Depression on College Campuses Conference 2005
Fighting Stigma with Knowledge and Understanding
This year over 400 individuals pre-registered, a 33% increase from last year, and over 500 participated at some point during the two days. Over 50 colleges and universities were represented. Those in attendance included students, faculty, university leaders, health professionals, and interested members of the community.
The geographical reach of the conference has continued to expand. A total of 21 states and Canada were represented this year. This ensures that information regarding the conference, its purpose, and its key messages will spread beyond those who attended or participated in the two-day event. In this sense, the conference has succeeded in raising awareness, educating the public, working to destigmatize depression, and encouraging help-seeking.
Featured speakers include: Benedetto Vitiello, M.D., Chief of the Child and Adolescent Treatment and Preventive Intervention Research Branch at the National Institute of Mental Health, Dr. Patrick Corrigan, a University of Chicago researcher and expert on stigma, and Paolo del Vecchio, Associate Director for Consumer Affairs for the Center for Mental Health Services. Other speakers include Morton Silverman, Senior Advisor to the Suicide Prevention Resource Center, Alison Malmon, the founder of Active Minds, Inc., a non-profit group promoting student mental health, and Maryanne Kirkbride, the Clinical Director for Campus Life at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Special Thanks to our Donors
The Eisenberg Family Depression Center and the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies would like to thank the following schools, colleges, and institutes across the University of Michigan campus that contributed to this effort. Without their collaboration and assistance, this University-wide initiative would not have been possible.
The Life Sciences Institute
The School of Public Health
The School of Social Work
The National Institute of Mental Health
The NIMH Center for Poverty, Risk and Mental Health
The School of Nursing
The College of Pharmacy
The Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy
The Medical School
The Division of Kinesiology
The College of Engineering
The Office of the Provost
The University of Michigan Depression Center
The University of Michigan Health Service
The University of Michigan Athletic Department
We would also like to thank the Center for Mental Health Services and the Liberty Athletic Club for their generous contributions.