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Dear Friends,

Thank you for participating in UCLA's Friends of the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior and the Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital Board of Advisors virtual Open Mind/#WOW program. We were honored to host this zoom event featuring Dr. Robert Bilder and Dr. Wendelin Slusser. We hope that you found their conversation on “On Being Together – Six Feet Apart: How to Stay Socially and Emotionally Connected in the Corona Virus Era” informative and helpful.

As we all adapt to these challenging times that keep us physically apart, we hope our virtual Open Mind programs can help bring us all socially together as a community to discuss mental health issues that affect over 46.6 million people every year in this country alone (and that statistic was before the coronavirus pandemic!)

On that note, we are proud to announce that our next virtual Open Mind program will be held on Thursday, June 4th at 4PM and will feature Robert Kolker, New York Times best-selling author of Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family and Oprah’s Book Club Pick! Mr. Kolker will be joined in conversation by Dr. Stephen Marder, UCLA Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences and world-renowned expert on schizophrenia. Lindsay Galvin Rauch, one of the Galvin family sisters, will also talk about what it was like to grow up in a family with siblings who had severe mental illness.

Register for this program here

We invite you to visit our website, www.friendsofthesemelinstitute.org to learn more about The Friends Open Mind programs and our Research Scholar Program that awards grants to early career scientists who are at the forefront of new discoveries about the mind and brain that will lead to new treatments for mental illnesses and disorders. We deeply appreciate the support of our audience members who make it possible for The Friends and #WOW The Wonder of Women to continue to bring renowned speakers and films about mental health issues to UCLA as a free public service to the community. If you are not a member of The Friends and would like to support our work, we hope you will consider joining us today!

Thank you again. Stay healthy and safe and we look forward to learning and growing together.

Vicky Goodman

President and Founder

Friends of the Semel Institute forNeuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA

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