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2018 Depression on College Campuses Conference:

Redesigning Structures, Spaces, and Processes to Promote Wellness
March 13-14, 2018 | U-M Rackham Graduate School Building, Ann Arbor

Recent research indicates that approximately one in four college students screen positive for depression, and the demand for clinical services continues to grow. While traditional approaches remain core to our work, we must also explore how environmental strategies can be used as part of a comprehensive approach to create a campus culture and learning environment that supports mental health.

Join us for the 16th Annual Depression on College Campuses Conference to learn about new research findings, innovative design initiatives, model programs, and policies which demonstrate how redesigning the physical and social environments on a campus can reduce suicide risk and promote mental health.

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Student Mental Health Advocate Award Nominations (Deadline: Jan. 8)

To recognize outstanding student leadership in the area of campus mental health, the University of Michigan has created the Student Mental Health Advocate Award. You may nominate a college student (undergraduate or graduate) to receive this award, which will be presented at the 2018 Depression on College Campuses Conference. Click here to read about last year's award recipients.

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 which fosters student success 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, and promote healthy self-care, and/or
  • Helping to reduce the stigma of depressive illnesses.
  • 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, and present the award during the banquet lunch on Wednesday, March 14.

    In addition, the person who nominates the selected student will receive free registration and hotel accommodations for the conference.

    Deadline for nominations is January 8, 2018. The award recipient will be notified by January 30, 2018.

    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. A Conference Planning Committee, co-chaired by Drs. John F. Greden, Daniel Eisenberg, and Todd Sevig, and including members from across the University of Michigan campus, will review and select all workshop, concurrent session, and poster display proposals.

    Conference Learning Objectives
    Depression among college students is an urgent public health problem. If we are to prevent the progression, chronicity, recurrence, and burden of depression, we must emphasize earlier detection, intervention, and ultimately, prevention.
    Learning objectives and expected results for the conference participants are an improved understanding of and ability to implement:

    • Research which demonstrates the impact that physical and social environmental cues, stimuli, structures, and processes can have on mental health;
    • Best practices for redesigning the built environment of campuses to reduce suicide and ways to alter students’ physical spaces to enhance wellness;
    • Processes to improve clinical transitions between hospitals, treatment centers, student health services, and campus housing in order to create better safety nets for students;
    • Best practices for creating social environments that foster awareness, reduction of stigma, and encouragement of help-seeking for students with mental health disorders.
    The conference attracts a multi-disciplinary 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

    Presentation Formats
    Please review these descriptions to determine the format that best matches the content and scope of the material you would like to present. Proposals will be evaluated based on specific criteria, including relevancy to theme and expertise of presenters.

    Workshop (3 hours)
    A three-hour workshop provides an opportunity to explore a given topic on a deeper level, or from multiple perspectives. These workshops must be interactive, engaging the attendees in facilitated group discussion and/or skill-building exercises to improve their knowledge and understanding of the given topic. Workshops may have multiple presenters, including individuals from different institutions, in order to provide a range of perspectives and expertise.

    Workshops will take place in the afternoon on Tuesday, March 13 (tentatively from 2:15-5:15 p.m.).

    Mini-Workshop (90 Minutes)
    Mini-workshops are 90-minute sessions, which give speakers and participants more time to delve into a given topic than is offered during a concurrent session, but are less intense than the three-hour workshops in terms of participant interaction and depth/breadth of content presented.

    Mini-workshops will take place in the afternoon of Tuesday March 13 (tentatively between 2:15-5:15 p.m.).

    Concurrent Session (75 minutes)
    Concurrent sessions are 75-minute sessions that provide an opportunity to introduce a model program, evidence-based practice, or research study relating to the conference theme. The presentations should be no longer than 60 minutes, as 15 minutes MUST be left at the end of the session for Q & A and discussion with attendees.

    Concurrent Sessions will take place in the morning (approximately 10:45 a.m.-12:00 p.m.) or afternoon (approximately 1:30-2:45 p.m.) on Wednesday, March 14.

    Poster Session

    Posters will be presented during a networking forum and reception to be held from 5:15-6:15 p.m. on Tuesday, March 13.

    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.

    • University of Michigan
    • College of Engineering
    • Athletic Department
    • College of Pharmacy
    • College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
    • Ross School of Business
    • Newnan Academic Advising Center
    • School for Environment and Sustainability
    • Ford School of Public Policy
    • School of Kinesiology
    • School of Education
    • A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture + Urban Planning
    • School of Information