Thank you for your patience and ongoing support of UCLA. We are pleased to announce that the TEDxUCLA Salon: Tackling Depression has been rescheduled.
Tuesday, January 8, 2019 

TEDxUCLA Salon : Tackling Depression 

Understanding, preventing, and treating the world's
greatest health problem.

Surprise Musical Guest

8:00 a.m. General Registration

8:30–11:00 a.m. General Program

8:00 a.m. Adventure Sessions Registration
8:00–8:20 a.m. Adventure Sessions

Dr. S. Jerome and Judith D. Tamkin Auditorium
Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center
757 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90095


Addressing the challenge of our century - Nelson Freimer, M.D.

How do we find the answers to depression?  - Jonathan Flint, M.D.

Hope through the treatment of depression  - Michelle G. Craske, Ph.D.

Depression in our most vulnerable citizens  - Jeanne Miranda, Ph.D.

Personal Stories and Insights

Talinda Bennington
If love was enough: Why taking care of your mental health is just as important as taking care of your physical health

Laurie D. Gordon 

Turning your pain into purpose

Clara Nguyen

What is resilience?

Adventure Sessions:
There will be two 15-minute interactive adventure sessions prior to the presentations
(separate ticket required).

Virtual Reality(SOLD OUT)
Experience virtual reality and how it can be used to treat anhedonic symptoms in individuals with elevated levels of stress, anxiety, or depression. Anhedonia—inability to feel pleasure and loss of desire to experience pleasurable activities—is a common and debilitating symptom of anxiety and depression. Clinicians have had success in treating anhedonia by encouraging patients to envision rewarding events and recounting them step-by-step. In severe cases, however, people might not be able to access positive experiences; and the cost of such behavioral therapy might be too high for some. The UCLA Anxiety and Depression Research Center, with help from the Depression Grand Challenge, has selected several positive virtual reality experiences and combined them with guided mindful recall in order to “train” patients to identify and seek positive experiences in their day-to-day lives. 

Mindful Awareness - Guided Meditation 
The UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center (MARC) will lead a guided meditation based on mindful awareness, which is defined as paying attention to present moment experiences with openness, curiosity, and willingness. Significant research has shown that mindfulness can help with difficult mental states, such as anxiety and depression; foster well-being; diminish emotional reactivity; and thicken the brain in the areas responsible for decision making, emotional flexibility, and empathy.

General Admission: $50
UCLA Students, Staff, and Faculty: $35
Adventure Session: $10

Note: This is not a tax-deductible donation.

CEU and CME credits are not available for this event.

For more information, please contact
Jillian Flannery or (310) 267-5573

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General admission $50 each ($0 Tax deductible)
UCLA Students, Staff and Faculty - $35 each ($0 Tax deductible)
Adventure Session-Mindful Awareness - Guided Meditatio - $10 ($0 Tax deductible)
Virtual Reality Adventure Session is SOLD OUT

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