Welcome to the April edition of the National Network of Depression Centers Newsletter!


As spring blooms around us, we're reminded of the importance of nurturing our mental well-being alongside the growth of nature. In this month's newsletter, we're thrilled to bring you information on four upcoming events, an introduction to our newest member of the NNDC, some great content featuring NNDC members and different therapy protocols and more!


Thank you for being a valued member of the National Network of Depression Centers. Let's make this month one of growth, resilience, and above all, kindness toward ourselves and one another.

Designing Workplace Wellness: Harnessing the NNDC Network for Mental Health Transformation

Please join us for a 90-minute dialogue session on April 22, 2024, at 3:00 p.m. EST led by Matt Mishkind, Deputy Director, Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Depression Center and Rob Vallentine, Strategic Business Advisor, National Network of Depression Centers.


Our goal is to utilize the power of the NNDC network to create a Workplace Impact Team focused on identifying and designing solutions that address workplace mental health concerns. This includes, but is not limited to, individual-level training, clinical best practices, EAP and benefit best practices, and broader systems change.


We believe that by coordinating across the network to identify proven initiatives, we can share opportunities, scale specific solutions, and provide unique impact for workplaces.


Please forward this email to any of your internal colleagues who might be interested in, or are currently working in, the Workplace Mental Health space. To attend please register at the link below. We will then get you the meeting information, including access to the questions that we will be using during the discussion via email prior to the event.

Register Here

Join us for a networking reception during the APA 2024 Annual Meeting!

Join us for a networking reception at the American Psychiatric Association 2024 Annual Meeting this May in New York City!

While you’re in town at the APA 2024 Annual Meeting, we invite you to join us for a cocktail reception at The Cornell Club-New York!

It will be a valuable evening of:

  • Networking and relationship building opportunities with NNDC Member sites, NNDC guests and the NNDC staff
  • The ability to meet with industry and biotech partners to discuss clinical trial or study opportunities
  • Discuss research, publication, and grant opportunities
  • Have a great time with peers in a nice setting in NYC with cocktails / hors d’oeuvres
  • Questions? Reach out to Matt Samocki at msamocki@nndc.org or Courtney Soule at csoule@nndc.org

Date: Saturday, May 4, 2024

Time: 7:00 – 9:30 p.m. EST

Location: The Cornell Club – New York E 44th St. New York, NY 1001


APA Annual Meeting Event + RSVP


NNDC Best Practices for Mood Disorders in Collaboration with Mayo Clinic 2024

The NNDC Best Practices for Mood Disorders Conference, in collaboration with Mayo Clinic is aimed at providing clinically relevant updates for the management of mood disorders & associated comorbidities across the lifespan. Topics include updates and clinical pearls on treatment resistant depression and bipolar disorder, new & novel treatments for depression, and when to refer for ketamine, TMS, ECT, psychedelic therapy. The NNDC faculty are active clinicians [psychiatrists, child psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, and advanced practice providers (APRN, CNP, DNP, PA-C)], informed by new research, and committed to meet the mission of NNDC –use the power of our network to advance scientific discovery, and to provide stigma free, evidence-based care to patients with depressive and bipolar illnesses.

The course format is a rich clinical educational environment of engaging lectures of science and stories - case based learning within the context of existing and emerging new research. Breakout seminars will be interactive and emphasize collaborative learning. Attendees will be able to engage with faculty and other learners as they share opportunities and challenges in their practices.

We are excited to offer both in-person and livestream options for this event! Learn more and register below with the recently announced agenda!

Who should attend?

This course is designed for the many disciplines and providers including psychiatrists and primary care providers, psychologists, advanced practice providers, nursing, and pharmacists and other licensed mental health providers.

Locations + Attendee Options

The 2024 NNDC Best Practices for Mood Disorders in collaboration with Mayo Clinic is available in both in-person (live) or virtual (livestream) options. The live event will be held at the Swissotel, 323 E Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60601.

Accreditation Information

The NNDC Best Practices for Mood Disorders offers the following accreditation:

  • 13.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 13.75 ANCC
  • 13.75 APA
  • 13.75 Attendance

Materials + Registration

Event Flyer

Save the Date for the NNDC Annual Conference in Salt Lake City, UT September 11-13!

Meet the newest member of the NNDC: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

UNC's multidisciplinary teams actively collaborate and consult with other departments within the UNC School of Medicine and physicians, patients, and families throughout North Carolina and the Southeast. UNC Psychiatry researchers stand at the forefront of cutting-edge translational psychiatric research, exploring the underlying mechanisms of human behavior and mental illness to inform new treatments and improve clinical practices.

The depth and range of their clinical research programs enables us to offer many patients access to specialized care and state-of-the-art treatments that not only can improve their lives but also contribute to the betterment of the mental health of generations to come.

Learn more about the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill here.

Improving Quality of Life in Bipolar Disorder with NNDC Board Chair Mark Frye

Individuals with bipolar disorder are at an increased risk for heart attack, stroke, diabetes, and obesity, often resulting in a decreased lifespan. Clinicians must address this critical issue. There is a complicated, interconnected set of factors driving this correlation, including: medications that increase cardiometabolic burden, symptoms of the illness itself, as well genetic factors that confer risk for both bipolar disorder and metabolic complications.

Dr. Mark Frye has more than twenty-five years of experience as a clinician, researcher and advocate. He is the former chair of the psychiatry department at Mayo Clinic, where he is now a professor of psychiatry. He is also the director of the scientific advisory board for the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) and chair of board for the National Network of Depression Centers (NNDC).

Dr. Frye sees the early signals of the efficacy of ketogenic therapy for some patients with mental health conditions as really impressive and encouraging. He would like to see further research and exploration of the biomarkers, mechanisms, and neurobiology behind this intervention so that it could be targeted to the individual patients most likely to benefit. There is a need for the whole field to shift toward precision psychiatry.

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ECT Therapy featured on Conan O'Brien Needs a Friend

Comedian Gary Gulman feels ecstatic about being Conan O’Brien’s friend. Gary sits down with Conan to discuss his latest stand-up special Born on 3rd Base, growing up broke and Jewish, attending a live taping of Johnny Carson, and his new memoir Misfit: Growing Up Awkward in the ‘80s. With about 20 minutes remaining Gulman describes the ECT treatment he received from NNDC member Weill Cornell Medicine that saved his life and allowed him to recover from depression.

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NPR on: How to have a 'grown up' relationship with a sibling

The longest relationship of your life might be with your sibling. But there aren't many tools for navigating the complex dynamic that can develop between childhood and adulthood. This episode addresses childhood misunderstandings, resentment, forgiveness and more.

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