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UVU’S 4th Annual Mental Health Symposium To Focus On Depression

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January 25, 2013

For Immediate Release

University Marketing & Communications: Mike Rigert (801) 863-6807

Written by: Karissa Neely (801) 863-6807

Utah Valley University will host the 4th annual Mental Health Symposium: Focus on Depression  Jan. 31 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Sorensen Student Center.

Presented by the College of Humanities & Social Sciences, the conference’s theme of depression was selected because individual cases of depression are on the rise nationally. The issue is also of significant concern in Utah.

“Based upon community feedback, we believe that the topic of depression is of vital interest and concern,” said Toni Harris, an assistant dean in the college. “It is the goal of Utah Valley University and the College of Humanities & Social Sciences to be a source of education, resources and information to our community. It is our sincere desire to provide opportunities for the community to join us on our campus to hear from local and national experts on the topic.”

The goal of this symposium is to provide information on the wide-range of issues specific to the topic of depression. The symposium will start with a keynote presentation from Kris Doty, a UVU assistant professor of psychology and director of the university’s social work field education. Doty will present the findings of her latest research into Mormon women diagnosed with depression.

Presenters will also focus on male depression, resources for families dealing with depression, and depression among college-age students. This conference is designed to meet the needs of university students, mental health professionals and community participants, and open a dialogue for diagnosis, treatment and resources within the community.

“We are thrilled by the quality of speakers and presentations included in this year’s symposium,” Harris said. “The program will feature a keynote presentation and various concurrent presentations intended to help participants investigate various aspects of depression.”

The focus of this symposium is timely. According to a study done in 2007 by Mental Health America (formerly known as the National Mental Health Association), Utah ranked the lowest of all states in its “depression status.” Nationally, Utahns also have the highest use of antidepressants as reported in local Salt Lake City media.

The cost to register for this event is $19, and includes lunch. To register, visit www.uvu.edu/chss/mentalhealth/. Parking will be available in the Lakeside Visitor Parking Lot, located just past the main campus entrance roundabout near the Woodbury Business and Browning Administration buildings.

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About UVU

Utah Valley University is located in Orem, Utah, and is home to more than 30,000 students. UVU began as a vocational school during World War II, and in the seven decades since has evolved into a technical school, community school, state college and, finally, a comprehensive regional teaching university. UVU is one of Utah’s largest institutions of higher learning and offers programs ranging from career training to high-demand master degrees, with emphasis on undergraduate education.

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