Screening of the animated short documentary film “Last Day of Freedom”

Friends of the Semel Institute is hosting a screening of the Academy Award™ nominated animated short documentary film, “Last Day of Freedom“, directed by Dee Hibbert-Jones and Nomi Talisman. The film is a portrait of a man at the nexus of the most pressing social issues of our day – veterans’ care, mental health access and criminal justice.

A discussion will follow the screening featuring Professor Elyn Saks: author of The Center Cannot Hold ; Orrin B. Evans Professor of Law, Psychology, and Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences at USC Gould School of Law and Director of the Saks Institute for Mental Health Law, Policy, and Ethics. Also joining the discussion will be Jim Preis, Executive Director, Mental Health Advocacy Services; Lecturer in Law, USC Gould School of Law; and Clinical Professor – Voluntary, UCLA Geffen School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences.

Dr. Andrew Leuchter, Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at UCLA will moderate the discussion.

Friday, February 3
Melnitz Hall, UCLA
Check-in 6:30 PM   Program 7:00 PM
Admission is free but reservations are required.
Parking is available for $12 in Structure 3


For questions email Wendy Kelman at

NAMI Homefront–New Education Program for Military/Veteran Families

ARLINGTON, Va., Dec. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/—The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is launching a new program to provide education and support to families of Military Service Members and Veterans affected by major mental health conditions.

NAMI Homefront” is based on the evidence-based NAMI Family-to-Family education program, which has been used in recent years at U.S Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health facilities.

NAMI Homefront adapts the NAMI Family-to-Family curriculum to the unique needs of military and veterans’ communities, such as post-deployment and post-discharge transitions.

“When one person in a family is living with a mental health problem, the entire family is challenged,” said NAMI Executive Director Michael Fitzpatrick. “Families of Service Members and Veterans are not immune, particularly in the case of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).”

“NAMI Homefront’s mission is to provide education for managing conditions, provide support and to help break down the stigma of seeking help.”

In early 2014, NAMI will begin to implement the new program in six states. The free course is comprised of six peer-led sessions of instruction. Trained teachers in the program have family members who themselves are Service Members or Veterans and live with mental illness.

In a second phase, NAMI will offer a free online option nationwide.

The new program will become one of ten NAMI signature education and support programs.

NAMI Homefront is being funded by grants from the Bristol Myers-Squibb (BMS) Foundation, Cigna Foundation, Janssen Research and Development, Inc., Universal Health Services, Inc. (UHS) and the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation.