Depression Center Public Policy

Dedicated Champions Lead the Way

The U-M Depression Center is working hard on behalf of the public to educate policymakers about depression and the need to create more and better treatments, support research, and improve policies related to reimbursement for mental health care. Our efforts include collaborating with vitally important advocacy groups and our committees and boards consist of some of the most vocal and influential advocates for change.

The U-M Depression Center is successfully using our position to create more effective public education and awareness through honored and trusted media outlets. We are increasing our presence on the worldwide web and in popular social networking programs to reach a broader audience. Our goal is to help shape future public policy to better support individuals affected by depressive and bipolar illnesses.

Expanding the network of Depression Centers

The formation of the National Network of Depression Centers (NNDC) was catalyzed by the University of Michigan. In conjunction with colleague institutions across the nation, the UMDC seeks to transform and accelerate the understanding and treatment of depressive and bipolar disorders through an integrated network of leading Centers of Excellence. Modeled after successful cancer networks, the National Network of Depression Centers is a means to expand comprehensive care for depression and bipolar disorder, establish “real time” treatment guidelines, grow and facilitate collaborative research opportunities, and enhance the effectiveness and reach of depression education, outreach and public policy across the country. The University of Michigan Depression Center is one of the founding members of the NNDC, which is headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The National Network of Depression Centers approach focuses on large-scale collaborative efforts to act as the agents of positive change for research, clinical care, education, and public policy regarding depression and associated mood disorders in America.