Student-led depression awareness program improves high schoolers’ understanding; U-M manual now available for schools to use

Kara Gavin, Mar 2, 2018 | Peer-to-peer education program launched by U-M Depression Center significantly boosts knowledge & attitudes

“Depression often starts early in life, so our efforts should match that. Providing education and advice on recognizing depression and anxiety, and de-stigmatizing it, begins in the schools,” says Sagar Parikh, M.D., F.R.C.P.C., the study’s lead author and associate director of the Depression Center. “Our center has worked with the schools to deliver programs by students, for students, in the name of student health.  And our research evaluation of the programs shows it is well-received and very helpful.”

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The Michigan Peer-to-Peer Depression Awareness Program: School-Based Prevention to Address Depression Among Teens