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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.


Adolescent Depression, Resiliency, and Coping Skills | Tuesday, March 28, 2017 | 7:00 - 8:30 PM

Downtown Ann Arbor District Library | Multi-Purpose Room

Adolescence is a period of great change and great stress. Academics become more challenging, the number of competing responsibilities increase, and navigating the social world becomes more complex. Major depression in adolescents is common, with 11% of adolescents aged 12 to 17 experiencing a major depressive episode each year (NSDUH, 2014). It is important to make sure that communities are not only aware of depression symptoms, but also how they can help adolescents experiencing depression.

When depression is diagnosed and treated early, many people with depressive illnesses are able to achieve remission and maintain wellness. Even without a clinical diagnosis of depression, families and adolescents can benefit in creating a surplus of coping skills. Tapping into these coping skills in the face of stress can help build resilience in teens; both helping to prevent depression and to treat depressive symptoms.

To learn more about depressive disorders in adolescents, including how families can help generate resiliency in their teen, the University of Michigan Depression Center and the Ann Arbor District Library will present a Bright Nights community forum entitled, “Adolescent Depression, Resiliency, and Coping Skills” on Tuesday, March 28, from 7:00-8:30 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room of the downtown Ann Arbor District Library (corner of S. Fifth Ave. and William).

Lindsay Bryan-Podvin, LMSW, Behavioral Health Consultant and member of the University of Michigan Depression Center will present on this topic. This will be followed by questions from the audience and a discussion with expert panelists, including Craig VanKempen, LMSW, MPH, Social Worker and Health Educator, Corner Health Center; Nicole Speck, DNP, RN, FNP-BC, Clinical Manager, Regional Alliance for Healthy Schools; Margaret Jennings, LMSW, Social Work Supervisor, Regional Alliance for Healthy Schools, and Amy McLoughlin, Guidance Counselor, Skyline High School.

Understanding Bipolar Disorder | Thursday, May 25, 2017 | 6:00 - 8:00 PM

Grosse Ile Golf & Country Club | 9339 Bellevue Road, Grosse Ile, MI 48138 | REGISTER HERE

This event focuses on Understanding Bipolar Disorder and is led by experts from the Heinz C. Prechter Bipolar Research Fund.

Bipolar Disorder can be a devastating illness, for both individuals and families. It is a chronic disease with unstable and unpredictable moods. However, the positive news is that bipolar disorder is treatable, and new research advances are underway. Join us to learn more about the latest research on the causes and treatments for bipolar disorder.

A presentation by Melvin McInnis, M.D., Research Director for the Prechter Fund, with a panel of experts to answer the audience’s questions:

Sue O’Shea, Ph.D. | David Marshall, Ph.D. | Holli Bertam, M.S.W.

Grosse Ile Golf & Country Club
9339 Bellevue Rd
Grosse Ile, MI 48138

Light hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served, underwritten by Mrs. Wally Prechter.

This event is free of charge and open to the public, but pre-registration is required.