Face the Issue ®

Our goal is simple: to break the stigma and resulting silence that surrounds a wide range of mental health issues by promoting healthy, productive conversations.

This site serves as resource for those with a friend or loved one who is suffering alone. Starting a conversation is the first step in supporting those with mental illness and helping to guide them toward recovery. Face the Issue first launched in 2003 as an online resource for mental health sufferers. With animated shorts narrated by celebrities like Nicole Kidman and Halle Berry and a forum for anonymous group support, the site was a huge success both in building a community and raising awareness around mental health issues.

Now, in 2017, our mission is as important as ever.


Jane Semel

Jane B. Semel

"This site will create a community for those struggling alone with mental health issues and their friends who should offer kindness and support and help bring mental health out of the shadows and into the 21st century with acceptance.'"

Jane B. Semel is the founder of iJane Inc., the nonprofit production company that in 2003 produced the highly successful Face The Issue public service announcement campaign that addressed public health issues of today’s youth. Jane and Melanie Hall produced and wrote the animated segments, enlisting the help of Hollywood A-list actresses to narrate them, including Nicole Kidman, Halle Berry, and Jennifer Lopez.

Fourteen years ago she and her husband endowed the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute for the study of diseases of the brain, including mental illness, depression and Alzheimer’s and renamed it the Semel Institute of Neuroscience and Human Behavior.

Jane’s career began in advertising in the United Kingdom.

Semel Institute Building

The Semel Institute

The Jane and Terry Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior is an interdisciplinary research and education institute. In addition to conducting fundamental research, the institute faculty seeks to develop effective strategies for prevention and treatment of neurological, psychiatric and behavioral disorder, including improvement in access to mental health services.

Visit the Semel Institute

Meet our advisors who generously donated
their time and support in reviewing the
development of this campaign.


Peter Whybrow


Director of the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA, professor and Executive Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at the David Geffen School of Medicine, and CEO of the Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA.

Michael Strober


Clinical psychologist, UCLA School of Medicine faculty in the Department of Psychiatry, past President of the Eating Disorders Research Society, and a founding Fellow of the Academy for Eating Disorders and the American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology.

Today 5:16PM

Approximately 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. — 43.8 million, or 18.5% — experiences mental illness in a given year.



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with any kind of health issue if you’re not a qualified
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