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. Click here to read full statement.
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. You can 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
NEW! From DBSA National- New Groups & Resources to Help Families
The DBSA Teen Council is a group of high school students (ages 15-18) that meet with DBSA each month to discuss issues impacting teen mental health, particularly for those living with depression or bipolar disorder. The group advises DBSA on the types of resources teens need to support mental wellness and creates its own resources to share with the DBSA community. If you are a teen, aged 15-18, who is interested in joining the DBSA Teen Council, please fill out the application.
NEW! Online Support Groups For Teens Aged 14-17
DBSA now offers support groups for teens aged 14-17 living with mood disorders such as depression or bipolar disorder. Support groups will take place virtually twice a week, Mondays at 5:30 p.m. CDT and Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. CDT. Space is limited, please apply online:
NEW! Online Caregiver Support Groups
DBSA has just launched pilot support groups for parents and caregivers of children living with mood disorders, such as depression and bipolar disorder. Registration for the Parent and Caregiver Support Groups pilot powered by Haven Now is open. The parent and caregiver support groups are 90-minute online support groups organized by the age group of the child: Young Children (4-10), Tweens (11-13), Teens (14-17), Young Adults (18-25), and Adults (26+). Register online: https://www.dbsalliance.org/education/newsletters/dbsa-launches-support-groups-for-parents-caregivers/
NYC’s Robert Louis Stevenson School's P2P Network is proud to partner with DBSA National. The P2P Network offers parent-driven resources and support in real time. Personal and intimate, this monthly online forum, hosted by the school, is free and open to parents and primary caregivers nationwide raising emotionally complex children and young adults. Attendees offer and ask for resources and share parenting experiences. , Call Jerry to participate 212-787-6400. All meetings are on Thursdays, 1:00 PM ET. The next meeting is Nov. 17, 2022.
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FROM DBSA NATIONAL
Letter From Our CEO: DBSA Introduces Our New Tagline - Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
A Conversation with DBSA Co-Founder Rose Kurland
A Spotify podcast interview with DBSA co-founder Rose Kurland, who takes us back to the fall of 1978, when six people gathered in her living room in Glencoe, Illinois. This small but enthusiastic group laid the foundation for the life-changing work that reaches across 35 years. Rose shares highlights from DBSA's earliest years in a conversation with communications director Betsey O'Brien, giving us a glimpse of the friends, colleagues, and medical partners who have fueled decades of hope and progress for people with mood disorders. You can learn more about DBSA's origins by checking out the timeline. https://www.dbsalliance.org/our-history/
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), Trauma, and Mental Health
ACE’s are traumatic experiences during childhood (from birth to 18-years-old) which can have a lifelong effect on mental health. Examples include experiencing or witnessing abuse, neglect, or violence in early life. To learn more read this fact sheet.
DBSA Wellness Wheel - Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
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
FreeWill.com is dedicated to helping people who live with mood disorders ensure security for their loved ones.
SUBSTANCE ABUSE GROUP
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.
SERVICES FOR TEENS
Montgomery County launches the BTheOne.org website is designed for teens and families dealing with substance misuse or mental health concerns.
WEEKLY READING LINKS
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I Won’t Let Bipolar Stop Me!
From Enjoyable to Excessive: Overindulging in Hobbies
4 Ways to Help Others Help You Manage Your Bipolar
5 Steps for Building Your Bipolar Support Circle
Nature Photography: Focusing on the Positive
My “Bipolar Brain”: Constant Conversations in My Head
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