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The UCLA Depression Grand Challenge developed STAND programming leveraging technology to screen, treat and prevent anxiety and depression

STAND (Screening and Treatment for Anxiety & Depression) was first developed in 2017 by Dr. Michelle Craske under the UCLA Depression Grand Challenge. It was designed to be a full system of care that leverages digital technology to rapidly screen and initiate personalized evidence-based treatment. In direct response to help with the universal anxiety and depression associated with COVID-19 and racial injustice, UCLA recently expanded its offerings.

STAND is offered in three formats:

Self-serve tools





Presented as the COVID-19 Care Package, this set of tools is designed for anyone to get a boost and learn new strategies for lifting moods and easing COVID-19 related anxiety and depression.


Community rollout





Called STAND for All, this online set of courses is available to collaborating communities as a resource for mental health concerns such as anxiety depression, trauma, panic, and sleep troubles.


System of care





The full STAND system of care leverages technology, certified coaches, and licensed professionals to tailor services to participants’ needs in real-time. Implementations to date have focused on higher education and health system setting.


UCLA funded by the NIMH to accelerate the reach and impact of STAND in Community Colleges. Learn about the new Innovation Center.

About the Depression Grand Challenge

STAND was developed under the UCLA Depression Grand Challenge (DGC) treatment arm. In 2015, UCLA launched the DGC to cut the global burden of depression in half by 2050. Our efforts are organized around research objectives and service and dissemination objectives. Our work with STAND crosses both of these types of objectives.