All of Us: A Campaign to Rethink Mental Health

submission by Brisingr

About Your Application

Organization(s) name(s):

USAC Office of the President and USAC Student Wellness Commission at UCLA

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Describe Your Organization(s)

Non-profit organization

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In one sentence, please describe what your organization does.


The Office of the President and the Student Wellness Commission represent the interests and advocate for the UCLA student body, for issues ranging from tuition to healthcare.

In one to three sentences, please describe your proposal.


Conducting a much-needed conference to educate LA about mental health, advocate for expansion of mental health services, and spread awareness to pave the way for enacting legislative change to support individuals dealing with mental health issues.
A series of small projects to change the perception of mental health issues, and to expand the scope of our campaign will precede the conference.

Where will you be working? Please be specific (e.g. Third Street Middle School; Boyle Heights; LA County).

Central LA

East LA

San Gabriel Valley

San Fernando Valley

South LA


South Bay

Antelope Valley

County of Los Angeles (countywide)

City of Los Angeles (citywide)


Other (please specify below):

How do you plan to use these resources to make change? (check all that apply)

Conduct research

Engage residents and stakeholders

Implement a pilot or new project

Expand a pilot or program

Mobilize for systems change

Advocate with policymakers and leaders

Implement and track policy

Other (please specify below):

How will your proposal improve the following “Live” metrics? (check all that apply)

Access to healthy food

Healthcare access

Exposure to air toxins

Number of households below the self-sufficiency index

Percent of imported water

Obesity rates

Housing affordability

Rates of homelessness

Walk/bike/transit score

Acres and miles of polluted waterways

Rates of mental illness

Prevalence of adverse childhood experiences (Dream Metric)

Percentage of LA communities that are resilient (Dream Metric)

Percentage of residents receiving coordinated healthcare services (Dream Metric)

Percentage of tree canopy cover (Dream Metric)

Describe in greater detail how you will make LA the healthiest place to live.


The word ‘health’ comprises various components of well-being—a major one being psychological well-being. For LA to be the healthiest place to live, its residents must have healthy minds. We believe that barriers to achieving optimal mental health in LA include stigma, discrimination, a lack of resources and legislative failure, which are largely perpetuated by indifference and ignorance. All of Us seeks to use dialogue to encourage the community to prioritize mental health and understand its entwined relationship with physical well-being.
The Conference organized by All of Us will attempt to attack the stigma surrounding mental health and educate individuals about the resources available to combat mental health issues by hosting workshops, providing opportunities to interact with representatives of mental health resources and inspirational keynote speakers, and offering a platform to voice one’s opinions and challenge one’s own beliefs. We hope to empower individuals from diverse educational, private and religious institutions to support their family and friends in dealing with mental health problems, and wish to see the effects suffuse into the society.
Mental health issues and psychological disorders are often characterized by biological underpinnings as well as physical and social manifestations that people are generally unaware of. More importantly, there is a distinguishable discrepancy between the clinical and social realities of mental illnesses, resulting in a multitude of myths, false beliefs and preconceived notions. All of Us aims to bridge this gap via education, advocacy and awareness, and therefore, to an extent, break the stigma.
Mental health is a complex, neglected and scorned issue.The objective of All of Us Conference is to address this multifaceted issue through participating minds that are willing and progressive. Sustaining a city of mentally healthy citizens requires a concerted citywide effort that our campaign seeks to promote and accomplish.

Please explain how you will evaluate your work.


We will determine the success of our project through the community’s increase in contact with mental health representatives introduced at the Conference. We will also analyze available usage data from counseling and psychological service centers to determine an increase in utilization of counseling and psychological services. This, coupled with an increase in traffic on our website, should help us evaluate the success of our Conference to a large extent.

How can the LA2050 community and other stakeholders help your proposal succeed? (check all that apply)

Money (financial capital)

Volunteers/staff (human capital)

Publicity/awareness (social capital)

Infrastructure (building/space/vehicles, etc.)


Technical infrastructure (computers, etc.)

Community outreach

Network/relationship support

Quality improvement research

Other (please specify below):

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Tuesday, September 08, 2015

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Tuesday, October 06, 2015
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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

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Tuesday, December 08, 2015