Interpersonal Relationships and Social Support Focus at 14th Annual Depression on College Campuses Conference

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Leaders and innovators in college student mental health will once again descend upon Ann Arbor in March as the U-M Depression Center kicks off its 14th annual Depression on College Campuses Conference (DoCC) focused on interpersonal relationships and student mental health.

The conference will be held ofacebooksharen March 9 and 10 at the Rackham Graduate School building. Expert speakers will discuss new research findings, model programs, and innovative strategies to encourage the formation of positive interpersonal relationships which can help to promote college student mental health.

The Depression on College Campuses conference is a multi-disciplinary forum for clinicians, researchers, academic advisors, students, faculty, and others from institutions across the country to discuss the latest findings and best practices related to the prevention of depression and its consequences during the high-stakes college years.

A plenary panel discussion will focus on mental health and the university experience for students of color. Other sessions will focus on innovative ways to harness technology to improve the mental well-being of students.

In addition to the panel discussion, workshops, and concurrent sessions, the conference will feature two keynote presentations:

  • College, Mental Health, and Stigma Among the Millennials: What Do We Think, What Do We Know, What Can We Prove?” presented by Bernice A. Pescosolido, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Director of the Indiana Consortium for Mental Health Services Research, Indiana University and;
  • “Crowdsourcing Mental Health” presented by Robert Morris, Ph.D., Founder of ‘Koko,’ a social network for mental health and well-being.

During the conference luncheon on March 10, two students will receive the 2016 Student Mental Health Advocate Award. The award will be presented by Lindsay Orchowski, Ph.D., of Brown University, who was the first-ever recipient of this award in 2007.

“Although it may appear that today’s college students are completely engaged with the world around them, the reality is that many students are under-connected to the people and resources which could be most beneficial to their mental health,” said Trish Meyer, Ed.M, manager for outreach and education at the U-M Depression Center and conference lead. “This year’s conference will address this issue by highlighting strategies and interventions designed to foster supportive relationships, in order to improve the emotional health of our students.”

Registration is free for students from any campus, but an online registration form is still required. The registration fee for non-students is $135 before February 5, and $150 after. (Members of the media covering the event may register at no cost.) A conference schedule and additional information can be found at: www.depressioncenter.org/docc.

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Established in 2001, the University of Michigan Comprehensive Depression Center (UMDC) is the first of its kind devoted entirely to bringing depression into the mainstream of medical research, translational care, education, and public policy. The Center is at the forefront in changing the paradigm of how depression and bipolar illnesses are understood and treated.