Eric Scharf (of our chapter) has been appointed to serve on the DC DBH Behavioral Health Planning Council as a representative for Ward 1. This will provide an opportunity for DBSA to help address mental health issues in DC and will complement his work on the Medical Care Advisory Committee. The Council is tasked with reviewing and providing input to the state plan for use of block fund grants among other responsibilities. Input and suggestions on issues for him to address are always welcome.
DBSA National Statement on Gun Violence
The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance acknowledges the heaviness many people around the country are feeling in the wake of the recent mass shootings. Please click the link for DBSA’s official statement on gun violence and mental health.
National DBSA Annual Report 2021
Gain a closer look at the impact our chapter’s support has had on those living with depression and bipolar disorder. Through education, support, and action, the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, along with our community of mental health advocates, is lighting the way for wellness for more people than ever before.
The Medicare patient resource center is on a mission to help people with disabilities get the most out of the Medicare program (note: they do not sell or provide healthcare plans). They have published a comprehensive guide to understanding eligibility, coverage, and, most importantly, how to navigate the enrollment process.
THE NIMH MONTHLY NEWSLETTER
Sign up for the latest mental health news, research advances, upcoming events, publications, clinical trials, meeting summaries, and more. In addition to the email newsletter and RSS updates, please also visit NIMH on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube, where they highlight Science Updates, Press Releases, and other timely matters. https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/USNIMH/subscriber/new?topic_id=USNIMH_52
FURTHER READING ON BIPOLAR
Results of a One-Day Online CBT-Based Workshop Helped New Moms With Postpartum Depression
Psych Congress: Bipolar Disorder Across the Spectrum: Novel Screening Tools and Treatment Options | HMP Education
MENTAL HEALTH SUMMIT
The DBSA Summit will take place virtually October 10 - 14th. Participate in mental health learning sessions, hear from peers and experts. Topics covered: Peer Engagement, Support Group and Chapter Leadership, and Basic and Advanced Facilitator Training. Also learn how DBSA is supporting children, teens, young adults, parents, and caregivers, and much more. Keep an eye on your inbox and social media for program details and registration links!
Check out some of the sessions from last year.
DBSA NATIONAL SURVEY
Older Adults Living with Depression AND Chronic Physical Health Conditions https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/depressionANDhealth
FROM DBSA NATIONAL
National DBSA will offer facilitator training in September. California is offering three relatively short programs over the summer. They cost $25.00 for out-of-staters, but include a $25.00 gift card for those who complete them and do the evaluation.
DBSA Wellness Wheel - Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
LGBTQ+ Communities and Mental Health: Experiences of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Can Impact Overall Mental Health.
Virtual Peer Support Legislation Advances in U.S House: Is Your Healthcare Team Treating Toward Wellness?
DBSA Podcast Shares Inspiration and Compassion - Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
SUBSTANCE ABUSE GROUP
For those addressing substance abuse issues, CHOICES Trauma Informed 12 Step Peer Support Group (Mondays, 6:30 - 7:30 PM Eastern) offers an alternative to traditional AA/NA 12 step programs.
2022 Fall Forum- Psychedelic Therapy: Problems and Promises. October 27, 2022, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM EST
Manipulating Memories to Help Treat Brain Illness - Tuesday, August 9 at 2:00 EDT
Manipulating Memories to Help Treat Brain Illness | Brain & Behavior Research Foundation
For Young People on Snapchat: How to Support a Friend Who is Considering Suicide
A 75-Year-Old Female With Bipolar 1 Disorder: A Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Provides Insight on Best Practices for the Treatment of Bipolar 1 Disorder and Unmet Needs in the Field.
Video: New Developments in a Blood Test for Bipolar
Development of a Combined Digital and Biomarker Test for Bipolar Disorder
Video and Text: “Four Ways Not to React To Someone With Depression or Crisis & Healthier Alternatives” from DBSA California.
LGBTQ+ Communities and Mental Health
Researchers Identify a Neural Signature Centrally Important in Restructuring Negative Self-Beliefs
4 Essential Tips to Master Working while Coping with Depression
Well-Meaning Comments about Bipolar & Their Unintended Consequences | bpHope.com
Acceptance: The First Step Out of Bipolar Depression | bpHope.com
From Awareness to Action: The Kennedy Forum Builds Momentum for Reform
When You Feel “Stuck” with the Label of “Bipolar” after Diagnosis
Gen Z's Approach to Mental Health is Authentic, Raw, and Sometimes Dark - DBSA
TikTok and Youth Mental Health: Weighing the Pros and Cons - Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
5 Strategies for When Bipolar Depression Returns | bpHope.com
With Bipolar, Some Tokens of Advice Have Two Sides