Beyoncé’s BeyGOOD Joins UCLA Campaign for Mental Health
Chancellor Block sent the following message to the UCLA campus community.
To the Campus Community:
As people across the world work to cope with unprecedented mental health challenges caused by COVID-19, UCLA is grateful to partner with Beyoncé’s BeyGOOD initiative to announce a new partnership that will provide support to all those coping with these challenges.
Today we launch STAND Together During COVID-19, a new web initiative from our Depression Grand Challenge in collaboration with BeyGOOD, that offers resources, tips and tools for managing the mental pressures we all face during this pandemic. The first of several videos that will appear on the site, featuring world-renowned UCLA psychologist Michelle Craske, offers a powerful message of hope and important perspective on coping.
The mental health burden being placed on essential workers during this time is especially high, particularly in major cities like Los Angeles where African Americans and other underrepresented groups comprise a disproportionate number of workers in these occupations. UCLA shares BeyGOOD’s goal of providing the services they need through this website, which will expand to create more information and resources in the months ahead.
UCLA launched our Depression Grand Challenge in 2015, bringing together 100 researchers from more than 25 academic departments with the goal of cutting the burden of depression in half by 2050. Since then, we have offered mental health screenings to all incoming UCLA students through our Screening & Treatment for Anxiety and Depression (STAND) program.
Now, with the help of Beyoncé and BeyGOOD, we can share it with all who need help through our website, which opens up access to the most up-to-date health information and cutting-edge cognitive behavioral approaches.
This is such an exciting partnership, combining UCLA’s knowledge and research on this issue with the power and reach of Beyoncé’s BeyGOOD initiative, which shares our mission of serving our community. Together, we will make a difference and help lift communities here in Los Angeles and far beyond, thanks to this important and impactful collaboration.