Depression Center programs and partners



Depression Centers

University of Michigan Depression Center.

The Depression Center is the first ever multidisciplinary center dedicated to research, education, and treatment of depressive and bipolar illnesses.

National Network of Depression Centers (NNDC).

The NNDC is a non-profit system of 26 leading clinical and academic Centers of Excellence in the U.S., working to advance scientific discovery, and to provide stigma free, evidence-based care to patients with depressive and bipolar illnesses.

Student mental health programs and resources (middle school, high school, college)

Athletes Connected(link is external). The Athletes Connected initiative is a unique collaboration between the University of Michigan School of Public Health, Depression Center, and Athletic Department which aims to eliminate the stigma of mental illness while improving the well-being of student-athletes at the University of Michigan, and beyond.

Campus Mind Works(link is external). Campus Mind Works supports college student mental health with a website that provides useful tools & strategies, mental health information, and specific support resources for U-M students. The program also provides education & support groups twice a month for U-M students.

Classroom Mental Health(link is external). Classroom Mental Health is a website for teachers looking for information, resources, and strategies to help support their students’ emotional and mental health. This website was developed by experts at the University of Michigan Depression Center in partnership with teachers. Research conducted with high school personnel and administrators revealed a need for easy-to-apply information and strategies which can be utilized by school professionals to support student mental health.

Peer-to-Peer Depression Awareness Program (P2P)(link is external). The P2P program is a longstanding school-based program in Washtenaw County-area high schools and middle schools that aims to: 1) educate students about depressions and clinical anxiety and 2) support students in finding creative ways to convey this knowledge to their peers to reduce stigma, raise awareness, encourage help-seeking when needed, and ultimately, help promote earlier detection and prevention of depressions, anxiety, and related illnesses.

Transforming Research into Practice to Improve the Lives of Students (TRAILS)(link is external). TRAILS is a unique program that provides didactic instruction to school professionals in evidence-based mental health care approaches such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and mindfulness. These coaches are paired with local school professionals to co-facilitate skills groups focused on reducing students' symptoms of depression and anxiety. In early demonstration trials, this training paired with in-person coaching has led to significant improvement in school professionals' use of CBT. Additionally, students experienced decreases in symptoms of depression and anxiety as a result of better self-awareness and a toolkit of healthful coping strategies.These promising findings inspired the project team to expand the program throughout Michigan.

Veteran programs and services

Military Support Programs and Networks (M-SPAN)(link is external).M-SPAN is a portfolio of initiatives within the University of Michigan Depression Center and Department of Psychiatry dedicated to military and veteran mental health and wellness. M-SPAN integrates innovative approaches to outreach, overcoming stigma, and decreasing isolation, and includes the design and delivery of programs for service members, veterans and military families. Each flagship program was developed in response to identified gaps in services, and includes evidence-based approaches that have been tailored for specific populations.

VA Mental Health Service(link is external).The VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System Psychiatry program aims to providing the highest quality psychiatric care to eligible veterans, conducting state-of-the-art basic and clinical psychiatric research relevant to veterans, and providing excellent training to the next generation of mental health clinicians and researchers.

Patient and family feedback

Patient and Family Centered Care (PFCC) Psychiatry(link is external).The Department of Psychiatry’s PFCC committee provides a framework for staff and faculty groups to engage patients and families who are willing to share their personal experiences, perspectives, and advice in order to shape the development, delivery, and evaluation of programs, policies, and services. This way, we can create an ideal patient-family experience across ambulatory, inpatient, and emergency settings.

Bipolar disorders

Heinz C. Prechter Bipolar Research Program(link is external). The Prechter Bipolar Research Program’s goals are to discover the fundamental biological changes that cause bipolar disorder and develop new interventions to treat and prevent the illness. This is done through the study of the longitudinal course of the illness in people who are diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Research involves biology (including genetics), clinical, and environmental features. Bipolar disorder has a biological foundation, and is influenced by personal, social, and environmental surroundings. An integrated research approach is needed in order to understand the individual with the disease.

Treatment services for depression and related illnesses at the University of Michigan

Department of Psychiatry- Outpatient Treatment(link is external). Outpatient treatment for depression, bipolar disorder, and related illnesses is provided through the clinical operations of the Department of Psychiatry, located in the Rachel Upjohn Building along with the Depression Center. The University of Michigan Depression Center and Ambulatory Psychiatry provide comprehensive evaluation and treatment for patients and families whose lives have been touched by an array of mental health conditions, treating individuals in every life stage, including children and adolescents, adults and geriatric patients.

Department of Psychiatry- Group Psychotherapy(link is external). The Department of Psychiatry offers a variety of group psychotherapy options for adults, adolescents, and children at the Rachel Upjohn Building and associated locations.

Psychiatric Emergency Services (PES)(link is external). The University of Michigan’s Psychiatric Emergency Service provides emergency/urgent walk-in evaluation and crisis phone services available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for people of all ages.

University of Michigan Addiction Treatment Services (UMATS)(link is external). UMATS offers intensive outpatient programs at the Rachel Upjohn Center for adults and adolescents recovering from substance use disorders, including problems with prescription medications, alcohol, and other drugs.Faculty are actively involved in studying factors related to a wide range of substances (alcohol, prescription drugs, and illicit drugs) in adolescents, adults and older adults.

Anxiety Disorders Program(link is external). The Anxiety Disorders Program provides state-of-the-art clinical care for patients with anxiety disorders and serves as a leading anxiety research center. The Anxiety Disorders Program is available at the Rachel Upjohn Building.

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry(link is external). Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Services are available at the Rachel Upjohn Building for young people and their families, conducts research on psychiatric disorders affecting youth and their families, and trains the next generation of mental health providers and researchers.

U-M Sleep Disorders Center(link is external). The University of Michigan Sleep Disorders Center investigates the relationship between sleep and depression. The Center is one of the nation’s leading programs, and among the oldest and largest, with nearly 10,000 clinic visits and about as many sleep studies conducted each year.

Sleep and Chronophysiology Laboratory(link is external). The University of Michigan Depression Center Sleep and Chronophysiology Laboratory is a world-class research facility that studies sleep and biological rhythms regulation from childhood through adulthood by measuring brain activity.

Women and infants mental health program(link is external). The Women and Infants Mental Health Program at the University of Michigan Department of Psychiatry aims to identify and address the unique needs of women and infants throughout the life cycle. The program consists of outpatient clinical care, research(link is external), training education, and outreach focused on improving and maintaining the mental health of women and infants.