Monday, January 7, 2019

Stigma-Free UC Webinar

Stigma-Free UC Presents:  Finding Your Words - Reducing Mental Health Stigma

Start 2019 with education about how to start conversations about mental health and tips on what to say and what not to say to a person experiencing depression.  Join Yener Balan, MD, a board-certified psychiatrist and the executive director of Behavorial Health for Kaiser Permanente,  Northern California. 
All UC faculty, staff and students are invited to attend the webinar, which continues the Systemwide Well-Being Intiative'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, is available on UCnet's Behavioral Health page.

  • Thursday, January 24, 11am-12pm
  • Audio: 669-900-6833
    Meeting ID: 510 987 9443
  • Questions?  Contact Maura McLoughlin, 

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Read the latest in the UC San Diego Health Employee Wellness Newsletter!

This quarter you can learn and read the following topics:

  • MindWell U Pilot
  • Maintain Don't Gain 2018 is Here!
  • Staff Highlight:  Center for Transplantation Wellness Day
  • Ask the Registered Dietitian:  Is it OK to Drink Coffee?
  • Exercise of the Fall:  Bird Dog with Blocks
  • Anti-Inflammatory Holiday Food Swaps
  • Fall Recipe:  Masala Chai Spiced Mousse

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Monday, October 22, 2018

Stigma-Free UC Webinar: Physician Well-being

In this edition of the ongoing UC Stigma-Free Initiative, two UC Davis Health physicians, Dr. Margaret Rea and Dr. Peter Yellowlees, speak around the topic of physician well-being on Thursday, November 1, 10-11am.

Further information is located on UCnet's news homepage.  This webinar will be a discussion on physician burnout and what UC is doing to prevent it.

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 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 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 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.