January 28, 2014
On Friday, January 24, the Board of Regents announced the appointment of Dr. Mark Schlissel, current provost of Brown University, as the next president of the University of Michigan. Dr. Schlissel’s understanding of academic medicine, biomedical science, and developmental biology aligns with the Depression Center’s current efforts and strategic priorities.
How do colleges and universities define “success” for their students? While GPA is a traditional benchmark of student success, there are other outcomes which may be more important for long-term student wellbeing. Research shows that symptoms of depression predict retention and graduation rates, and mentally healthy students are better learners – so it follows that supporting student mental health benefits the entire campus.
Attend the conference to learn about new research findings and model programs which demonstrate how a focus on improving student mental health can benefit student success in all areas of the college experience — emotionally, physically, socially, and academically — and allow students to achieve their full potential. Register and learn more...
Community Volunteers Benefit the Depression Center
In the spring of 2006, a group of individuals from Ann Arbor and surrounding communities came together to form a committee to support the efforts of the University of Michigan Comprehensive Depression Center. We share a common passion – to help raise awareness and to educate others about depression and bipolar disorders within our communities, and in doing so, to reduce the stigma that accompanies these illnesses.
Since 2006, our committee has helped raise over $200,000 from members of the community by hosting a variety of fundraising events. Through a Mini-Grant program, these funds have supported Depression Center programs that are meaningful to our committee members and beneficial to the community at large.
Because education is an important focus for our group, we also schedule different faculty speakers from the Depression Center and the greater University to present at each of our monthly meetings. Over time, we have welcomed speakers who are experts in a wide variety of areas such as: suicide risk and prevention strategies; nutrition, exercise and moods; sleep, perinatal psychiatry and the impact of maternal/family psychiatric illness on early child development, to name a few.
The Community Volunteer Committee meets monthly and welcomes new members. If you are interested in more information, please email: DCVolunteers@umich.edu. Thank you!
The Community Volunteer Committee will be holding their Annual Flower Sale on Monday, April 14, from 8am-6pm in the Lobby of the Rachel Upjohn Building. Don’t miss out on this wonderful opportunity to buy gorgeous flowers and benefit the U-M Depression Center Programs.
Prices for the flower sale:
Dr. Kate Rosenblum Earns MI-AIMH Dual Endorsement
Kate Rosenblum, Ph.D., Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, is the first person to earn a dual endorsement as an Infant Mental Health Mentor, Clinical and Research/Faculty (IMH-E® IV-C/R/F), from the Michigian Association for Infant Mental Health (MI-AIMH). Dr. Rosenblum is also Director of the Women’s Mental Health and Infants Program, Co-Director of the Parent Child Relational Clinic, Co-Director of the UM Trauma and Grief Clinic for Youth, and co-founders of Mom Power, a 10-week educational group intervention that supports high-risk mothers and their children.
Factsheets, brochures, newsletters, tools, and more! Easy-to-read, useful information on a variety of topics pertaining to depression, bipolar disorder, and related illnesses can be found on our website. Check out our Depression Toolkit for even more helpful resources, news, video, and tips. Don’t see what you’re looking for? Let us know!
Ongoing: NAMI Washtenaw County offers support groups for people of all ages with mental illness and their loved ones. These free groups are held regularly each month in Ann Arbor; visit their website for details.
January 28: CANCELED - Bright Nights Community Forum
January 30-February 2: Next to Normal, presented by the Ann Arbor Civic Theatre: a Tony award-winning musical about family coping with mental illness, loss, grief, and family relations. A special post-show discussion on Sunday, Feb. 2 (free and open to anyone) will feature staff members from the Heinz C. Prechter Bipolar Research Fund and volunteers from NAMI Washtenaw County, along with the play's director and cast. This special session will focus on bipolar disorder and other mental illnesses, how they affect families, different treatment options, and where research is headed in this field.
February 5: Family Education Workshop
February 12: Depression & Bipolar Support Groups
February 26: Depression & Bipolar Support Groups
March 5: Family Education Workshop
March 12: Depression & Bipolar Support Groups
March 26: Depression & Bipolar Support Groups
April 14: Depression Center Community Volunteer Committee Flower Sale
January 31: Depression Center Colloquium
February 28: Depression Center Colloquium
March 12-13: Depression on College Campuses Conference
April 25: Depression Center Colloquium
We welcome suggestions about the content and format of this publication – please email DC-Outreach@med.umich.edu with your feedback.