Faculty Member: Dr. Roya Ijadi-Maghsoodi discusses community resilience in Psycology Today Article

Faculty member, Dr. Roya Ijadi-Maghsoodi, describes how LA County responded and adapted to support the mental health of community members amidst the COVID-19 in a recent interview for Psychology Today. She also shares her tips and insights for cultivating resilience in our communities and with those we care for.   


Dr. Roya Ijadi-Maghsoodi inducted as faculty into the Gold Humanism Honor Society

Dr. Roya Ijadi-Maghsoodi, a faculty member of the UCLA Division of Population Behavioral Health and UCLA+DMH Prevention Center of Excellence, was inducted as faculty into the Gold Humanism Honor Society of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA Chapter. 

The Gold Humanism Honor Society recognizes medical students, physicians, and other leaders who have outstanding clinical and interpersonal skills and serve as role models of the human connection in healthcare. Congratulations Dr. Ijadi-Maghsoodi!

Laura McMullin, PhD shares considerations for parents and teachers with UCLA Health

Dr. Laura McMullin, clinical curriculum developer with the Center of Excellence, shares her expertise in a recent UCLA Health interview.  The article, focusing on how children may be feeling as they return to school online, highlights the importance of parents and teachers managing their own stress as a way to support children and students. 

Read the full article from UCLA Health

LACOE and DMH experts discuss considerations for reopening Los Angeles schools in a new video series for educators

The DMH-UCLA Prevention Center of Excellence is pleased to partner with LA County Office of Education (LACOE) on a series of video interviews focused on preparing for the upcoming school year. In this series, Educators Overcoming Under Stress: Preparing to Reopen, experts from the Los Angeles County Office of Education and the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health discuss considerations for the reopening process for Los Angeles schools, strategies for easing the uncertainty of students, parents/caregivers and educators, and guidance for supporting more resilient and race-conscious environments.

Watch the full series on reopening schools and access additional videos and resources for educators on the Wellbeing4LA Learning Center.

UCLA’s Dr. Norweeta Milburn advocates for evidence-based assistance for homeless individuals during the pandemic

A recent article by the American Psychological Association discusses the actions psychologists nationwide are taking to address mental health related concerns exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. As psychologists work to increase access to mental health care for vulnerable populations, community psychologist and co-director of the UCLA HIV/AIDS, Substance Abuse, and Trauma Training Program (HA-STTP), Norweeta Milburn, PhD, advocates for “housing first” to assist homeless individuals and their families. The housing first approach prioritizes housing placements before mental health treatment .

Read the full article.

Educators Overcoming Under Stress: A New Series Designed for Educators During COVID-19

The DMH-UCLA Prevention Center of Excellence presents Educators Overcoming Under Stress. This new series designed for educators features quick video interviews with experts and educators about resilience, workplace wellbeing, student engagement, and other topics in the time of COVID-19. Experts interviewed in the series include: Pamela Vona, MPH, MA, Director of the Center for Safe and Resilience Schools and Workplaces; Laura McMullin, PhD, an educator for over 20 years; Tyrone Howard, PhD, Pritzker Family Endowed Chair in Education to Strengthen Families; and Melissa Spiegelman, MAEd.

Episodes and free printable resources from this series are available in the Wellbeing4LA Learning Center.

DMH-UCLA Prevention Center of Excellence Offers Virtual Trainings

The DMH-UCLA Prevention Center of Excellence continues to support LA County agencies in creating a trauma informed environment for all county residents by offering virtual trainings in the form of online webinars. These webinars serve a variety of audiences and explore a range of current topics such as supporting wellbeing and connecting with older adults while physical distancing during COVID-19.

For more information about upcoming trainings and webinars, email info@wellbeing4la.org.

Blog: Enhancing Wellbeing While Physical Distancing

The current state of things may bring up moments of fear, worry, stress, and anxiety in many of us. While physical distancing (also known as social distancing) may make it harder than usual to work with these feelings, it is vital that we engage in wellbeing practices that can help us cope with whatever arises.  

Below are a few resources that can help us stay engaged, active, and connected during these difficult times. We hope that you will find these useful as you identify practices and routines that support you. Remember to give yourself latitude to do so imperfectly. We are all working to make sense of these drastic changes to our daily lives and imperfectly doing so in community.
The Importance of Resilience Building
Listen to the experts. The CDC offers advice on coping with stress to build strength and resilience during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Fit a workout into your physical distancing daily routine!
Planet Fitness is offering free, daily 20-minute workouts
Yoga with Adriene offers a wide selection of free yoga videos
Blogilates 14-Day Quarantine Workout Plan provides a variety of 30-minute workouts
Don’t forget to exercise the mind. Try these meditations and mindfulness resources!
The Hammer Museum offers a free Mindful Awareness Meditation class every Thursday at 12:30 PM via Zoom
Try these free mindfulness resources curated by Mindful.orgTen Percent Happier has a free Coronavirus Sanity Guide
Travel the world and explore art through technology!
Metropolitan Opera is having nightly, free streaming of various operas
The Getty Museum offers a free virtual tour
Visit the Houston Zoo through their animal live cams
Visit the Smithsonian National Zoo through their animal live cams
Keep kids happy and engaged with a variety of entertaining activities!
Cosmic Kids Yoga
National Geographic Kids
Stay at Home Story Time with Oliver Jeffers
Draw Every Day with JJK
Music classes by Jam with Jamie
Talk About Real Things with Well Being Teens
Find more resources for supporting wellbeing during this pandemic at learn.wellbeing4la.org.
For consultation and more information, please email info@Wellbeing4LA.org
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