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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 a 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 webinar online, go to To join by phone, dial 408-638-0968; Meeting ID: 510 987 9443.

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