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Depression on College Campuses Conference 2005

Fighting Stigma with Knowledge and Understanding

This year over 400 individuals pre-registered, a 33% increase from last year, and over 500 participated at some point during the two days. Over 50 colleges and universities were represented. Those in attendance included students, faculty, university leaders, health professionals, and interested members of the community.

The geographical reach of the conference has continued to expand. A total of 21 states and Canada were represented this year. This ensures that information regarding the conference, its purpose, and its key messages will spread beyond those who attended or participated in the two-day event. In this sense, the conference has succeeded in raising awareness, educating the public, working to destigmatize depression, and encouraging help-seeking.


Featured speakers include: Benedetto Vitiello, M.D., Chief of the Child and Adolescent Treatment and Preventive Intervention Research Branch at the National Institute of Mental Health, Dr. Patrick Corrigan, a University of Chicago researcher and expert on stigma, and Paolo del Vecchio, Associate Director for Consumer Affairs for the Center for Mental Health Services. Other speakers include Morton Silverman, Senior Advisor to the Suicide Prevention Resource Center, Alison Malmon, the founder of Active Minds, Inc., a non-profit group promoting student mental health, and Maryanne Kirkbride, the Clinical Director for Campus Life at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

2005 Conference Highlights

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Panel Discussion

Using Effective Spokespersons to Fight Stigma: Athletes and Depression

Moderator: David Rosen, M.D., M.P.H., Clinical Professor and Director, Section of Teenage and Young Adult Health, Department of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases, University of Michigan
Panelists: Eric Adelson, Senior Writer, ESPN The Magazine; Eric Hipple, Former NFL Quarterback for the Detroit Lions; Alli Spence, Former University of Maryland Basketball Player

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Featured Speaker

Acquainted With the Night: A Parent’s View

Paul Raeburn, Author and Journalist

Panel Discussions

Fighting Stigma Through Policy Change

Moderator: Michelle Riba, M.D., Clinical Professor and Associate Chair for Integrated Medical and Psychiatric Services, Department of Psychiatry, University of Michigan; President, American Psychiatric Association
Panelists: Community Health Approaches to Reducing Stigma on Campus, Maryanne Kirkbride, MS, MBA, RN, Clinical Director for Campus Life, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Getting Students Into Care: Collaboration and Creativity from the Top Down and the Bottom Up, Richard Kadison, M.D., Chief of the Mental Health Section, Harvard University; Addressing Stigma in the Graduate Professional School Environment, Morton Silverman, M.D., Senior Advisor to the Suicide Prevention Resource Center; Supported Education: Collaborations Between Higher Education and Mental Health Agencies, Carol Mowbray, Ph.D., Professor of Social Work, University of Michigan and Director, NIMH Center for Poverty, Risk, and Mental Health; Creating Campus Change Guided by Research: Responding to the Needs of College Students with Psychiatric Disabilities, Barbara Blacklock, M.A., L.I.S.W., Disability Specialist, University of Minnesota

Diverse Populations, Diverse Needs: The Many Faces of Stigma on College Campuses

Moderator: Daniel Pak, M.D., Program on Intergroup Relations, University of Michigan
Panelists: Depression in African-American Students, Sherry Molock, Ph.D., George Washington University; Depression in International Students, Rodolfo Altamirano, Ph.D., Director, International Center, University of Michigan; The “Real Men Real Depression Campaign” at Michigan, Stephanie Pinder-Amaker, Ph.D., Associate Dean of Students, University of Michigan; Mental Health: The Hidden Face of the Model Minority, Howard Liu, M.D., House Officer, Department of Psychiatry, University of Michigan

Special Thanks to our Donors

The University of Michigan Depression Center and the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies would like to thank the following schools, colleges, and institutes across the University of Michigan campus that contributed to this effort. Without their collaboration and assistance, this University-wide initiative would not have been possible.

The Life Sciences Institute
The School of Public Health
The School of Social Work
The National Institute of Mental Health
The NIMH Center for Poverty, Risk and Mental Health
The School of Nursing
The College of Pharmacy
The Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy
The Medical School
The Division of Kinesiology
The College of Engineering
The Office of the Provost
The University of Michigan Depression Center
The University of Michigan Health Service
The University of Michigan Athletic Department

We would also like to thank the Center for Mental Health Services and the Liberty Athletic Club for their generous contributions.