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A new way of looking at depression risk and prevention

New U-M research is exploring risk factors that may make recurrence of depression more likely, with the goal of finding evidence that can help guide treatment decisions and more effectively prevent future depressive episodes.

U-M participating in nationwide bipolar disorder clinical trial

The University of Michigan is participating in a clinical trial to compare the effectiveness of two mood-stabilizing medicines commonly used to treat bipolar disorder. U-M is one of 10 sites in the Bipolar Trials Network that will participate in the national study, which is supported by a federal investment aimed at improving patient outcomes.

Engaging partners in depression treatment

A new U-M program strives to help people with depression manage their symptoms by enlisting the support of friends and loved ones in their treatment. Patients complete weekly assessments by phone, and their “care partners” receive e-mail updates on the patient’s medication adherence and any changes in mood. Patients also receive feedback on their condition and can access additional support tools. The initiative is part of a larger effort to improve care for chronic conditions that is directed by John Piette, PhD, professor of internal medicine and a member of the U-M Depression Center.

IN THE NEWS

U-M Depression Center members, research, and programs in the media

The real pain of heartache

USA Today , CNN, ABC News, and other media quoted Ethan Kross, PhD, assistant professor of psychology, faculty associate at the Research Center for Group Dynamics, and member of the U-M Depression Center, about his study investigating the link between social rejection and physical pain.

Mental health among college students

The Michigan Daily quoted several U-M Depression Center members about current mental health trends among college students, including help-seeking, treatment, the prevalence of students on campuses dealing with mental health problems, and awareness of mental health issues within college communities.  The 9th annual Depression on College Campuses conference at U-M concluded another successful session March 28-29.

Men, depression, and a long journey

Mark Meier, a social worker, businessman, and founder of the Face It Foundation, will make a cross-country trek by bicycle this summer to promote dialogue and awareness about depression in men. The Journal of Minneapolis and the Minneapolis StarTribune featured stories about Meier’s upcoming trip, which will include stops at many National Network of Depression Centers member institutions.  Meier plans to visit the U-M Depression Center sometime this summer – stay tuned for details!

Hipple’s outreach efforts

Depression Center Outreach Coordinator Eric Hipple’s community work was recently featured in the Oakland Press.  Hipple has also been promoting mental health awareness and suicide prevention through a program with the Michigan Department of Corrections, conducting workshops with employees at 40 DOC facilities.

Sheen’s headlines and mental health treatment

Melvin McInnis, M.D., the Thomas B. and Nancy Upjohn Woodworth Professor of Bipolar Disorder and Depression in Psychiatry, an associate director of the Depression Center, and principal investigator of the Prechter Bipolar Research Fund, was quoted in an American Medical News story about the negative and positive effects that celebrity media coverage may have on mental health and addiction treatment, particularly for providers and their patients.

Teen eating disorders and mental health

A Foodconsumer article discussed an analysis by Depression Center member David Rosen,, M.D., M.P.H., a professor of psychiatry and pediatrics, which found that eating disorders and associated mental health issues are more common among teens than previously thought.

Opioid addiction treatment

Depression Center member Stephen Strobbe, PhD, RN, NP, PMHCNS-BC, CARN, and colleagues at U-M Addiction Treatment Services (UMATS) recently had an article published in the Journal of Addictions Nursing on the design, implementation, and evaluation of a pilot project for a multidisciplinary outpatient buprenorphine clinic to help treat opioid addiction.   Patients showed high levels of patient satisfaction, attendance, and treatment adherence.

EVENTS

Ongoing

April 16: Military Family Support Forum
Communication

April 19: Bright Nights Community Forum
Understanding Bipolar Disorder
Presenter: Melvin McInnis, M.D., Thomas B. and Nancy Upjohn Woodworth Professor of Bipolar Disorder and Depression at the U-M Depression Center, and Principal Investigator of the Prechter Bipolar Research Fund

April 28: Kadima Healthy Body/Healthy Mind fundraiser
Keynote speaker: Clark Flatt, President and CEO of The Jason Foundation, dedicated to the prevention of the “silent epidemic of youth suicide.”

May 5: “Michigan in Chicago"
A Night of Theater to Benefit the Heinz C. Prechter Bipolar Research Fund

May 6 – June 24: Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy for Older Adults
Eight Friday sessions, 9:30am -11:30 am, at the Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Suite C, Ann Arbor
Evidence-based practice for preventing depression relapse and enhancing a sense of well-being.
Contact Mariko Foulk, LMSW at (734) 764-2556 for information and to schedule an assessment interview.

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