Michigan was victorious in both of the past three years, beating OSU in the chapter challenge by over a 2:1 margin each year. Help us beat them again in 2016 and keep our plaque BLUE!
The University of Michigan and Ohio State chapters of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi are facing off for the fourth year to raise money to support charities in their respective cities. This annual competition leads up to the football game that marks the legendary rivalry between these two great universities and will end of Give Blue Day.
This year, Michigan will support The Depression on College Campuses (DOCC) Annual Conference hosted by the U-M Depression Center, which receives no funding from the University or Health System, relying on donations and grants to support its activities. The DOCC conference is a national conference on the topic of depression on college campuses. At the center of every conference is a focus on earlier detection and intervention, a necessary approach in order to make a real difference in preventing the progression, chronicity, recurrence, and burden of depression. The theme of the 15th annual conference is "Best Practices and Innovative Strategies – 15 Years of Progress."
The Challenge begins, November 13, and ends Saturday, November 29.
Campus Mind Works (www.campusmindworks.org) is a website and education program developed by the University of Michigan Depression Center, as part of the Center’s mission of outreach and education to support University of Michigan student mental health. The website includes:
· A detailed listing of all U-M and Ann Arbor mental health support services, in an easy-to-search resource database
· Prevention and self-care strategies to help students anticipate and manage the unique mental health challenges they may face while in college
· Practical information to help students stay healthy and navigate college life while managing a mental health condition
· Information on common mental health disorders
In addition to the website, the Depression Center’s outreach team also offers free, drop-in student support groups on campus. The Campus Mind Works Wellness Groups are held bi-weekly from October through April in easy-to-access classroom locations (in the Chrysler Center building on North Campus, and in Mason Hall on Central Campus). The groups are informal, welcoming, and pizza is served! The groups are open to any U-M student (undergraduate or graduate) who is interested in obtaining information about stress, depression, anxiety, and related conditions, and/or is interested in learning positive coping strategies to help address these issues.
Each group begins with a presentation on a topic related to student mental health, and then the presentation is followed by a facilitated discussion run by a clinical social worker. You can view upcoming dates and topics for the groups here: http://www.campusmindworks.org/groups/
BRIGHT NIGHTS COMMUNITY FORUMS
The University of Michigan Depression Center’s Bright Nights public forum series gives community members the opportunity to obtain up-to-date information on a variety of topics related to depression. The forums are designed to allow for discussion and Q & A between audience members and expert panelists, and are held throughout the year in partnership with public libraries in Ann Arbor, Saline, Plymouth, and Ypsilanti.
Each forum begins with an overview of the evening's topic, presented by an expert from the Depression Center, followed by a Q & A and discussion session between the audience and panel. The panels are comprised of Depression Center faculty members and additional panelists, including participants from outside of the U-M Health System, in order to make this a truly community-wide forum. There is no pre-registration required, and the events are free of charge. To view upcoming Bright Nights dates and topics, visit: http://www.depressioncenter.org/brightnights/