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The U-M Depression Center welcomes volunteers to help us make a difference!

We are grateful for the support of dedicated and passionate volunteers who assist the Depression Center in many ways—by organizing fundraising and educational events, running the educational resource library (FDERC), individually assisting faculty and staff in their offices, or serving as advocates to raise awareness and understanding of depression, bipolar disorder, and related illnesses.

If you are interested in supporting the Depression Center with your talents, please consider one of the following opportunities:

Depression Center Community Volunteer Committee

The Depression Center Community Volunteer Committee is composed of members from Ann Arbor and surrounding communities who support the efforts of the U-M Depression Center. The Community Volunteers are instrumental in organizing fundraising events and educational activities that support the mission the Depression Center. The volunteer committee meets monthly and welcomes new members. Learn more…

Friends Depression Education Resource Center (FDERC)

Help organize and order materials, maintain our lending library collection, oversee the online catalogue, and most importantly, assist patients and family members with access to reliable information on depressive, bipolar and anxiety-related illnesses. For information on volunteering in the Resource Center, please contact U-M Health System Volunteer Services at 734-936-4327, extension 3.

For U-M and visiting university students: internships and work study opportunities

There are many ways that undergraduate and graduate students can help at the Depression Center. At several key points in the year, we are in need of assistance related to general office functions, event support, marketing communications, database support, and web design. We offer semester-long internships for credit or on a work-study basis (U-M students only). We apologize that we are unable to fulfill requests from high school students at this time.

If you are interested in participating in an internship of this kind, please submit a cover letter and resume stating which area you are interested in and when you would like to commence your internship. Your application will be reviewed and should a spot become available, you will be contacted directly. Please send required materials to

Psychology 305 (for U-M students only)

The Depression Center is a learning environment, whether focusing on our research activities, the educational programs and events we create for our faculty and the community, or the information we provide to patients and their families. Due to the strong interest of U-M students looking for opportunities “to learn” at the Depression Center, we have created a psychology practicum listed as PSYCH 305 through the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LS&A). If you are interested in learning more about this class, please click here.

University of Michigan Health System (UMHS) volunteers

The UMHS is always looking for dedicated and compassionate volunteers to fill a variety of roles in our hospitals and clinics.  Please click here for more information.

We are very grateful for your interest and desire to help fulfill the mission of the U-M Depression Center.  Please keep in mind that we cannot accommodate all requests for volunteering placement but will certainly do our best!