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


We hope your summer has started off well and you're inspired to take some time to relax this season! In this month's newsletter, we're thrilled to bring you information on three upcoming events, some fantastic resources, interesting content we're following and more!

We just launched the registration for the 2024 NNDC Annual Conference this September in Salt Lake City, UT! We're excited to bring you the 16th annual event in partnership with this year's co-host, University of Utah Huntsman Mental Health Institute!

We would also like to remind you that now's the time to register for the NNDC Best Practices for Mood Disorders Conference co-hosted with Mayo Clinic.


June is Pride Month and we've linked some great resources below from various organizations on mental health in the LGBTQ+ community and more.

Thank you for being a valued member and follower 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.

June is Pride Month! LGBTQ+ Resources

We celebrate Pride Month and reflect on its intersection with mental health. We are thrilled to recognize the LGBTQ+ community's history and achievements and note there are still ongoing struggles for equality. Amidst the rainbow flags and parades, it's crucial to recognize the mental health challenges many LGBTQ+ individuals face due to societal stigma, discrimination, and the quest for self-acceptance.

This month, we highlight the importance of fostering inclusive environments that support mental well-being, striving to create spaces where everyone can thrive authentically and proudly. We'd like to share some helpful resources on how we can all contribute to a more compassionate and understanding world for all.

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NNDC Annual Conference Registration is Live!

with co-host University of Utah Huntsman Mental Health Institute

September 11-12, 2024 | Cleone Peterson Eccles Alumni House | Salt Lake City, Utah

Registration, Poster Information + Conference Details

Stanford Study: Subtypes Identified for Personalized Treatment of Depression

In the not-too-distant future, a screening assessment for depression could include a quick brain scan to identify the best treatment. Better methods for matching patients with treatments are desperately needed, said the study's senior author, Leanne Williams, PhD, the Vincent V.C. Woo Professor, a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, and the director of Stanford Medicine's Center for Precision Mental Health and Wellness.

Using a machine learning approach known as cluster analysis to group the patients' brain images, they identified six distinct patterns of activity in the brain regions they studied.

The scientists also randomly assigned 250 of the study participants to receive one of three commonly used antidepressants or behavioral talk therapy. Patients with one subtype, which is characterized by overactivity in cognitive regions of the brain, experienced the best response to the antidepressant venlafaxine (commonly known as Effexor) compared with those who have other biotypes.

Those with another subtype, whose brains at rest had higher levels of activity among three regions associated with depression and problem-solving, had better alleviation of symptoms with behavioral talk therapy. And those with a third subtype, who had lower levels of activity at rest in the brain circuit that controls attention, were less likely to see improvement of their symptoms with talk therapy than those with other biotypes.

Read more here.

Welcome to the NNDC Board of Directors: 

Dimitry Davydow, MD, MPH, FACLP

Learn more about Dr. Davydow here.

August 7: University of Michigan Eisenberg Family Depression Center 5th Annual Workplace Mental Health Conference

A Comprehensive Approach to Worker Well-Being

The modern-day workplace has evolved to place well-being front and center. Increasingly, employers are finding that creating a supportive culture improves organizational morale, lowers costs and increases productivity.

Join the University of Michigan Eisenberg Family Depression Center for the fifth annual Workplace Mental Health Conference where we will explore innovative and model programs and evidence-based practices that show current trends in workplace mental health. The lineup of speakers will show you ways to address stressors inside and outside of the workplace to improve employee mental health.

Conference Details

Date: Wednesday, August 7

Time: 12:30 p.m. EST

Location: Virtual


Register Here

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

Registration Open for the NNDC Annual Conference in Salt Lake City, UT Sept. 11-12!

The National Network of Depression Centers (NNDC) is hosting its sixteenth annual conference from September 11-12, 2024 at the Cleone Peterson Eccles Alumni House in Salt Lake City, Utah.

The conference will feature the signature blend of biological, psycho-social and systems-level programming that sets the NNDC Annual Conference apart from other conferences and events.

Join us for a dynamic set of discussions, lectures, collaboration, presentations and more! In between rigorous academic courses, the event will offer plenty of networking opportunities with NNDC members across the nation, as well as time to connect with this year’s host, the University of Utah Huntsman Mental Health Institute!

NNDC Annual Conference Links

View the Email
NNDC Website
Poster Submission
University of Utah
Become a Sponsor

Mental Health in the LGBTQ+ Community

Jeff talks to Dr. Jeff Day about mental health and the LGBTQ+ community. Jeff Day touches upon some of the challenges that the LGBTQ+ community members face regarding mental health, and the challenges they come across in receiving care. He also offers his recommendations of resources that can help make these challenges easier to work through.

Jeff Day, DNP, AGPCNP-BC, CNEcl, is a doctor of nursing practice and a clinical assistant professor at NYU Rory Meyers. He is an expert in the field of LGBTQ+ medical care and is chair of the Nursing Section of GLMA (Gay & Lesbian Medical Association). He also launched and teaches one of the first elective courses on LGBTQ+ Health in the country at NYU Rory Meyers.

View all the options to listen here!

'You can do anything here!' Thoughts from Lithuania Youth on Happiness

University is free for most students, the economy is thriving and the club scene is hot. Is it any wonder young people in Vilnius are smiling?

“I choose to be here because I like it here,” she says. “I don’t have to do work that I don’t want to do and I don’t have to work in an office.” Studios in the building, which was used to shoot the fourth season of the Netflix series Stranger Things, rent for between €100 and €500 a month (£85-£425), according to Martynas Butkevičius, whose music agency won the public tender to transform it into a cultural venue.

Rents in the country are generally low compared with other European countries – though there was a 144% increase between 2010 and 2022, the second highest in the EU after Estonia.

Despite this, says film-maker Marija Kavtaradzė, it still feels possible to carve out the career that you want in the capital. “I would say that every person who works well can live well here,” says the 33-year-old, who is just releasing her second feature, Slow. “Of course, if you are a creative and you work in culture instead of a startup, you will make less money – that’s a fact. But there is this feeling that you can still make it here.”

Read more in The Guardian here.

Surgeon General: Social Media Needs Warning Labels for Youth

U.S. Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy called Monday for placing tobacco-style warning labels on social media to alert users that the platforms can harm children’s mental health, escalating his warnings about the effects of online services such as Facebook, Instagram and TikTok.

Writing in a New York Times opinion essay, Murthy urged Congress to enact legislation requiring that social media platforms include a surgeon general’s warning to “regularly remind parents and adolescents that social media has not been proved safe.

He cited evidence that adolescents who spend significant time on social media are at greater risk of experiencing anxiety and depression and that many young people say the platforms have worsened their body image. Murthy said warning labels, like those on tobacco and alcohol products, have been shown to change people’s behaviors

Researchers and public officials have pushed to increase federal funding to study the topic, and they have criticized tech companies for not making more internal data on the matter available to the public.

But Murthy and other public officials argue there is enough evidence to suggest social media can be unsafe, regardless of gaps in research.

“One of the most important lessons I learned in medical school was that in an emergency, you don’t have the luxury to wait for perfect information,” he wrote Monday.

Read more in the Washington Post here, or the original Op-Ed linked above (subscription).

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