC Wellbeing Channel!

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Stigma-Free UC Presents: Positive Psychology Webinar March 20

Positive psychology, with its focus on what makes human beings flourish, offers practical tools for supporting resilience and wellbeing. Robert Bilder, director of the Mind Well pod within UCLA’s Healthy Campus Initiative, will discuss the potential of positive psychology to improve emotional health in the second installment of the Systemwide WellBeing Initiative’s "Stigma-Free UC" effort, on Tuesday, March 20 at 2 p.m.

All UC faculty, staff and students are invited to attend the webinar, which will be held on Tuesday, March 20, from 2-3 p.m. To view the webinar, click below.



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