Since 2002, the Depression on College Campuses Conference (DoCC) has brought together hundreds of attendees together to address important issues on campus, shape service delivery, promote the use of resources to improve college mental health, and much more.

Explore past conference listings below, including information on the themes and objectives of each event and recordings of opening key notes.

The 2022 conference examined the lessons learned over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic—from conceptual framework and concrete changes related to virtual and hybrid learning models. Participants joined keynotes, workshops, and sessions to discuss new research findings, model programs, and innovative strategies to advance how we support student wellness in a holistic and equitable way.

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The 17th Annual Depression on College Campuses Conference covered new research findings, model programs, and policies which highlight evidence-based approaches to identify and determine the level of intervention required to best match student need to improve health outcomes.

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Opening Keynote Presentation

How Can Digital Technologies Help Us? Thomas Insel, MD, President and Co-Founder, MindStrong Health

Workshops

    • Adverse Childhood Experiences, Creating Trauma-Informed Spaces, and Providing Trauma-Informed Care Nadia Bazzy, MA, LLMFT, Director, Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs, University of Michigan; Polly Gipson, PhD, Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Michigan Department of Psychiatry; Mary Gruman, MS, LPC, Birchbark Counseling; Mary Ufford Manner, MS, Great Start Coordinator, Venture North Funding & Development
    • Digital Strategies to Promote Mental Health Glenn Albright, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Baruch College, City University of New York; Nathan Demers, PsyD, Vice President & Director of Clinical Programs, YOU at College; Isla Reddin,BA, Co-Founder, Director of Strategic Partnerships, PocketConfidant AI

Mini Workshop (90 minute session)

  • Mapping Restorative Settings to Promote Mental Health and Inform Architectural Change for Recreation Sports and the Michigan Union
    Brian Schermer, PhD
    , Licensed Architect, Associate Professor of Architecture, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; Michael Barton, Program Assistant, Wolverine Wellness, University Health Service, University of Michigan; Mary Jo Desprez, MA, Director, Wolverine Wellness, University Health Service, University of Michigan; Loren Rullman, PhD, Workshop Architects; Lisa Shea, MS, Associate Director, Programs & Marketing, Recreational Sports, University of Michigan
  • Campus and National Climate: Implications for the Mental Health of Students of Color and Other Marginalized Student Populations
    Sara Abelson
    , PhD Candidate, University of Michigan; Sarah Lipson, PhD, Research Assistant Professor, University of Michigan; Alfiee Breland-Noble, Director, AAKOMA, Senior Scientific Advisor, The Steve Fund
  • Harnessing Film and Creativity to Create a Positive Mental Health Culture on Campus
    Cary McQueen, MA
    , Founder, Executive Director, Art with Impact
  • How Space Design and Recreation Impact Wellbeing David Siegle, MBA, Senior Assistant Director, IMSB, University of Michigan; Ellen Dixon, BS, Assistant Director, Fitness and Wellness, University of Michigan Recreational Sports 
  • How to Support Marginalized Groups in Our Spaces Mary Larkin; LGBT Resource Center, Diversity & Community Involvement, Eastern Michigan University; Matt Statman LMSW, CAADC, Collegiate Recovery Program Manager, University Health Service, University of Michigan 
  • Creative Curriculum Initiatives and Student Wellbeing: The Evolution of “Tuning the Student Mind” Molly Beauregard, MA, MPA, Faculty, College for Creative Studies; Val Weiss, LMSW, Director of Wellness + Counseling, College of Creative Studies 

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Panel Discussion

Mental Health Disability on Campus: Cultivating Communities of Wellbeing in Higher Education 
Leah Goodman, MA, OTD, OTR/L, Occupational Therapist, University of Illinois at Chicago; Dorothy Gotlib, MD, Staff Psychiatrist, Counseling and Psychological Services, University of Michigan; Phillip Saragoza, MD, Psychiatrist, Ann Arbor Center for the Family; Victor Schwartz, MD, Chief Medical Officer, The Jed Foundation; Stuart Segal, PhD, Director of the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities, University of Michigan

Concurrent Sessions

  • Down and Out: Providing LGBTQ+ Safe Spaces at a Non-Affirming Faith-Based University Sarah Godoy, PhD, Staff Psychiatrist, Director of Outreach, Catholic University of American; Kathryn Campana Scherer, PhD, Staff Psychologist, Coordinator of Group Therapy, Catholic University of America; Amy Fuhrmann, MA, Psychology Intern, Catholic University of America 
  • Fostering a Culture of Wellbeing on Campus at the University of MichiganJoy Pehlke, MEd, Health Educator, University of Michigan; Michael Barton, Program Assistant, Wolverine Wellness, University Health Service, University of Michigan 
  • Successes and Challenges in Changing Campus Structures and Processes to Promote Wellness Laura Horne, MPH, Director of Programs, Active Minds; Lee Swain, MA, Director, Jed Campus, The Jed Foundation 
  • Promoting Wellbeing Through Physical Spaces Kelly Hogan Stewart, MPH, Director of Health Promotion Wellness, University of Notre Dame; Katrina Conrad, MPH, Assistant Director of Health Promotion Wellness, University of Notre Dame 
  • International Student Mental Health: Promoting Wellness with MindfulnessKatherine Weyant, MA, TESOL, Lecturer, English Language Institute, University of Michigan; Trisha Dowling, MA, TESOL, Lecturer, University of Michigan; Allison Piippo, MA, TESOL, IEP Student Services Specialist, Eastern Michigan University; Laura Monschau, PhD, CAPS Embedded Psychologist for Rackham Graduate School, Counseling and Psychological Services, University of Michigan; Huan-Hsiang Ueng, PhD, Staff Psychologist, Counseling and Psychological Services, University of Michigan 
  • Behavioral Assessment & Intervention Teams: From Chaos to Case Management Grant L. Azdell, PhD, Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, Randolph-Macon College
  • Student-Driven Mental Health Policy and Environmental Change: Tools and Lessons Learned Mattie Ellis, Director of Active Minds Chapter, University of Michigan; Laura Horne, MPH, Director of Programs, Active Minds; Nicole Wesley, President, Active Minds at University of Michigan Dearborn
  • Supporting Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Students through Collaboration and Organizational Redesign Diana Parrish, LMSW, Mental Health Care Manager, University of Michigan; Elizabeth Gonzalez, LMSW, Assistant Director of Clinical Services, Counseling and Psychological Services, University of Michigan; Will Sherry, LLMSW, Director, Spectrum Center, University of Michigan

Closing Keynote

Strategic Engagements: UCLA Depression Grand Challenge & Resilience Peer Network  Elizabeth Gong-Guy, PhD, Executive Director, Campus and Student Resilience, UCLA

Monday, March 20, 2017

Opening Keynote Presentation

Motivational Interviewing in the Prevention and Treatment of Depression Bill Miller, PhD, Co-founder of Motivational Interviewing (MI), Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of New Mexico

Workshops

  • Comfort in the Uncomfortable: Using Improv as a Tool in Mental Health Work Jessica Alexander, MFA, Director & Professor, Academic Engagement Programs, Eastern Michigan University; Mary Jo Desprez, MA, Director, Wolverine Wellness, University Health Service, University of Michigan; Chris Esparza, MA, Associate Director, Holden Center for Leadership & Community Engagement, University of Oregon; Callie McKee, MFA, UM Educational Theatre Company Director, University of Michigan
  • Bringing Mindfulness Programs to Non-traditional Spaces Patricia Dixon, LMSW, ACSW, University Counselor II, Wayne State University; Michael Horn, BA, Men’s Golf Coach, Wayne State University; Kirk Guanco, LMSW, University Counselor II, Counseling and Psychological Services, Wayne State University; Denise Kozikowski, PhD, Academic Advisor/Counselor, University of Michigan
  • Crisis on Campus: Using Psychological Flexibility to Advance Mental Health Support Strategies
    Julie Hamilton, ACSW, CAADC
    ,Wellness and Counseling, University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry; Adrianna Katsimpalis, BA, Student Services Coordinator, University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry
  • Good Psychiatric Management of Borderline Personality Disorder
    Victor Hong, MD
    , Clinical Instructor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Michigan; Claire Brickell, MD, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Harvard Medical School

Mini Workshop (90 minute session)

    • The Link Between Race, Depression, and Academic Efficiency
      Andrea Layton, MA
      , Outreach Program Manager, Center for Educational Outreach, University of Michigan

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Panel Discussion

Creating a Healthy Campus: Best Practices and Innovative Strategies from Winners of The Healthy Campus Award Sara Abelson, MPH, Vice President for Student Health & Wellness, Active Minds Inc.; Joseph Behen, PhD, Executive Director, Counseling, Health, and Disability Services, School of the Art Institute of Chicago; Chris Brownson, PhD, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Director, Counseling and Mental Health Center, University of Texas at Austin; Sandra Davis, MEd, LPC, COMTREA School Liaison, Jefferson College; Mary Ann Takemoto, PhD, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs, California State University, Long Beach

Concurrent Sessions

  • Almost Ready for Rollout: Glenn Close's U Bring Change to Mind College Toolbox Project
    Bernice Pescosolido, PhD,
     Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Director of the Indiana Consortium for Mental Health Services Research, Indiana University; Hannah Chiarella, BFA, UBC2M Program Manager, Indiana University
  • Clinical Care Management Team: A New Model to Prevent Students from "Falling Through the Cracks"
    Amanda Byrnes, LMSW
    , Coordinator of Case Management, Counseling and Psychological Services, University of Michigan; Kristina Kile, LMSW, Care Manager, University Health Service, University of Michigan; Diana Parrish, LMSW, Care Manager, University Health Service, University of Michigan
  • Innovative Ways of Reducing Barriers to Care through the Interactive Screening Program
    Laura Hoffman, BA
    , Manager of the Interactive Screening Program (ISP), American Foundation for Suicide Prevention; Maggie Mortali, MPH, Director of the Interactive Screening Program (ISP), American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
  • Promising Strategies for Mental Health Outreach and Engagement of Young People of Color on College Campuses
    Matthew Branch, BA
    , Advisor, Steve Fund Youth Advisory Board; Coordinator for Student Activities and Orientation, Brown University; Alfiee Breland-Noble, PhD, MHSc, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Georgetown University Medical Center; Senior Scientific Advisor, The Steve Fund; David Rivera, PhD, Associate Professor of Counselor Education Queens College, City University of New York; Evan Rose, BA, President, The Steve Fund
     
  • Building a New Strata of Campus Mental Health Intervention: A 5 year Review of Program Outcomes Assessing Student Academic and Mental Health Changes in Vulnerable Students and Program Transferability
    Larry McCloskey, MA, MSW
    , Director of the Paul Menton Centre for Students with Disabilities, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada; John A. Meissner, PhD, CPsych, Psychologist, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada
     

Closing Keynote

Attending at Scale, Responding Personally: Supporting Students in an Information Age
Timothy McKay, PhD, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Physics, Astronomy, Education

2017 Student Mental Health Advocate Award Winners

 

(L-R) Awardee Nate Sawyer of Emory University, Stephanie Salazar, Manager, Outreach and Education, Eisenberg Family Depression Center, and awardee Forrest Cao, University of Michigan. 

Special Thanks to Our Donors

The Depression on College Campuses Conference organizers would like to thank the following for their financial contributions to this effort. Without their support and collaboration, this University-wide initiative would not be possible.

Corporate Sponsorship

Takeda Pharmaceuticals, USA, Inc. and Lundbeck, USA

Foundations

Linda Aikens and Diane Orley on behalf of the George Orley Mental Wellness Initiative
William and Lisa Ford Foundation

Individuals

Katherine and Tom Goldberg
Ada Louise Wilkie, in memory of Nancy Corinne Lombardi
Friends and family of Nancy Corinne Lombardi and Corinne Lombardi
The Orley Family, in loving memory of George A. Orley 

University of Michigan

  • College of Engineering
  • College of Pharmacy
  • Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy
  • Law School
  • Newnan Academic Advising Center
  • Office of the Provost
  • Rackham Graduate School
  • Ross School of Business
  • School of Dentistry
  • School of Information
  • School of Kinesiology
  • School of Music, Theatre & Dance
  • School of Natural Resources and Environment
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Public Health
  • University Health Service

Opening Keynote Presentation

College, Mental Health, and Stigma Among the Millennials: What Do We Think, What Do We Know, What Can We Prove?

Bernice A. Pescosolido, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Director of the Indiana Consortium for Mental Health Services Research, Indiana University

Workshops

  • Bystander Intervention Programs to Enhance Student Connection, Mental Health, and Campus Climate: Case Studies from Two Campuses
    Kelsey Lammy, MSW
    , Mental Health Promotion Coordinator, Counseling and Mental Health Center, The University of Texas at Austin; Will Sherry, LLMSW(link is external), Director, Spectrum Center, University of Michigan; Marian Trattner,  MSW, Suicide Prevention Coordinator, Counseling and Mental Health Center, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy: An Evidence-Based Treatment for Depression
    Heather Flynn, PhD
    , Associate Professor and Vice Chair for Research, Florida State University College of Medicine; Kris Konz, LMSW, Clinical Social Worker, Department of Psychiatry, University of Michigan
  • Relationship Remix: Implementing and Evaluating A Healthy Relationships Workshop for University Students
    Katrina Daoud, MPH
    , Community Matters Project Coordinator, Office of Student Life, University of Michigan; Anne Huhman, MSW, Program Manager for Education and Prevention, Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center (SAPAC), University of Michigan; Laura McAndrew, MPH, Sexual Health Educator, University Health Service Wolverine Wellness, University of Michigan; Madi McCullough, Sexual Health Program Assistant, University Health Service Wolverine Wellness, University of Michigan
  • Innovative Programs to Support Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders in Higher Education, and Beyond
    Pamela Lemerand, PhD
    , Associate Professor and College Supports Program Co-Director, School of Health Sciences, Eastern Michigan University; Brad McGarry, Director, Autism Initiative at Mercyhurst (AIM), Mercyhurst University

Student-Led Initiatives (90 minute session)

  • Caring Connecting: Peer-Led Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Awareness Initiatives
    Matthew Fullen, MA, MDiv, LPCC
    , Program Manager, Ohio State University Suicide Prevention Program; Student Representatives: Ciara Coriell, Kayla Higginbotham, and Maria Lammy
  • Wolverine Support Network: Building Peer Relationships to Support Mental Health
    Cooper Charlton
    , Co-Founder of Wolverine Support Network  and President, Central Student Government, University of Michigan; Additional Student Representatives: Nicholas Raja, Max Rothman, and Cheyenne Stone

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Panel Discussion

Marginality, Belonging, and Success: Interpersonal Relationships, Mental Health and the University Experience of High-Aspiring Students and Emerging Adults of Color

Introduction by Evan M. Rose, President, The Steve Fund; Alfiee M. Breland-Noble, PhD, MHSc, Director, The AAKOMA Project, Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Georgetown University Medical Center and Senior Scientific Advisor, The Steve Fund; Annelle Primm, MD, MPH, Senior Medical Advisor, The Steve Fund, and adjunct Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Howard, Johns Hopkins, and New York University Schools of Medicine; David Rivera, PhD, Associate Professor, Educational & Community Programs, Queens College CUNY and Advisor to the Steve Fund

Closing Keynote

Crowdsourcing Mental HealthRobert Morris, PhD, Founder of “Koko,” a social network for mental health and well-being.

Special Thanks to our Donors

The Depression on College Campuses Conference organizers would like to thank the following for their financial contributions to this effort. Without their support and collaboration, this University-wide initiative would not be possible.

Foundation

William and Lisa Ford Foundation

Individuals

Katherine and Tom Goldberg
Diane and Randy Orley

University of Michigan

Office of the Provost
College of Engineering
School of Public Health
School of Social Work 
College of Pharmacy
Ross School of Business
School of Dentistry 
School of Music, Theatre & Dance
Division of Student Life
Law School
Newnan Academic Advising Center
Rackham Graduate School
School of Natural Resources and Environment
School of Nursing
Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy 
School of Information
School of Kinesiology

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Opening Keynote Presentation

A Long-term View of the Student Mental Health Crisis: Lessons Learned over 25 Years Michael D. Young, PhD, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs (retired), University of California Santa Barbara

Elke Smeets, PhD, Lecturer, Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience, Maastricht University, Netherlands;

Mini-Workshops

  • Ban Busy and Make Mindful for Less Stress(link is external) [Prezi] Kellie Carbone, MA, Health Educator, Wolverine Wellness/University Health Service, University of Michigan; Amy Homkes-Hayes, MSW, Coordinator, The Career Center, Integrative Learning Manager, Student Life, Adjunct Lecturer, College of LS&A, University of Michigan; Joy Pehlke, MEd, Health Educator, Wolverine Wellness/University Health Service, University of Michigan; Jennifer Wegner, MEd, Assistant Director, Office of Student Affairs, U-M College of Engineering

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Panel Discussion

Redefining the Culture of Stress: A Leadership Perspective Javaune Adams-Gaston, Ph.D, Vice President for Student Life, The Ohio State University; Gina Casalegno, BA, MS, Dean of Student Affairs and Associate Vice President, Carnegie Mellon University; Susan H. Murphy, PhD, Vice President, Student and Academic Services, Cornell University 

 

Closing Keynote

Rethinking Stress: The Role of Mindsets in Determining the Stress Response
Alia Crum, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Stanford University

 

 

Special Thanks to our Donors

The Depression on College Campuses Conference organizers would like to thank the following for their financial contributions to this effort. Without their support and collaboration, this University-wide initiative would not be possible.

Foundation

William and Lisa Ford Foundation

Individual

Katherine and Tom Goldberg

Corporate

Aetna Student Health

University of Michigan

Office of the Provost
College of Engineering 
School of Public Health 
School of Social Work
College of Pharmacy
Health System
Division of Student Life
Law School
Newnan Academic Advising Center
Rackham Graduate School
Ross School of Business
School of Dentistry
School of Music, Theatre & Dance
School of Natural Resources and Environment 
School of Nursing
School of Information
School of Kinesiology

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Opening Keynote Presentation

The Science of Resilience: Implications for Prevention and Treatment of Depression in College Students Steven M Southwick, MD, Glenn H. Greenberg Professor of Psychiatry, PTSD and Resilience, Yale University School of Medicine and Yale Child Study Center

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Panel Discussion

Connections between Mental Health and Academic Outcomes Amelia M. Arria, PhD, Associate Professor, Director, Center on Young Adult Health and Development, University of Maryland School of Public Health, Department of Behavioral and Community Health; Joseph M Behen, PhD, Executive Director, Counseling Health and Disability Services, School of the Art Institute of Chicago; Daniel Eisenberg, PhD, Associate Professor, Health Management and Policy, School of Public Health, University of Michigan; Sara Goldrick-Rab, PhD, Associate Professor of Educational Policy Studies and Sociology, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Closing Keynote

On Purpose:  Lessons in Life and Health from the Frog, the Dung Beetle, and Julia Victor J. Strecher, PhD, MPH, Professor and Director for Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship, University of Michigan School of Public Health

 

Special Thanks to our Donors

The Depression on College Campuses Conference organizers would like to thank the following for their financial contributions to this effort. Without their support and collaboration, this University-wide initiative would not be possible.

Foundation

William and Lisa Ford Foundation

Individual

Katherine and Tom Goldberg

Corporate

Aetna Student Health

University of Michigan

Medical School
College of Engineering
Office of the Provost
School of Social Work
Athletic Department
School of Public Health
Stephen M. Ross School of Business
Division of Student Life
Law School
Newnan Academic Advising Center, College of Literature, Science and the Arts
Rackham Graduate School
School of Dentistry
School of Music, Theatre & Dance
School of Natural Resources and Environment
Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy 
School of Information
School of Kinesiology

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Opening Keynote Presentation

Promoting Mental Health:  Plasticity, Treatment, and Recovery in Young Adults

Donald Vereen, MD, MPH, Director of the University of Michigan Substance Abuse Research Center, and Director of Community Academic Engagement, Prevention Research Center, University of Michigan School of Public Health

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Student Panel Discussion

Recovery and Self-Care: Developing Healthy Coping Mechanisms

Closing Panel Discussion

Online Interventions to Promote Mental Health Self-Management in Students

Scott Cousino, MBA; Helen Stallman PhD, DClinPsych, CertMedEd, MAPS; Blake Wagner, Jr, PhD; Blake Wagner, III, Filmmaker, “Inkblots: Tiny Shifts Can Lead to Big Changes”

 

Special Thanks to our Donors

The Depression on College Campuses Conference organizers would like to thank the following for their financial contributions to this effort. Without their support and collaboration, this University-wide initiative would not be possible.

Foundation

William and Lisa Ford Foundation

Individual

Katherine and Tom Goldberg
Ada Louise Wilkie

University of Michigan

Medical School
College of Engineering
Office of the Provost
School of Public Health 
Michigan Institute for Clinical Health Research (MICHR)
Athletic Department
College of Pharmacy
Stephen M. Ross School of Business
Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy
Law School
Newnan Academic Advising Center, College of Literature, Science & the Arts
Office of the Vice President, Division of Student Affairs
Rackham Graduate School
School of Dentistry 
School of Music, Theatre & Dance
School of Natural Resources and Environment
School of Social Work
School of Nursing
Taubman College of Architecture + Urban Planning
School of Kinesiology
School of Information

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Opening Keynote Presentation

Love is Louder: Building Connectedness and Resiliency on College Campuses

Brittany Snow, Actress and Founder of Love is Louder; Courtney Knowles, Director, Love is Louder, The Jed Foundation

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Opening Panel Discussion

Supporting Student Resilience: Strategies for Parent Moderator:Angela Farrehi, MA, LLP, Student Advocacy Manager, College of Engineering, University of Michigan. Panelists: Ronald Albucher, MD, Director, Counseling and Psychological Services, Vaden Health Center, Stanford University; Susan Montgomery, PhD, G. Brymer Williams Collegiate Lecturer, College of Engineering, University of Michigan; Susan Cain, MS, Ann Arbor, MI

Closing Keynote Presentation

Finding our Footholds: College Students Reflect on Positive Mental Health

A performance by the University of Michigan Educational Theatre Company, based on interviews with U-M students

 

Special Thanks to our Donors

The Depression on College Campuses Conference organizers would like to thank the following for their financial contributions to this effort. Without their support and collaboration, this University-wide initiative would not be possible.

Foundation

William and Lisa Ford Foundation

Individual

Katherine and Tom Goldberg Ada Louise Wilkie

University of Michigan

Medical School College of Engineering School of Social Work Rackham Graduate School Athletic Department Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy Law School Newnan Academic Advising Center, College of Literature, Science & the Arts School of Dentistry School of Music, Theatre & Dance School of Nursing University Health Service, Division of Student Affairs School of Kinesiology School of Natural Resources and Environment Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning of Information

Special Thanks to our Donors

The Depression on College Campuses Conference organizers would like to thank the following for their financial contributions to this effort. Without their support and collaboration, this University-wide initiative would not be possible.

Individual

Katherine and Tom Goldberg Ada Louise Wilkie

Foundation

The Charles E. Kubly Foundation

University of Michigan

Medical School  College of Engineering Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies Office of the Provost  School of Social Work School of Public Health College of Pharmacy Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy Law School Newnan Academic Advising Center, College of Literature, Science & the Arts  Office of the Vice President, Division of Student Affairs School of Dentistry School of Nursing  School of Kinesiology School of Natural Resources and Environment Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning School of Information

Special Thanks to our Donors

The Depression on College Campuses Conference organizers would like to thank the following for their financial contributions to this effort. Without their support and collaboration, this University-wide initiative would not be possible.

Individual

Katherine and Tom Goldberg

Foundation

The Charles E. Kubly Foundation
William and Lisa Ford Foundation

University of Michigan

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 2009 Depression on College Campuses Conference was attended by nearly four hundred people from eighteen different states, plus Canada. Participants came from across the country, including states as far away as California, Maryland, North Carolina, and Texas, as well as from our neighboring states of Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois.

This broad national representation, and cross-section of different campuses and disciplines, is what makes the Depression on College Campuses Conference unique. Thank you to everyone who attended – it is all of you who make this conference a success. We hope you that were inspired and re-invigorated by the experience, and we hope to see you again at future conferences! 

Special Thanks to our Donors

The Depression on College Campuses Conference organizers would like to thank the following for their financial contributions to this effort. Without their support and collaboration, this University-wide initiative would not be possible.

Individual

Katherine and Tom Goldberg

Foundation

The Charles E. Kubly Foundation
William and Lisa Ford Foundation

University of Michigan

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 2008 Depression on College Campuses Conference was attended by over four hundred people, from twenty-four states (plus Canada). Participants came from across the country, including states as far away as Arizona, California, Vermont, Maryland, and Texas, as well as from our neighboring states of Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois.

Participants represented over seventy-five different college and university campuses, as well as seventeen non-profit and/or treatment organizations. This broad national representation, and cross-section of different campuses and disciplines, is what makes the Depression on College Campuses Conference unique.

Special Thanks to our Donors

The Depression on College Campuses Conference organizers would like to thank the following for their financial contributions to this effort. Without their collaboration and assistance, this University-wide initiative would not be possible.

Individuals

Katherine and Tom Goldberg of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
Dennis and Julie McCrary of Wilmette, Illinois*
Patrick J. Wilkie of Charlottesville, Virginia*

*in memory of Nancy Corinne Lombardi

Foundations

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

University of Michigan

Medical School
University Hospitals and Health Centers
College of Engineering
Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies
Office of the Provost
School of Public Health
Collage of Pharmacy 
School of Social Work
University Health Service
Office of the Vice President, Division of Student Affairs
A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture + Urban Planning
School of Nursing
Office of the Dean, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
School of Information
School of Music, Theatre & Dance
School of Natural Resources and Environment

The 2007 Depression on College Campuses Conference was a great success. Over 400 people registered, including college administrators, faculty, clinicians, and students from over 70 different institutions and 22 states. The focus this year was on practical approaches and new strategies for dealing with depression and its consequences on campus.

Special Thanks to our Donors 

The Eisenberg Family Depression Center would like to thank the following schools, colleges, and institutes across the University of Michigan campus that have contributed to this effort. Without their collaboration and assistance, this University-wide initiative would not be possible. 

Medical School
University Hospitals and Health Centers
College of Engineering
Office of the Dean, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies
Office of the Provost
School of Public Health
School of Social Work
College of Pharmacy
School of Law
University Health Service
School of Information
Alfred Taubman College of Architecture + Urban Planning
Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy
School of Music
School of Natural Resources and Environment
School of Nursing

 

The University's Role in Responding to Crisis, Disaster, and Loss

Over 350 individuals attended, traveling from 17 states and Canada. Those in attendance included students, faculty, administrators, university leaders, and health professionals. University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman deliver the conference opening remarks, stressing the critical role that universities must play in supporting the mental health needs of their students.

The conference participants came from more than 50 campuses across the country. This ensures that information regarding the conference, its purpose, and its key messages will spread beyond those who attended the two-day event. In this sense, the conference has succeeded in raising awareness, educating the public, working to destigmatize depression, and disseminating strategies for successfully supporting students.

Special Thanks to our Donors

The Eisenberg Family Depression Center and the Michigan Center for Public Health Preparedness at the University of Michigan School of Public Health would like to thank the following schools, colleges, and institutes across the University of Michigan campus for contributing to this effort. Without their collaboration and assistance, this University-wide initiative would not have been possible. 

Medical School 
University Hospitals and Health Centers 
College of Literature, Science, and the Arts 
College of Engineering 
Office of the Provost 
School of Social Work 
College of Pharmacy 
Department of Intercollegiate Athletics 
School of Education 
School of Nursing 
University Health Service 
Division of Kinesiology 
Life Sciences Institute 
School of Law 
Alfred A. Taubman College of Architecture + Urban Planning 
Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy 
School of Art and Design 
School of Music 
School of Natural Resources and Environment 

Special Thanks to Rackham Graduate School for their assistance with conference planning and technical support.

Fighting Stigma with Knowledge and Understanding 

This year over 400 individuals pre-registered, a 33% increase from last year, and over 500 participated at some point during the two days. Over 50 colleges and universities were represented. Those in attendance included students, faculty, university leaders, health professionals, and interested members of the community.

The geographical reach of the conference has continued to expand. A total of 21 states and Canada were represented this year. This ensures that information regarding the conference, its purpose, and its key messages will spread beyond those who attended or participated in the two-day event. In this sense, the conference has succeeded in raising awareness, educating the public, working to destigmatize depression, and encouraging help-seeking.

Content

Featured speakers include: Benedetto Vitiello, M.D., Chief of the Child and Adolescent Treatment and Preventive Intervention Research Branch at the National Institute of Mental Health, Dr. Patrick Corrigan, a University of Chicago researcher and expert on stigma, and Paolo del Vecchio, Associate Director for Consumer Affairs for the Center for Mental Health Services. Other speakers include Morton Silverman, Senior Advisor to the Suicide Prevention Resource Center, Alison Malmon, the founder of Active Minds, Inc., a non-profit group promoting student mental health, and Maryanne Kirkbride, the Clinical Director for Campus Life at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Special Thanks to our Donors 

The Eisenberg Family Depression Center and the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies would like to thank the following schools, colleges, and institutes across the University of Michigan campus that contributed to this effort. Without their collaboration and assistance, this University-wide initiative would not have been possible.

The Life Sciences Institute
The School of Public Health
The School of Social Work
The National Institute of Mental Health 
The NIMH Center for Poverty, Risk and Mental Health
The School of Nursing
The College of Pharmacy
The Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy
The Medical School
The Division of Kinesiology
The College of Engineering
The Office of the Provost
The University of Michigan Depression Center 
The University of Michigan Health Service
The University of Michigan Athletic Department

We would also like to thank the Center for Mental Health Services and the Liberty Athletic Club for their generous contributions

Best Practices and Innovative Strategies

America’s awareness of depression issues has increased in recent years, in large part due to growing openness, changes in public policy, and visible leadership. However, depression in the young is still an under-recognized problem. We now know that depression appears first in the adolescent years, which coincides with the arrivals and tenures of individuals at college. In addition, recent national events confirm that depression among college students is a major neglected public health problem (at worst, it is a key factor contributing to suicide.) Therefore, if we are to make a difference in addressing depression in our communities, we must emphasize early detection and intervention. Only this approach will prevent the progression, chronicity, recurrence, and burden of depression.

To capitalize on the increased level of awareness and interest, The University of Michigan Depression Center and The Rackham School of Graduate Studies have co-sponsored a national conference entitled “Depression on College Campuses” which took place March 6 - 7, 2003 in Ann Arbor. The conference calls attention to and works to destigmatize the issue of depression on the college campus. Keynote speakers, scientific presenters, workshops, discussions groups, and video films review the scope and consequences of the problem, discuss optimal strategies for responding, identify barriers to implementation of those strategies, and seek to formulate public policy interventions to overcome these barriers, and catalyze a coordinated, comprehensive approach. 

Since the problem will only be solved if health professionals, university leaders, resident advisors and other students, preventive education specialists, third-party payers, journalists, and parents are involved, all have participated in and contributed to the conference. In addition, since widespread education and public policy changes are key strategies to improving the problem of depression, the role of the media and of the key advocacy organizations is emphasized. These groups are not separate; we need to learn from one another.

The Conference offered diverse topics for workshops and keynotes, addressing the issue from several different points of view with a focus on the practical.