The Counseling Center has successfully brought together members of the Suffolk community to address the stresses that lead to student depression through the five-year-old Action for Depression Awareness, Prevention, & Treatment -- or ADAPT -- program.

To share its successful strategies, the Counseling Center is offering the 2007 ADAPT Conference on April 13-14.

Campus personnel across the country are seeing increasing numbers of students at risk for depression and suicide, according to Professor and Counseling Center Staff Psychologist Paul Korn.

“ADAPT focuses on getting the entire community involved in prevention,” said Korn, who is co-director of the ADAPT Project.

The ADAPT program reaches out to the community so that all professionals in the system -- not only counselors, but also faculty and administrators – can understand what depression is and avoid putting pressure on students, he said.

“Students have been responsive; professors have invited us into their classes; and the Samaritan Awards have raised awareness,” said Korn.

An article about the ADAPT program, “A Successful Community-Based Intervention for Addressing College Student Depression” was published in the Journal of College Student Development in January 2006.

The first session of the ADAPT Conference, “Innovative Community-based Approaches to Addressing College Student Depression and Suicide Prevention: A Working Conference,” on Friday, April 13, is free and open to all on a first-come, first served basis. Participants will share information on how to be involved as a community in addressing depression and potential suicide.

On Saturday, April 14, 2007, the Counseling Center, in collaboration with the Suicide Prevention Resource Center and the American Association of Suicidology, will present “Assessing and Managing Suicide Risk: Core Competencies for University and College Counseling Center Staffs.” There is a fee for this workshop.