October 3, 2017

National Depression Screening Day
Thursday, October 5

Clinical depression is a medical illness affecting more than 19 million American adults each year. Like screenings for physical illnesses, screenings for mental and emotional health are important for overall wellness.

In support of National Depression Screening Day on Thursday, October 5, several U-M programs are offering faculty, staff, students and the community free in-person and online mental health screenings for depression. Screenings are a good way to find out if depression might be the cause of feelings like prolonged sadness, anxiety, irritability, loss of pleasure, hopelessness and worthlessness, and even physical pain.

Bright Nights Community Forum:  Borderline Personality Disorder

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is a serious mental illness, but one that is sometimes not well understood, by patients and families, clinicians, and society as a whole. It is perhaps the most stigmatized disorder in all of medicine, which creates confusion, poor outcomes, and a sense of hopelessness for everyone involved. BPD affects an estimated 18 million Americans during their lifetimes, and causes numerous stressful symptoms, including unstable mood, suicidal and self-harm thoughts and behaviors, and chaotic relationships. Learn more about BPD with us Tonight from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room of the downtown Ann Arbor District Library. [ Learn More ]

You're Invited: An Evening with the Program for Positive Aging
October 30, 2017

Please join the Michigan Medicine's Program for Positive Aging on Monday, October 30 from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. in the Depression Center's Rachel Upjohn Building Auditorium (4250 Plymouth Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48109). The evening will include a special reception and presentation covering "Memory and Mental Health in Later Life." The talk will be presented by faculty from the Michigan Medicine Program for Positive Aging, led by Dr. Helen C. Kales.

Please RSVP by October 25, 2017 to Trisha Langkos by email or phone at (734) 763-1065.

Save the Date: Depression on College Campuses Conference
March 13-14, 2018

Save the date for the 16th annual University of Michigan Depression on College Campuses Conference, taking place March 13-14, 2018 in Ann Arbor. This year's conference theme is "Redesigning Structures, Spaces, and Processes to Promote Wellness." [ Learn More ]
Learn about U-M's "Investing in Ability 2017 -- Diversity Includes Disability" month of events, beginning in October.


To care for their children, moms and dads must also take care of themselves. Dr. Kate Rosenblum, clinical professor of psychiatry offers simple solutions to use anytime.

A passing worry probably doesn't mean you have anxiety. Living in a constant state of fear, however, could be a sign that coping techniques and counseling are needed. Bernard Biermann, M.D., Ph.D., clinical assistant professor with the department explains how to manage this condition.

From the Michigan Daily
In the Schools
  • Dr. Dayna LePlatte was interviewed by WEMU Radio about back-to-school anxiety. Listen.
Athletes Connected
  • A former U-M rower and current Ph.D. student in the U-M School of Public Health authored a blog on her journey with mental health. Read it here: Traci Carson: Why I Left the Team.
  • Dr. Deirdre Conroy authored a piece for The Conversation titled, "Does marijuana affect your sleep?" Dr. Conroy said,  "If you have depression, cannabis may help you sleep - but if you don't, cannabis may hurt."
  • Dr. John Greden was quoted in a Ann Arbor News article titled, "Council urges action to prevent suicides, falls from parking garages." Dr. Greden said, "Physical barriers ... such as fencing and screening provide deterrents to these impulsive times. They work. They have been shown to be successful in decreasing suicide rates in high-risk places."
  • M-SPAN is launching After Her Service this fall, a new resiliency skills and professional development program for Post-9/11 women veterans. Learn more.
  • Buddy-to-Buddy Program volunteer and Purple Heart recipient David Rojas was featured in a News-Herald article, "Buddy-to-Buddy offers support, camaraderie to Downriver veterans." Rojas said, "If I can help another veteran returning home to get out from any of the demons they may have, that's pretty much what my mission in life is right now." Read more.
  • The Peer Advisors for Veteran Education (PAVE) program was highlighted in a recent article from The Michigan Daily about U-M initiatives serving student veterans on campus. Read more