HEALTHY UC DAVIS: Stigma, Decisions and Drummers

Yamato drumming group
Yamato: The Drummers of Japan, your Well-Being Ticket Deal for March.

A webinar is set for Thursday (Feb. 22) about ending stigma surrounding mental illness, and March will bring a workshop on “Honoring Your Health Care Decisions” and a new Well-Being Ticket Deal (to see Yamato: The Drummers of Japan).

Also, for those of you signed up for the next Gentle Lunchtime Yoga series, take note: The start date has been pushed back a week to Tuesday, Feb. 27. Registration opened in January, and the class is full. The new dates are Feb. 27, and March 6, 13 and 19.

MENTAL HEALTH WEBINAR — All faculty and staff in the UC system are invited to attend a webinar from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, about ending stigma surrounding mental illness — stigma that can prevent people from seeking help. With this program, UC Human Resources launches an effort to raise awareness about mental health issues and reduce barriers to treatment.

Stephen Hinshaw, professor of psychology, UC Berkeley, and professor of psychiatry, UCSF, will present the lead-off webinar, speaking on the social and personal costs of the stigma surrounding mental illness — especially what can be done to open dialogue and ensure access to needed treatments. He will share insights gathered both through his distinguished research career and his family history, explored in his 2017 book, Another Kind of Madness: A Journey through the Stigma and Hope of Mental Illness.

Here’s the link to participate online.  Or, you can attend by phone: Call 408-638-0968 (Meeting ID 941 574 800). A recording will be available on the UC Living Well website as soon as possible after the event.

More information about UC’s behavioral health benefits, including free services through faculty and staff assistance programs, is available here.

“HONORING YOUR HEALTH CARE DECISIONS” — A free workshop for students, faculty, staff and retirees, 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, in 130 Hoagland Hall.  Presented by the Staff and Faculty Health and Well-Being Program in partnership with Healthy UC Davis and UC Davis Health. Topics: medical options, documenting health care preferences, finding a health care agent and starting the conversation about your health care wishes. Call 916-734-0718 to sign up. Questions? Send an email to


The Department of Music is bringing the Oscar-winning West Side Story to campus Friday night, March 2, and inviting staff, faculty and students to attend the screening at discounted prices. Read more about this movie event and get the promo code for discounted tickets.

WELL-BEING TICKET DEAL FOR MARCH — Staff and faculty can buy discounted tickets at $10 each (limit two per person) to see Yamato: The Drummers of Japan, scheduled to perform at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 18, at the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts.

Spectacularly visual, in costuming and high-energy movement, these taiko masters present Chousensha (The Challengers), in which they challenge their own limits physically and rhythmically, expressing emotions related to overcoming obstacles in their lives.

The Mondavi Center and the Staff and Faculty Health and Well-Being Program are partnering to offer a ticket deal a month, through May. For each month’s deal, you must purchase your tickets from the 1st to the 14th.

Tickets for Yamato: The Drummers of Japan are available online (for the Well-Being Ticket Deal, March 1-14, use promo code DRUMMERS18).

Or visit or call the box office:

  • Hours — noon-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday and one hour before all ticketed events
  • Telephone — 530-754-2787 or 866-754-2787

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