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Each year the Depression on College Campuses Conference 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 depressive illnesses in college students.

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Conference Learning Objectives

Depression among college students remains an urgent public health problem. Despite impressive gains in knowledge, if we are to prevent the progression, chronicity, recurrence, and burden of depression, we must continue to advance and disseminate strategies for earlier detection, intervention, and ultimately, prevention.

Learning objectives and expected results for conference participants are an improved understanding and ability to implement:

  • Best practices and model programs to meet the growing demand for mental health services;
  • Research which demonstrates the practice implications of intergenerational trends and the impact of targeted campus mental health programs and services;
  • Best practices for service delivery, prevention, and intervention methods to address mental health concerns among the current generation of college students;
  • Outreach models to reach students with depressive illnesses, or who are at risk of developing a depressive illness, in order to facilitate treatment engagement;
  • Personalized treatment strategies to improve health outcomes of college students.


  • The conference attracts a multi-disciplinary audience of professionals working on college campuses, including:
  • Counselors and Counseling Center Directors
  • Psychologists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Academic advisors
  • Student Affairs administrators and staff
  • University and Medical School Faculty
  • Leaders of Federal and Foundation Institutes
  • Parents
  • Students

Presentation Topics

Much of the work raising awareness and destigmatizing the issue of depression on college campuses that started at the inaugural Depression on College Campuses Conference 15 years ago has been successful, yet the landscape of college campuses continues to change. We have ushered in a new generation of students with unique needs, and colleges are faced with an ever increasing demand for services. The 2017 Depression on College Campuses Conference will look at the scope and consequences of the problem as it currently exists, and discuss the ways that colleges are responding as we look ahead to the next 15 years.

Join us as we honor the 15th Annual University of Michigan Depression on College Campuses Conference to learn about research studies, evidence-based practices, and model programs that demonstrate how colleges and universities are developing and implementing creative approaches to meet the growing demand for services. Particular emphasis will be paid to novel strategies to clinical service delivery, change management, and public health and prevention models aimed at the factors which impact student mental health and wellness. The conference will feature a choice of intensive three-hour workshops in addition to keynote presentations, panel discussions, and concurrent sessions.

The conference will be held March 20-21, 2017 at the University of Michigan Rackham Graduate School Building in Ann Arbor. Registration is FREE for all students from any campus. Registration fee for non-students is $150 before February 6th, and $175 after February 6th. To register, go to

CEUs will be offered for social workers, certified counselors, and certified health education specialists. For more information, contact Stephanie Salazar at or 734-232-0330.

We hope to see you in March!

University of Michigan Student Mental Health Advocate Award

The University of Michigan Student Mental Health Advocate Award recognizes outstanding student leadership in the area of campus mental health. You may nominate a college student (undergraduate or graduate) to receive this award, which will be presented at the conference.

Deadline for nominations is January 8, 2017

In 300 words or less, please give the student's name, major, college/university, and describe how this student has helped to create a healthier campus community by:

  • Raising awareness of mental health issues on campus through education and outreach, and/or
  • Advocating for outreach programs and mental health services on campus which help to identify students at risk, encourage help-seeking if needed, and promote healthy self-care and stress reduction, and/or
  • Helping to reduce the stigma of depressive illnesses.

To nominate a student, send the above to Stephanie Salazar:

The U-M Depression on College Campuses Conference Planning Committee will review the nominations and select a recipient. The Committee will pay travel expenses for the recipient to attend the conference. The award will be presented during the banquet lunch on Tuesday, March 21, 2017. In addition, the person who nominates the selected student will receive free registration and hotel accommodations for the conference.

Award recipient will be notified by January 30, 2017.

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.


William and Lisa Ford Foundation


Katharine and Tom Goldberg
Ada Louise Wilkie, in memory of Nancy Corinne Lombardi
Friends and family of Nancy Corinne Lombardi and Corinne Lombardi

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