December 21, 2017

Dear Depression Center Community,

Happy holidays to you! After a busy 2017, I wanted to take a few moments to thank you for being a part of our journey this year. We have accomplished so much and have been able to impact thousands of students, veterans, athletes, researchers, patients, and many others. It would not have been possible without you. We are grateful you are part of our community.

Over the holiday season, I hope you take the time to rest and to enjoy time spent with family and friends. I am looking forward to collaborating with you and in continuing to combat depression and its related illnesses in 2018!

John F. Greden, M.D.
Executive Director, U-M Depression Center

Medicine at Michigan Magazine: Within Reach

The Depression Center and the Department of Psychiatry were featured in the fall issue of Medicine at Michigan magazine. The story titled "Within Reach," looks at three cornerstone programs within the department and Center: our M-SPAN program serving veterans; our TRAILS program serving students statewide; and our MC3 program which provides psychiatry support to primary care providers in Michigan who are managing patients with behavioral health problems

Depression on College Campuses Conference: Student Award Nominations, Registration Open
Early Bird Registration Deadline: Dec. 31, 2017
Nominations Deadline: Jan. 8, 2018

Early bird registration and nominations for the Student Mental Health Advocate Award are now open for our annual Depression on College Campuses conference. The conference theme is "Depression on College Campuses: Redesigning Structures, Spaces, and Processes to Promote Wellness." Any academic advisors, counselors, students, parents, health educators, psychiatrists, psychologists, and others are invited to register! [ Learn More ]

Campus Mind Works Wellness Group for U-M Students
Winter 2018

University of Michigan students, join us next semester for our regular Campus Mind Works wellness groups covering a variety of topics dedicated to mental wellness. Campus Mind Works groups include a presentation and Q & A focusing on topics that impact student mental health as well as a facilitated support group session . [ Winter 2018 Schedule ]
  • M-SPAN's newest program, After Her Service, a new resiliency skills and professional development program for Post-9/11 women veterans, held its first weekend retreat Dec. 1-3 in New Orleans. Recruitment for the next group, which will take place in Spring 2018, will open soon. [ Learn More ]
  • HomeFront Strong, an 8-week program to help Post-9/11 military or veteran spouses/partners build resilience and positive coping skills, is recruiting for upcoming groups in Southfield, Ann Arbor, Lansing, and Saginaw. For more information, email Rebecca Couch or call (734) 998-2206. 
A long-term study in more than 1,100 people yields a new seven-factor framework that could help patients, clinicians and researchers.

Anxiety affects everyone to some degree. Consider these quick coping mechanisms when it surfaces.

Help is available to manage the stress of caregiving. A leader of the U-M poll that recently surveyed dementia caregivers shares some of the top places to turn. The Program for Positive Aging was referenced. 

  • Dr. John Greden was interviewed by Reuters Health about mental health in the workplace. Dr. Greden said, "Supervisors can be allies who help their employees get assistance. It's a commonsense approach to talking to the people you're supervising and asking how they're doing." [ Read More ]
  • Dr. Monica Starkman was featured in a Medicine at Michigan magazine article titled, "Becoming Yourself." The article covers Dr. Starkman's background and how she became a first-time novelist.

Did you miss the inaugural Todd Ouida Community Event on November 15? If so, you can watch a video recording of the event.