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Depression on College Campuses Conference March 9-10
Event will address roles of sleep, stress and alcohol

College is a time of transitions: leaving home, taking on new responsibilities, facing new academic and financial pressures, and building different support systems. While some stress is normal in times of transition, it can become overwhelming for some students.


Add to that alcohol consumption and a lack of sleep time, and you have a recipe for depression. Depression's vulnerability peaks in a person's late teen years, and experts estimate that as many as 15 percent of college-aged people may have some form of depressive illness.

Experts will gather at U-M March 9-10 for a conference addressing depression on college campuses. It will put special focus on the impact that stress, sleep and alcohol have on the onset and progression of depression and bipolar disorder in college-aged adults.

The event is the second Depression on College Campuses conference, jointly sponsored by the Depression Center and the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies. It follows on the success of the 2003 conference, which attracted more than 500 educators, mental health professionals, students, advocates, authors and scientists, and represented the first national conference held on the topic.

This year's featured speakers include Dr. Tom Insel, director, National Institute of Mental Health; noted author and psychologist Kay Redfield Jamison, who will be introduced by CBS's Mike Wallace; and 26-year-old Tampa Bay Buccaneers football player John Howell, who last year went public about his struggle with depression and his success in receiving treatment.

The conference will take place at the Rackham Graduate School and the Michigan League. Walk-in registration will be available at the door as space permits. The conference is free for students with current ID, $50 for U-M faculty and staff, and $75 for all others, with group discounts available.

For more information or to register, visit, call (734) 763-7495 or (734) 647-2644, or e-mail or

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