Support mental health education and research from The Friends of the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA!

The Friends of the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA hope that you and your family are staying safe and well during this challenging time.

America’s mental health crisis originated long before the COVID-19 pandemic did, but a year and half of loss, stress, isolation and lack of access to treatment has only increased the number of American’s struggling with their mental health. The National Institute for Mental Health (NIMH) reported that the number of American’s experiencing a mental health disorder has tripled, with millions more now suffering from anxiety, depression and substance abuse disorders. One of the most alarming statistics is that 1 in 4 young people, between the ages of 18 through 24, now report having suicidal thoughts.

With your generous philanthropy, we can continue to meet the needs of this crisis by:
Presenting the Open Mind Community Lecture and Film series, free to the public, to raise awareness and erase the stigma of illnesses of the mind and brain.Supporting early career neuroscientists through our Friends Research Scholar Program, and our newly established Friends of The Semel Institute Chair for junior facultyEngaging Los Angeles County high school students through our newly launched Open Mind Film Festival for mental health. To continue our commitment to support mental health education and research, we need your help! If you haven’t already done so, please consider making your 100% tax-deductible donation today.
You may also contact Wendy Kelman at 310-825-3119 or

In closing, we remain grateful for all the support you have provided our organization. We wish you and your family a safe and healthy New Year.