March 16

Open Mind Program Getting Thru. UCLA Friends of the Semel Institute

Of Sound Mind

Wednesday, March 30 5:00 - 6:00 PM
Registration is required for this free live private Zoom
Please join The Friends of the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA and the Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital Board of Advisors for an Open Mindprogram with Andrea Sonnenberg, producer and creator of the podcast Getting Thru: Stories of Resilience.   After the tragic loss of her son Bradley, who suffered from depression and anxiety, Ms. Sonnenberg created Getting Thru to share stories of young people’s resilience despite mental health challenges. We will meet some of the remarkable young people who have participated in the podcast: Meyli Chapin, Jenny De Los Santos, Mike Frasier, Kevin Nahai, and hear their inspiring personal stories.  Andrea Sonnenberg is an attorney and non-profit leader, and mental health advocate. She works to educate, increase awareness, and influence policy and decision makers through public speaking and open conversation. She and her husband have created the Bradley Sonnenberg Wellness Initiative at USC Hillel which offers individual professional counseling, peer-to-peer support and wellness programming, along with the creation of a mental health curriculum for replication on college campuses across the country. Anna Lau, PhD, Professor, UCLA Department of Psychology and Associate Dean for Inclusive Excellence, will participate in the panel discussion. Dr. Lau is an expert in the field of cultural issues in mental health and therapy, particularly in the area of mental health care for immigrant families. She has published extensively on the ways in which culture and parent-child relationship problems impact children’s mental health needs and their response to therapy. She also studies the ways in which evidence-based treatments for youth and families can be most effectively implemented in culturally diverse communities. Rabbi Sherre Hirsch, who currently serves as the Chief Innovation Officer for American Jewish University and is a Friends of Semel Advisory Board Member, will moderate the discussion. Prior to AJU, Rabbi Hirsch served as Hillel International’s Senior Rabbinic Scholar. In her role as the spiritual leader for wellness and spirituality on 550 campuses worldwide, she focused on developing a culture for students to become healthy, self-actualized and inspired to give back to the Jewish world. She has published two books with Random House – We Plan, God Laughs: What to Do When Life Hits You Over the Head, an Amazon top 100 in all books, and Thresholds: How to Thrive Through Life’s Transitions to Live Fearlessly and Regret-Free – a Vanity Fair “Best Type.” To watch videos of our past Open Mind programs, please visit or our YouTube Channel.