Depression and men explored at April 24 program

“Understanding Depression: Real Men, Real Stories…Real Recovery” will be explored at a program on Thursday, April 24, from 4-6 p.m. at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Zelazo Center, 2419 E. Kenwood Blvd.

The sessions will focus on four men who will share the intimate challenges of their lives with depression and their paths to recovery. “Understanding Depression” is designed for both the general public and mental health professionals.

Panelists are Jim Hill, Curtis Marshall and Ken Weidman. Mark Meier is the moderator and executive director/founder of the Minneapolis-based Face It Foundation. The foundation’s focus is on men with depression.

Meier graduated with an MSW from UWM in 1994 and has 18 years of clinical experience. He is a faculty member at the University of Minnesota in the School of Medicine. In addition to his clinical and academic credentials, he has delivered more than 150 talks on depression across the country, incorporating his own experiences with depression, suicide attempt, hospitalization and recovery.

The program is presented by Face It Foundation, Mental Health America of Wisconsin and the UWM Helen Bader School of Social Welfare, and sponsored by the Charles E. Kubly Foundation. The program is free (2 Continuing Education Hours available), but advance registration is requested at