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  Depression on college campuses
Conference to focus on stigma that keeps students
from seeking help


College-age young adults are one of the highest-risk groups for developing depression, both because of their age and the many stresses they face.

But while many colleges recently have increased their efforts to help depressed students, experts estimate that a majority of such students never seek help.

The reason: a general stigma about mental health that forms an invisible barrier between college students and effective diagnosis and treatment of their depression.

This stigma, and efforts to fight it, will form the main focus of a two-day conference at
U-M.

On March 22-23, hundreds of students, educators, administrators, mental health professionals and researchers will gather on campus for the third annual Depression on College Campuses Conference, co-sponsored by the Depression Center and the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies.

The conference will feature talks by prominent researchers and leaders in the field of depression—as well as from student mental health advocates and people who have dealt with depression and bipolar disorder in themselves or with a family member.

The University-wide effort to present the conference has been made possible by funding from 11 colleges, schools, institutes and centers at U-M. Funding also comes from the Liberty Athletic Club and the federal Center for Mental Health Services.

For more information on the conference, call (734) 615-4474, send an e-mail to DepConfQuestion@umich.edu or visit http://www.depressioncenter.org. A registration form is available online.

The conference is free for students with current student identification, and to physicians in training. The cost for all others is $100. Lunch on March 22 is available at a cost of $15 per person.

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