ANN ARBOR, Mich. - New depression research findings and innovative strategies for identifying and treating depression across student identity groups will be explored during the eighth annual Depression on College Campuses conference, March 10-11 at the University of Michigan's Rackham Graduate School, 915 East Washington St.
The annual, two-day event explores the ways colleges and universities can identify and implement changes needed to most effectively support their students' mental health.
"We acknowledge depression among college students as a crucial health problem," says John Greden, M.D., executive director of the U-M Depression Center. "Our goal with this conference is to identify and articulate ways in which campus leaders can be more aggressive in outlining earlier detection and intervention strategies, and also in implementing student mental health programs that will prevent the progression, recurrence, and burden of depression."
The conference will feature a choice of intensive three-hour workshops in addition to keynote presentations, panel discussions and concurrent sessions.
Other area of focus for this year's conference:
- Student outreach to diverse audiences: A panel discussion featuring students from several different campuses discussing innovative mental health outreach programs designed to reach students from diverse identity groups.
- Life Goals Collaborative Care: A Self-Management/Care Management Intervention for Bipolar Disorder
- Mental Health First Aid: A comprehensive alternative for gatekeeper training
- Using technology to support student emotional health
Cost is $125 for non-students before March 1, $140 for non-students after March 1, and free for students from any campus. Register online at www.depressioncenter.org
Representatives from mental health groups, academic advisers, counselors, nurses, physicians, university leaders and anyone else with an interest in mental health among college students are encouraged to attend.
Contributors: Katherine and Tom Goldberg, The Charles E. Kubly Foundation, Bill and Lisa Ford Foundation, and the following U-M units: Medical School, College of Engineering, Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies, Office of the Provost, School of Social Work, Office of the Vice President -- Division of Student Affairs, Counseling and Psychological Services, University Health Service, Office of the Vice President for Research, Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, School of Public Health, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, Law School, School of Nursing, Office of the Dean -- College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, School of Kinesiology, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, School of Information, School of Natural Resources and Environment.
The University of Michigan Depression Center is the nation's first-ever comprehensive center dedicated to patient care, research, education and public policy in depression and bipolar disorder. Founded in 2001, its mission is to detect depression and bipolar disorders early, treat them earlier and more effectively, prevent recurrences and progression, counteract stigma, and improve public policy. More than 200 faculty, staff and students from throughout the University are members of the center.
U-M Depression Center
Written by Tara Hasouris