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Depression on College Campuses Conference 2006

The University's Role in Responding to Crisis, Disaster, and Loss

Thank you to all who attended, for helping to make the 2006 Depression on College Campuses Conference a success! Over 350 individuals attended, traveling from 17 states and Canada. Those in attendance included students, faculty, administrators, university leaders, and health professionals. We were pleased to note that student attendance rose from 35% last year to 42% this year. In addition, we were honored to have University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman deliver the conference opening remarks, stressing the critical role that universities must play in supporting the mental health needs of their students.

The conference participants came from more than 50 campuses across the country. This ensures that information regarding the conference, its purpose, and its key messages will spread beyond those who attended the two-day event. In this sense, the conference has succeeded in raising awareness, educating the public, working to destigmatize depression, and disseminating strategies for successfully supporting students.

2006 Conference Highlights

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Welcoming Remarks

Mary Sue Coleman, PhD; John F. Greden, MD

Opening Keynote Presentation

The Epidemiology of Disasters and Their Consequences

Matthew L. Boulton, MD, MPH; Sandro Galea, MD, DrPH

Panel Discussions

Responding to Campus Crisis, Disaster, and Loss

Carol A. Plummer, PhD; Gail Pakalns, PhD; Victor Schwartz, MD; Ted Stachowiak, PhD

The Psychobiology of Resilience to Stress:
Implications for the Prevention of Stress-Related Psychopathology

Dennis Charney, MD

Students Helping Students

Moderator: Susan Eklund, Dean of Students and Associate Vice President, Division of Student Affairs, University of Michigan;
Panelists: Claire Haskell, Finding Voice; Naruemol Singha-Dong, School of Nursing; Stephanie Tillman, PULSE (Peers Utilizing Leadership Skills for Education); Darla Williams, NOLA Student Support Group

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Reflections and Summary of First Day

James Abelson, MD, PhD

Panel Discussion

Responding to the Mental Health Needs of College Students During a Disaster

Kenneth Silk, MD; Cheryll Bowers-Stephens MD, MBA

Responding to National Crisis, Disaster, and Loss

The Human Response to Disasters: The Who,What, and Why of Helping and Getting Helped, Craig L. Katz, MD; Lessons Learned from Oklahoma City: 1995-2006, Phebe Tucker, MD; Terrorism as a Mental Health Term, Bonnie Hagerty, PhD, RN, CS; Reg Arthur Williams, PhD, RN, CS, FAAN enneth Silk, MD; Cheryll Bowers-Stephens MD, MBA

How to Prepare Your University to Support Students During Times of Crisis, Disaster, and Loss

Todd Holzman, MD; Rev. Roger N. Pohl; Lynne Rose, LMSW, ACSW

Special Thanks to our Donors

The University of Michigan Depression Center and the Michigan Center for Public Health Preparedness at the University of Michigan School of Public Health would like to thank the following schools, colleges, and institutes across the University of Michigan campus for contributing to this effort. Without their collaboration and assistance, this University-wide initiative would not have been possible.

Medical School
University Hospitals and Health Centers
College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
College of Engineering
Office of the Provost
School of Social Work
College of Pharmacy
Department of Intercollegiate Athletics
School of Education
School of Nursing
University Health Service
Division of Kinesiology
Life Sciences Institute
School of Law
Alfred A. Taubman College of Architecture + Urban Planning
Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy
School of Art and Design
School of Music
School of Natural Resources and Environment

Special Thanks to Rackham Graduate School for their assistance with conference planning and technical support.