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Peer-To-Peer Depression Awareness Campaign

A Collaboration between the University of Michigan Depression Center and the Ann Arbor Public Schools

Program Overview
In 2007, the University of Michigan Depression Center and the Ann Arbor Public Schools (AAPS) began a collaboration to provide depression awareness and suicide prevention education, training, and support for AAPS personnel. Beginning in fall 2009, a student education component was added to this initiative. The goals of the Peer-to-Peer Depression Awareness Campaign are to 1) educate high school students about depression and depressive illnesses, and 2) support them in finding creative ways to convey this knowledge to their peers in order to reduce stigma, raise awareness, encourage help-seeking when needed, and ultimately, help to promote the early detection of depression, bipolar disorder, and related illnesses. Interest in the program continues to grow, with the number of participating schools increasing from five Ann Arbor high schools in 2009, to ten high schools throughout Washtenaw County during the 2015-16 academic year.

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