Eisenberg Family Depression Center.

The Eisenberg Family Depression Center is the first ever multidisciplinary center dedicated to research, education, and treatment of depressive and bipolar illnesses.

National Network of Depression Centers (NNDC).

The NNDC is a non-profit system of 26 leading clinical and academic Centers of Excellence in the U.S., working to advance scientific discovery, and to provide stigma free, evidence-based care to patients with depressive and bipolar illnesses.

Athletes Connected. The Athletes Connected initiative is a unique collaboration between the University of Michigan School of Public Health, Eisenberg Family Depression Center, and Athletic Department which aims to eliminate the stigma of mental illness while improving the well-being of student-athletes at the University of Michigan, and beyond.

Campus Mind Works. Campus Mind Works supports college student mental health with a website that provides useful tools & strategies, mental health information, and specific support resources for U-M students. The program also provides education & support groups twice a month for U-M students.

Classroom Mental Health. Classroom Mental Health is a website for teachers looking for information, resources, and strategies to help support their students’ emotional and mental health. This website was developed by experts at the Eisenberg Family Depression Center in partnership with teachers. Research conducted with high school personnel and administrators revealed a need for easy-to-apply information and strategies which can be utilized by school professionals to support student mental health.

Peer-to-Peer Depression Awareness Program (P2P). The P2P program is a longstanding school-based program in Washtenaw County-area high schools and middle schools that aims to: 1) educate students about depressions and clinical anxiety and 2) support students in finding creative ways to convey this knowledge to their peers to reduce stigma, raise awareness, encourage help-seeking when needed, and ultimately, help promote earlier detection and prevention of depressions, anxiety, and related illnesses.

Transforming Research into Practice to Improve the Lives of Students (TRAILS). TRAILS is a unique program that provides didactic instruction to school professionals in evidence-based mental health care approaches such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and mindfulness. These coaches are paired with local school professionals to co-facilitate skills groups focused on reducing students' symptoms of depression and anxiety. In early demonstration trials, this training paired with in-person coaching has led to significant improvement in school professionals' use of CBT. Additionally, students experienced decreases in symptoms of depression and anxiety as a result of better self-awareness and a toolkit of healthful coping strategies.These promising findings inspired the project team to expand the program throughout Michigan.

Military Support Programs and Networks (M-SPAN).M-SPAN is a portfolio of initiatives within the Eisenberg Family Depression Center and Department of Psychiatry dedicated to military and veteran mental health and wellness. M-SPAN integrates innovative approaches to outreach, overcoming stigma, and decreasing isolation, and includes the design and delivery of programs for service members, veterans and military families. Each flagship program was developed in response to identified gaps in services, and includes evidence-based approaches that have been tailored for specific populations.

VA Mental Health Service.The VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System Psychiatry program aims to providing the highest quality psychiatric care to eligible veterans, conducting state-of-the-art basic and clinical psychiatric research relevant to veterans, and providing excellent training to the next generation of mental health clinicians and researchers.

Patient and Family Centered Care (PFCC) Psychiatry.The Department of Psychiatry’s PFCC committee provides a framework for staff and faculty groups to engage patients and families who are willing to share their personal experiences, perspectives, and advice in order to shape the development, delivery, and evaluation of programs, policies, and services. This way, we can create an ideal patient-family experience across ambulatory, inpatient, and emergency settings.

Heinz C. Prechter Bipolar Research Program. The Prechter Bipolar Research Program’s goals are to discover the fundamental biological changes that cause bipolar disorder and develop new interventions to treat and prevent the illness. This is done through the study of the longitudinal course of the illness in people who are diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Research involves biology (including genetics), clinical, and environmental features. Bipolar disorder has a biological foundation, and is influenced by personal, social, and environmental surroundings. An integrated research approach is needed in order to understand the individual with the disease.