Bright Nights

The University of Michigan Depression Center’s Bright Nights™ public forum series gives community members the opportunity to obtain up-to-date information on a variety of topics related to depression. The forums are designed to allow for discussion and Q & A between audience members and expert panelists.

Each forum begins with an overview of the evening's topic, presented by an expert from the Depression Center, followed by a Q & A and discussion session between the audience and panel. The panels are comprised of Depression Center content experts and additional panelists, including participants from outside of Michigan Medicine, in order to make this a truly community-wide forum.


All forums take place in the Multi-Purpose Room of the downtown Ann Arbor District Library (corner of S. Fifth Ave. and William) from 7:00-8:30PM unless otherwise stated.

Upcoming Bright Nights

November 13 -- Self-Help Tools on the Internet for Mood Disorders: A Practical Guide

If you or a family member has struggled with a mood disorder, have you ever thought about getting help online? eHealth is the use of technologies such as online psychotherapy, informational websites, social media, forums, blogs, and video games to educate, provide social support, encourage screening for disorders, offer self-help strategies and psychotherapy, and reduce stigma. By using eHealth technologies, people can access mental health materials whenever and wherever they like, work at any speed that is comfortable in the privacy of their own home, and play an active role in their health. Further research and development of eHealth tools for mood disorders is needed. However, the availability and quality of these tools has increased considerably over the last decade.

In order to provide an overview of self-help tools on the Internet, how to determine the quality of a particular tool, and to share some specific examples of available eHealth initiatives, the University of Michigan Depression Center and the Ann Arbor District Library will present a Bright Nights community forum entitled, “Self-Help Tools on the Internet for Mood Disorders: A Practical Guide” on Tuesday, November 13th, 2018 from 7:00-8:30 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room of the downtown Ann Arbor District Library (corner of S. Fifth Ave. and William).

Sagar V. Parikh, MD, FRCPC, Associate Director of the Depression Center, John F. Greden Professor of Depression and Clinical Neuroscience; Professor of Psychiatry and Danielle S. Taubman, MPH, Technical Writer at the Depression Center; Project Co-Lead on the Depression Center Toolkit renewal, will present an overview of the topic, followed by questions and discussion.

March 19, 2019 -- Topic TBD


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