Bright Nights Forum: Depressed Moods in a Depressed Economy - Connections between Life Events, Stressors, and Mental Health

This event was held on April 8, 2009 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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We all know that environmental and social factors can have an impact on our moods, but for people who have a genetic or other predisposition, stress and anxiety brought about by life situations can trigger a serious illness such as clinical depression. To provide greater understanding of the ways in which life events can impact our mental health, and how to identify when additional support may be needed, the University of Michigan Depression Center and the Ann Arbor District Library will present a Bright Nights community forum on the subject.

Melvin McInnis, MD, will present a brief overview on the causes of depression, signs and symptoms, and strategies for overcoming barriers to accessing support and treatment resources. This will be followed by questions from the audience and a discussion with panelists from the U-M Depression Center, including John F. Greden, MD, Depression Center Executive Director; John Kettley, MSW, ACSW, Clinical Manager, Psychiatry Emergency Services, U-M Hospital; and Carol Burrell-Jackson, PhD, LMSW, Clinical Director of POWER Inc., a Washtenaw County faith-based community development organization.

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