Bright Nights Community Forum: Lean On Me: Helping A Loved One To Cope With Depression

Tuesday January 29, 2013: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Depression is not simply a bad mood or a passing case of the blues. It is a real illness which affects not only the individual, but everyone who cares about him/her. Friends and family members can find themselves dealing with a whole range of uncomfortable emotions of their own when living or interacting with someone who is depressed, including frustration, confusion, anger, and guilt.

Helping a loved one cope with depression can be key to his or her recovery, but it isn't always easy. To provide greater understanding of the ways in which family and friends can offer helpful support (and take care of themselves), the University of Michigan Depression Center will present this Bright Nights Community Forum.

Laura Nitzberg, LMSW, Assistant Director, Psychiatric Social Work, UM Dept. of Psychiatry; Adjunct Faculty, UM Medical School and School of Social Work; and member, UM Depression Center, will outline some of the challenges of providing support for a friend or family member with depression, as well as some helpful strategies. Her presentation will be followed by audience Q&A with panelists Ann Hendrick, Visual Arts teacher, Skyline High School; Bob Nassauer, Volunteer Board Member for the Local Affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI); Kathy Schoof, LMSW, ACSW, Clinical Social Worker, UM Dept. of Psychiatry and member, UM Depression Center; and Cathy Hanson, Co-chair, Patient and Family Centered Care Committee, UM Dept. of Psychiatry.

For more information on the Depression Center, please visit the Depression Center website at, or contact Trish Meyer, 763-7495 or