September 11, 2013


Succeeding in college while managing your mental health

What’s the first step toward a successful and healthy college experience? Planning! This is especially true for students who must manage the challenges of a mental health disorder along with new academic demands and big changes in their personal lives. Students can visit the Campus Mind Works website for resources and strategies to help maintain mental health and wellness in a campus environment and get the most out of their college career. CMW also offers facilitated drop-in education and support groups on U-M’s Ann Arbor campus beginning in October.

Improving wellness for women and their families

Throughout their lives, women undergo many significant transitions. Pregnancy, childbearing, infertility, trauma, loss, and hormone changes – women may experience some or all of these during their lifetimes, all while constantly growing and evolving in their roles as mothers, daughters, partners, and individuals. The Women and Infants Mental Health (WIMH) Program at U-M was created to address the distinct mental wellness needs of women across the lifespan. Read more...

Depression and Cancer: Global Connections

A team of University of Michigan medical students and local partners in Quito, Ecuador, examining the influence of social support systems in helping individuals cope with cancer, particularly how close relationships may affect the development of depression symptoms during the cancer treatment process. While the connection between perceived social support and rates of depression has been well documented in cancer populations in the U.S. and Canada, less is known about this relationship in Latin America, a part of the world where family ties tend to be robust, but stigma around mental illness remains stubborn. Read more...

Ask the doctor: Create a better bedtime

Maintaining good habits for restful, effective sleep is crucial for managing depression. Sleep helps restore the brain and body, fight off diseases, promote brain development, regulate moods, and reduce stress. It’s not surprising, then, that sleep disturbances and depression go hand in hand. In the summer issue of esperanza Magazine  – "hope" to cope with anxiety and depression,  Depression Center Executive Director John Greden, M.D., offers some practical tips for maintaining good “sleep hygiene” that can also help improve your mood. Read more...



Nitzberg honored with NAMI Community Member Award

Laura Nitzberg, LMSW, will receive the 2013 NAMI Washtenaw County Community Member Award for her work in support of individuals and families affected by mental illness. Nitzberg is the assistant director of psychiatric social work in the U-M Department of Psychiatry and has been a key leader in the establishment and growth of the Department’s Patient and Family Centered Care Committee. Read more...

2013 Dean’s Awards for U-M Medical School faculty

Rachel Lypson Glick, M.D., and Kenneth R. Silk, M.D., were among the 19 U-M Medical School faculty and staff honored for exceptional accomplishments in the areas of teaching, research, clinical care, community service and administration. James O. Woolliscroft, M.D., dean of the U-M Medical School, announced the awards on September 10. Silk received a Lifetime Achievement Award in Clinical Care, and Glick received the Kaiser-Permanente Award for Excellence in Pre-clinical Teaching, the most prestigious teaching award given by the Medical School. Glick and Silk are both professors of psychiatry and Depression Center members. Read more about the other awardees here.

Giordani appointed U-M faculty ombuds

Bruno J. Giordani, professor of psychiatry, neurology and psychology, and chief psychologist in the Department of Psychiatry, has been appointed U-M faculty ombuds. In that position, he will meet with faculty, assist in determining the nature of complaints or problems, advise on policy and explore avenues for redress. Read more...



Facebook use predicts declines in happiness, new study finds

Although Facebook can help people feel connected, it doesn't necessarily make them happier. This finding comes from a new U-M study of young adults, the first known published research examining Facebook’s influence on happiness and satisfaction. "On the surface, Facebook provides an invaluable resource for fulfilling the basic human need for social connection," said the study’s lead author, Ethan Kross, Ph.D., a Depression Center member and faculty associate at the U-M Institute for Social Research. "But rather than enhance well-being, we found that Facebook use predicts the opposite result—it undermines it." The study found that the more people used Facebook, the sadder they felt moment to moment, and the more their life satisfaction declined. The study appears online in PLOS ONE and was featured in ABC News, the L.A. Times, NPR, WebMD, and elsewhere.

Is there really a gender gap when it comes to depression?

As a group, women are roughly twice as likely as men to be diagnosed with depression. However, a new U-M study suggests that depression may be just as common in men if alternative symptoms– such as anger, substance abuse, and risk-taking– are considered along with traditional diagnostic criteria. Gender is likely to play an important role in how men and women conceptualize and experience depression, the study authors conclude, and clinicians should consider additional clues when assessing depression in both men and women. The JAMA Psychiatry study, co-authored by Depression Center member Harold Neighbors, Ph.D., was featured in USA Today, the International Business Times, the Boston Globe, and elsewhere.

Helping student veterans navigate the college experience

The transition from military service to college life can be particularly challenging for recently returned veterans.  Peer Advisors for Veteran Education (PAVE) is a new program that connects incoming student veterans with trained peer advisors who can provide support and links to resources to help them achieve educational and personal goals. In a partnership with Student Veterans of America, M-SPAN (Military Support Programs and Networks) is piloting the program implementation on five campuses nationally in its first year and will add five additional campuses in year two. Read more...



Call for proposals: Depression on College Campuses Conference

The 12th Annual U-M Depression on College Campuses Conference is now accepting proposals for workshops, concurrent sessions, and poster displays relating to the 2014 conference theme of “Fostering Student Success.” The submission deadline is October 1, 2013. Learn more...



11th Annual Todd Ouida Lecture in Childhood Anxiety and Depression

Jay N. Giedd, M.D., will present on "The Teen Brain: Insights from Neuroimaging." The lecture will be on October 2, at the Rachel Upjohn Builiding auditorium.

Prechter Lecture to focus on technology, behavior, and mood

The Heinz C. Prechter Bipolar Research Fund’s annual lecture on October 28 will explore the theme of "Managing Moods – The Human Computer Interface.” Continuing education credits are available for social workers and psychologists. Register now!

Autism Spectrum Disorders parent education seminars

The U-M Department of Psychiatry's Autism Spectrum Disorders Program is again offering free monthly educational seminars for parents. These sessions are intended to provide evidence-based education on diagnosis, treatment, access to care, and coping strategies to caretakers of children and young adults with an autism spectrum disorder. Seminars are held at the Rachel Upjohn Building on the fourth Wednesday of each month from 6-7:30 p.m.; please view the program flyer or contact Sue Wonnacott at 734-764-0250 for more information and the schedule of upcoming topics.


September 11: Depression & Bipolar Support Groups

September 21: NAMIWalks: Novi, Mich.
Raise awareness about mental illness, and raise funds for important initiatives sponsored by NAMI and Bring Change to Mind. The largest mental health education and fundraising effort in America, NAMIWalks brings together thousands of individuals and supporters to celebrate mental illness recovery, to honor those who have lost their lives to mental illness, and to help raise funds, combat stigma and promote awareness. Join the NAMI Washtenaw event team or donate to the cause!

September 22: Metro Detroit/Oakland/Livingston Walk, Kensington Metro Park (Maple Beach) - Milford, Michigan. Part of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s Out of the Darkness Community Walks. Search AFSP’s database to find a walk near you!

September 24: Bright Nights Community Forum
Identification and Treatment of Anxiety Disorders in Children and Adolescents

September 25: Depression & Bipolar Support Groups

October 2: 11th Annual Todd Ouida Lecture in Childhood Anxiety and Depression

October 2: Family Education Workshop

October 9: Depression & Bipolar Support Groups

October 10: Mental Health Matters: Dialogues for Action (NAMI Washtenaw County)
Author Pete Earley and forum on justice and mental health

October 12: Paths to Recovery conference (NAMI Washtenaw County)

October 13: Metro Detroit Downriver Walk, Lake Erie Metro Park - Brownstown, Michigan. Part of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s Out of the Darkness Community Walks. Search AFSP’s database to find a walk near you!

October 23: Depression & Bipolar Support Groups

October 25: Shifting Faces of ADHD: A humbling journey from psychiatrist, to dad, and back again
By the U-M Office of Services for Students with Disabilities, featuring Tom Fluent, M.D., medical director for Ambulatory Psychiatry

October 28: 7th Annual Prechter Lecture: Managing Moods – The Human Computer Interface

November 6: Family Education Workshop

November 12:  Bright Nights Community Forum
Genetic Testing for Autism and Psychiatric Disorders in 2013: A Rapidly Moving Target

November 13: Depression & Bipolar Support Groups

November 27: Depression & Bipolar Support Groups


October 2: 11th Annual Todd Ouida Clinical Scholars Award & Lecture

October 18: Depression Center Colloquium
Connections between Personality Disorder and Bipolar Disorder: An Overview

October 28: 7th Annual Prechter Lecture: Managing Moods – The Human Computer Interface

November 14: Depression Center Colloquium
Mental Health Interventions to Support Military Families

December 6: Depression Center Colloquium
Circadian Regulation and Mood Disorders

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