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Bright Nights Community Forums

The University of Michigan Depression Center’s Bright Nights™ public forum series gives community members the opportunity to obtain up-to-date information on a variety of topics related to depression. The forums are designed to allow for discussion and Q & A between audience members and expert panelists.

Each forum begins with an overview of the evening's topic, presented by an expert from the Depression Center, followed by a Q & A and discussion session between the audience and panel. The panels are comprised of the Depression Center content expert and additional panelists, including participants from outside of the U-M Health System, in order to make this a truly community-wide forum.


Thursday, April 16, from 7:00 to 8:30 pm at the Liberty School Media Center, 7265 N. Ann Arbor St, Saline 

Effective Coping Strategies


  • Elizabeth Koschmann, PhD, Research Investigator, U-M Department of Psychiatry and Depression Center


  • Joel Benedek, MSW, Social Worker, Saline Area Schools
  • Georgia Stamatopoulos, LLMSW, Clinical Social Worker, U-M Department of Psychiatry
  • Ricks Warren, PhD, ABPP, Assistant Professor, U-M Department of Psychiatry

Tuesday, May 19, from 7:00 to 8:30 pm at theYpsilanti District Library, 5577 Whittaker Road

Understanding Bipolar Disorder


  • Melvin McInnis, M.D., FRCPsych, the Thomas B. and Nancy Upjohn Woodworth Professor of Bipolar Disorder and Depression, U-M Depression Center


  • TBA