March 12-13, 2024 

Rackham Graduate School | Ann Arbor, MI 

The Frances and Kenneth Eisenberg and Family Depression Center has been home to the Depression on College Campuses Conference for more than 20 years. The annual event hosts attendees from over 50 colleges and universities from across the nation for a focused review of recent research and practical advances in our understanding of mental illnesses in college students. 

Tickets now on sale. Early bird pricing available through January 15, 2024. 

2024 conference theme

The current generation of college students has experienced unprecedented stressors in their lifetime – including trauma, violence, and a pandemic – that have changed the ways we provide treatment and other support services. College campuses across the U.S. continue to see rising rates of stress, anxiety, depression, and burnout, with many college students meeting the criteria for at least one mental health problem.

The 2024 Depression on College Campuses Conference: A New Generation aims to look at the evolution of college mental health over the past 20 years and discuss innovative ways higher education is responding to unique student needs today while looking ahead to the future.

What you’ll learn at DOCC 

Depression among college students is an urgent public health problem. If we are to prevent the progression, chronicity, recurrence, and burden of depression and related illnesses, we must emphasize earlier detection, intervention, and ultimately, prevention.

Attendees can expect an improved understanding of and ability to implement:

  • Forward-looking programs to support the well-being of all students
  • Best practices and model programs to meet the growing demand for mental health support 
  • Research, which demonstrates trends in college student mental health and support service delivery models
  • Policies and programs developed to be responsive to current and future generations of college students
  • Outreach models to engage students from various identity groups 
  • Strategies for promoting student resiliency in the current world

Check out the conference agenda

Who should attend

The conference attracts a diverse audience of professionals working on college campuses, including:

  • Academic advisors
  • Counselors and counseling center directors
  • Faculty 
  • Health educators
  • Parents
  • Psychiatrists
  • Psychologists
  • Student Affairs administrators and staff
  • Students 

Honoring student mental health advocates

The George Orley Student Mental Health Advocate Award recognizes college students who display outstanding leadership and passion for campus mental health. The award is presented annually at the Depression on College Campuses conference luncheon. Learn more