September 11, 2013
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.
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...
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...
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...
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.
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...
IN THE NEWS
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.
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...
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...
COMMUNITY EDUCATION AND EVENTS
September 11: Depression & Bipolar Support Groups
September 21: NAMIWalks: Novi, Mich.
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
September 25: Depression & Bipolar Support Groups
October 2: Family Education Workshop
October 9: Depression & Bipolar Support Groups
October 10: Mental Health Matters: Dialogues for Action (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
November 6: Family Education Workshop
November 12: Bright Nights Community Forum
November 13: Depression & Bipolar Support Groups
November 27: Depression & Bipolar Support Groups
PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION AND EVENTS
October 18: Depression Center Colloquium
November 14: Depression Center Colloquium
December 6: Depression Center Colloquium
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