Mind Well
Promoting wellness of mind, brain and spirit, fostering creativity, and enhancing social connectedness throughout the UCLA community.

More About Mind Well

The Mind Well program brings together and shares information about psychological, subjective and spiritual well-being, helping our community engage in experiences to promote fulfillment, creativity, personal relationships, and community engagement.

Mind Well Leadership 

Dr. Robert Bilder, PhD

Dr. Robert Bilder is a Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology at UCLA’s Semel Institute for Neuroscience & Human Behavior, where he holds the Tennenbaum Family Endowed Chair in Creativity Research and is Chief of the Division of Medical Psychology – Neuropsychology in the Geffen School of Medicine and the Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital. Dr. Bilder has a long career researching links between brain and behavior, and directs UCLA’s Tennenbaum Center for the Biology of Creativity.

Ariana Ricarte, MindWell Coordinator

Ariana graduated from UCLA in 2015 with a degree in Sociology and minor in Civic Engagement.  She was a program assistant for UCLArts and Healing, where she helped support healing arts initiatives in the Los Angeles region.  In 2014, she was the programming co-coordinator for the Annual Student Conference for Integrative Medicine titled "Science and Art of Whole-Person Healing for the 21st Century."  She was also the student group director for the Creative Minds Project at UCLA, a program which aims to transform lives by integrating the socio-emotional benefits for the arts with mental health practices at local homelessness agencies.  While completing the Civic Engagement minor, Ariana interned in the Healthcare and Guardianship programs at the Alliance for Children's Rights.  For her senior capstone research project, she evaluated LA County caregivers' satisfaction with obtaining mental health services for the child in their care.  She hopes to eventually earn a Master's degree in Social Welfare and become a licensed mental health practitioner. 

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Fri, Jun 3, 2016 AT 5:00 pm

Students and community members hold up LED lights at vigil for Professor William Klug. Image from UCLA Newsroom 

What can we do to heal from the events at UCLA on June 1? Our student body and facultyare already stretching themselves thin as we close out the final days of the Spring term and head into finals week. Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Waugh, and Chancellor Block have publicized the availability of help for students at Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS; 310-825-0768), and for staff and faculty at the Staff and Faculty Counseling Center (SFCC; 310-794-0245), and campus healing spaces have been organized.

A vigil organized by the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science thatis open to campus and community will take place at 4 p.m. today in the UCLA Court of Sciences. We will post notices of upcoming special events related to this crisis on the Healthy Campus Initiative website as these become known. You may also review many other resources to support resilience and emotional well-being (healthy.ucla.edu/pod/mindwell). 

Moving forward as a community, we need to recognize first that each of us experienced theevents differently, and we should expect a range of responses. Many on campus and in thesurrounding areas may have felt threatened, and those off campus watching the events unfold were alarmed. Not everyone will experience traumatic psychological responses, although many will. It is very important to know that there is no “right way” to cope. Some mayexperience distress in the immediate aftermath that can abate relatively quickly, while othersexperience symptoms that persist over time. These responses do not necessarily correlatewith how close you were to the event or how many people you knew who were there. Trauma exposure can impact our functioning, leading to thoughts and uncomfortable feelings that maynot go away immediately. 

Some may find it helpful to express emotions. Talking about one’s fear, distress, and associated physical symptoms, may be healing. We can help one another by reaching out and offering support, and we can help ourselves by actively seeking connections to our friends and families. Listen to others without judgement and spend time with close others. We should anticipate that some members of our community will need more help, and help is available. 

If you or someone you know needs it, please do whatever you can to learn about the effects of trauma and how we can guide others to take advantage of the resources (For students: http://www.studentincrisis.ucla.edu; For staff and faculty: https://www.chr.ucla.edu/behavioral-intervention-team).

We hope to move forward in closer empathic connection to one another, and invite you to share your ideas to help us enhance resilience (Email us at MindWell@ucla.edu). Through shared action, we can build a future where such tragedies become less common. 

Robert M Bilder, Tennenbaum Professor of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences and Psychology, David Geffen School of Medicine and College of Letters & Science at UCLA. On behalf of the Mind Well pod, UCLA Healthy Campus Initiative

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