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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

Conference Overview

Fighting Stigma with Knowledge and Understanding

John Greden, M.D., Chair, Department of Psychiatry and Executive Director, Depression Center, University of Michigan

Featured Speakers

What Is Stigma and What Can We Do to Prevent or Diminish It?

Patrick Corrigan, Psy.D., Executive Director, Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation at the Evanston Northwestern Healthcare Research Institute

Federal Efforts to Address Stigma and Discrimination

Paolo del Vecchio, M.S.W., Associate Director for Consumer Affairs, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration/Center for Mental Health Services

Adolescents and Antidepressants: What is Myth and What is Reality?

Benedetto Vitiello, M.D., Chief of the Child and Adolescent Treatment and Preventive Intervention Research Branch, National Institute of Mental Health

Concurrent Sessions

Vulnerabilities for Depression and Drinking in College

Elissa Weitzman, Sc.D., M.Sc., Research Scientist, Harvard University School of Public Health

Stigma, ‘Double Stigma,’ and African-Americans

Annelle Primm, M.D., M.P.H., Associate Professor, The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Department of Psychiatry, Director, Minority and National Affairs, American Psychiatric Association

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

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

Moderator: Daniel Pak, M.D., Program on Intergroup Relations, 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.