NEWS AND FEATURES

Helping mental health professionals in post-disaster Japan

Sheila A.M. Rauch, Ph.D. (middle), a clinical research psychologist with the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System and assistant professor of psychiatry, recently helped prepare health care professionals and community leaders in Japan to address mental health issues (including PTSD) following the earthquake and tsunami.

Kennedy’s mental health advocacy featured in CNN documentary

In a CNN documentary with Sanjay Gupta, M.D., Depression Center National Advisory Board member and former U.S. Representative Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.) discussed his efforts to increase funding and coordination for brain research, as well as his personal battles with depression and addiction. Visit www.moonshot.org to learn more about Kennedy’s philanthropic mission and national call to action.

The physical and mental pain of repetitive trauma in athletes

ABCNews.com quoted Thomas Schwenk, M.D., associate director of the Depression Center, George A. Dean Chair of Family Medicine, and professor of family medicine and medical education, as saying that the joint pain experienced by retired athletes often "leads to depression, loss of physical activity and physical self-esteem."

Parents want primary care to give more attention to child mental health

Many parents say their child’s primary care provider is not well prepared to discuss mental health concerns, according to a new report by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) based on a survey of parents and caregivers of children and adolescents living with mental illness. In the survey, families named several ways that their primary care office could make them feel more comfortable discussing their child’s mental health, including having mental health resources in waiting rooms; knowledgeable, nonjudgmental staff; and having primary care pediatricians use mental health screening tools as part of routine clinical practice. In American Medical News, Depression Center member Katherine Gold, M.D., M.S.W, M.S., called the survey "a wake-up call" for primary care physicians who neglect to review mental health issues during well-child visits.

Science explains why we get annoyed

Depression Center researcher Randolph Nesse, professor of psychiatry and psychology and research professor with the Research Center for Group Dynamics, was interviewed for the book Annoying: The Science of What Bugs Us, by NPR science reporters Joe Palca and Flora Lichtman.  Read or listen to an excerpt.

Bedbug worries and mood disorders

Depression Center researcher Ken Silk, M.D., professor of psychiatry, was quoted in a MedPage Today story about how the intense media focus on bedbug infestations could increase acute anxiety and mood disorders.

Answers to common questions about late-life depression

One in five seniors has depression, but many do not receive the care they need. Our Depression Toolkit provides important information for patients and caregivers about depression after age 60.

A night of theater to benefit bipolar research


“Michigan in Chicago,” this year’s benefit event for the Heinz C. Prechter Bipolar Research Fund, was a great success! 133 people attended the performance of the Broadway musical “Next to Normal” and raised $60,000 after expenses designated to support the Prechter Projects at the U-M Depression Center. This event marked the Prechter Fund’s first foray outside of the state of Michigan to expand its audience of supporters who have an interest in bipolar disorder research.

New Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation

The U-M North Campus Research Complex (NCRC) will house the newly approved Institute Healthcare Policy and Innovation, whose mission will be to enhance the health and well-being of local, national, and global populations through innovative, interdisciplinary health services research. Some 500 researchers are expected to join the institute on the NCRC campus, including researchers and staff from the Department of Psychiatry. Depression Center Associate Director Thomas Schwenk, M.D., headed the committee that made recommendations on the mission, governance, and organization of the institute.  

Why rejection really hurts

Depression Center researcher Ethan Kross, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychology, and faculty associate at the Research Center for Group Dynamics, was quoted in a New York Times article about his study which found that social rejection and physical pain trigger similar responses in the brain (read the study abstract in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences).

EVENTS

Ongoing

May 6- June 24: Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy for Older Adults
Fridays, 9:30-11:30 AM
Location: Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Suite C, Ann Arbor,
Call Mariko Foulk, LMSW, at (734) 764-2556 for more information. 
Cost: Covered by Medicate and most insurance

June 1: NFL Community Huddle: Taking a Goal Line Stand for Your Mind & Body
Hyatt Regency, Dearborn, MI
A free town hall-style forum to help communities develop strategies for preventing and reducing the risk of dementia and stigma related to mental disorders. The event will feature former Surgeon General David Satcher, M.D., Ph.D., Depression Center Executive Director John Greden, M.D., and former NFL players and family members, including Depression Center Outreach Coordinator Eric Hipple.

June 18: Military Family Support Forum – Strengthening your relationships

July 16: Military Family Support Forum – Children and Parenting

July 27: Men & Depression:  From Professional to Patient and Back
10:30am-12pm, Rachel Upjohn Building auditorium
A presentation and Q&A with Mark Meier, a social worker, businessman, and founder of the Face It Foundation, who is traveling across the country by bicycle this summer to promote dialogue and awareness about depression in men. This event will be free and open to the public.

August 13: Bowling fundraiser for bipolar disorder genetics research
3-9pm, Universal Lanes
2101 E. 12 Mile Rd., Warren, MI  
Come for bowling, food, and fun! Proceeds will benefit the Depression Center/Prechter Bipolar Research Fund. Email Sue Ferus-Mancuso with questions.

September 18: “Out of the Darkness” Suicide Prevention Walk
Gallup Park, Ann Arbor
Organized by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and co-sponsored by the Depression Center. Participate in this walk to honor the memory of lost loved ones, to raise awareness, or to support the causes of mental health education and advocacy.

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