Who we are

Glia Mental Health© is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization committed to providing support for depressive disorder to underserved populations using techniques of Interpersonal Group Therapy (IPT). We are a collaboration between diverse concentrations of thought that have come together to try to reduce depression rates. Our mission is to reverse depression at the grassroots level. With a dedicated team, community participation, and a self-sustainable operation, we hope to change the face of depression both domestically and internationally. With these principles and a focus on overall mental well-being, Glia Mental Health hopes to become the foundation for fostering novel depression treatment not only in Los Angeles, but also the world.

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Meet the Team

A quick introduction for the people making this come to life!

Pratik Doshi, Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Pratik is a senior pursuing a Bachelor’s in Health Promotion Disease Prevention and a progressive Master’s in Global Medicine-Health Management Track. He has experience with organizational development, leadership, research and health care.

Juhee Shah, Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer

Juhee is a senior studying Public Policy at the USC Price School. She has experience in nonprofit development and healthcare.

Nina Singh, Director of Research

Nina is a sophomore studying Biomedical Engineering at Viterbi. She has experience in scientific research and an online business founded at USC.

Sivakami Ananthasingam, Co-Founder and Chief Financial Officer

Sivi has her Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience and is currently working as the Graduate Program Assistant at USC Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention and Services. She has experience in health care and multicultural program development. Sivi is a graduate student studying Social Entrepreneurship at USC’s Marshall School of Business and expects to graduate in May 2017.

Samuel Resendez, Director of Technology

Sam is a freshman studying Computer Science in USC’s Viterbi School of Engineering. Sam became interested in Glia because it’s a cause that for personal reasons, he’s very invested in. Glia enables Sam to do the work he loves to do, which is mobile application development. Sam feels mental health is something that really doesn't get as much attention as it deserves, in a lot of respects, and he would love to be a part of changing that.

Advisory Board

An introduction for the people guiding us on our way!

Rachel Reyes, Research and Clinical Advisor

I’m a second year Ph.D. student in the Clinical and Experimental Therapeutics department as USC working on a multidisciplinary project concerning the additive mechanisms behind addiction and alcohol use disorder. It combines expertise in behavioral neuroscience, microbiology, and neuroimmunology. I received a bachelor’s in Psychology at UCI and worked as a research associate for half a decade in various labs at UCLA on projects which involve tuberculosis and Vitamin D, empathy and mirror neurons, consciousness in C.elegans, Duchenne’s muscular dystrophy, and understanding the mechanisms of multi-antibiotic resistant pathogenic bacteria.

The Blog

Weekly blog posts relating to mental health and technology!

  • Screen All Adults for Depression

    This week’s post is a reference to an article published on USA Today by Liz Szabo. The piece discusses the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force’s advisory decision that doctors should screen for depression in all adults over 18 years old and in all women who are pregnant or recently gave birth. Postpartum depression affects approximately 20% of women globally, however, because of the stigma associated with depression and mental health disorders, many do not seek treatment from mental healthcare professionals. This advice is a great step forward in preventing depression before it strikes!

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  • A Letter to Those Affected by My Depression

    This week’s post will be a reference to a piece published on Yahoo! News by Kimberly Zapata. She writes about her experience with depression and how it has affected those around her. The most important thing to take from this is that she is not apologizing for her illness, but for the missed opportunities. No one should apologize for his or her illness, BUT as a community we should take steps to properly treat and manage these conditions. We here at Glia Mental Health hope to help people like Kimberly to overcome their depression and not miss those precious times with loved ones. We wish Kimberly great success in her future endeavors.

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  • Bright Future for Mobile Therapy

    In the article below by NY Magazine, the author discusses the successes and pitfalls of therapy apps that provide group-based virtual counseling to clients across the globe. We at Glia are working towards developing our services to reach a maximum number of individuals by designing an easy-to-use mobile app, as well as in-person services that we hope will reach the underserved populations in the U.S., to provide care to those who do not feel able to get the care they deserve.

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  • In Honor of National Mental Health Awareness Month

    "One in five adults in the U.S. experiences mental illness in a given year. 18 percent of American adults live with anxiety disorders. Almost 7 percent live with depression. And 2.6 percent live with bipolar disorder. And we’re not counting children."

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  • Quality Care > Primary Care

    This week’s post features an article from NPR discussing the need for depression to be treated as a chronic illness, rather than a transient event. Because primary care physicians, on average, have about 15 minutes with patients, patients battling chronic depression can fall through the cracks. Without proper follow-ups and constant availability of support, something which Glia aims to provide, individuals dealing with depression are not getting the help they want and deserve.

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  • Students Fill a Gap in Mental Health Care for Immigrants

    A recent article by NPR highlighted the lack of mental health care for immigrants suffering from depression, anxiety, and trauma. Due to their immigration status, many of these individuals slip through the cracks because of inability to get insurance, language barriers, and cultural stigma. We at Glia hope to change the face of mental health care by providing support groups to all who need help without the high cost of care and the necessity for insurance. Anyone can suffer from depression and we at Glia will be here to help!

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