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Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) (national headquarters)
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PHQ-9 empowers patients by providing them with context and language for their depression. http://bit.ly/1HxXo08
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Not all providers are appropriate for every patient. Ask about experience and training. http://bit.ly/1HxXo08 #mhsm
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Become an Empowered Consumer

Patients can increase the chance of receiving evidence-based care by asking their medical and/or behavioral health provider why they are recommending a certain treatment and the strength of the research behind the recommendation. It’s perfectly appropriate to ask which evidence-based therapies are right for a specific issue. Join the conversation. http://bit.ly/1HxXo08
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FEELING LOST AND OVERWHELMED?

By connecting with other families through the Balanced Mind Parent Network, you will find a safe haven of ideas and information in the midst of the storm. You are not alone!
Join here: http://bit.ly/1qDMVs1
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STUDENT APP HELPS TEENS WITH DEPRESSION

A group of high school students knew they wanted to help teens struggling with anxiety and depression. They didn’t know their innovative new app, Safe & Sound, would take them all the way to the White House.
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High school students Stephanie Lopez, Chloe Westphal and Amanda Arellano knew they wanted to help teens curb the pressures and anxiety that lead to suicide and depression. They didn’t know their innovative new app, Safe & Sound, would take them all the way to the White House.
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ANXIETY & DEPRESSION

Almost half of the people in the U.S. who have depression also have anxiety. http://bit.ly/1Gk5SYb
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SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON SPIRITUALITY

What are your thoughts on the relationship between spirituality or religious faith and mental health? DBSA will use results from our Spirituality and Wellness Survey to help us develop programs to support wellness and recovery. This information will also help us to inform mental health providers and clergy or other religious leaders. http://svy.mk/1GXKGYc
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8 THINGS I WISH I KNEW BEFORE I BECOME A SPECIAL NEEDS PARENT

What would you add to the list? http://huff.to/1HMGtHl
Some days are going to be tough. You are going to fall into bed at the end of them and be amazed that you survived! But you will survive those days, and there will be so many wonderful, happy, love-filled days that will far outnumber the tough ones i...
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What Role Do Patients Play in Improving Quality of Care? A Big One.

Research shows patients who are involved in their own healthcare receive higher quality care and achieve better health outcomes. When it comes to mental health care, there is a lag in patient involvement, often because of the stigma attached to mental illness. In this week’s Care For Your Mind post, we examine this threat to quality health care.
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WELLNESS TIPS FROM PEERS: Depression

“Sometimes, slipping into a depression is nature’s way of saying ‘I need to rest.’ Ride it out, knowing that ‘being OK’ will resurface as time moves forward. When I recover from a depressive bout, I usually awaken with some great insights to carry me on even better than before.”

Visit the Facing Us Clubhouse to get more tips, create your own, track your wellness and connect with peers. http://www.facingus.org/
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NOTE FROM ALLEN

DBSA President Allen Doederlein reflects on the recent "Fixing America's Mental Healthcare System" briefing in Washington, and shares his thoughts on the important role "lived experience" should play in finding solutions and defining policy. http://bit.ly/1H2YVLs
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In their circles
10 people
Have them in circles
312 people
Tina Duggins's profile photo
Hard Pill To Swallow - my manic memoir's profile photo
Katina Gregory-Hinson's profile photo
PCH Treatment Center's profile photo
Charlene Elam's profile photo
Shira Raider's profile photo
Mickey Gorham Bing's profile photo
Mark Stevens's profile photo
RachelAnne Herring's profile photo
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(800) 826-3632
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(312) 642-7243
Address
730 N. Franklin Street, Suite 501 Chicago, Illinois 60654-7225
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This is the official Google+ page for DBSA, the leading patient-directed national organization focusing on the most prevalent mental illnesses.
Introduction

Support Alliance (DBSA) is the leading peer-directed national organization focusing on depression and bipolar disorder support.  We provide hope, help, support, and education to improve the lives of people who have mood disorders; and, we envision wellness for people who live with these conditions. Our vision, mission, and programming are always informed by the personal, lived experience of peers.

Our tag line, “We’ve been there.  We can help.” Is far more than a catchy slogan.  DBSA is led by and was created for individuals living with mood disorders.  This experience informs everything we do at DBSA:

  • Peer-led support groups
  • Information on how to help others
  • In-depth information on mood disorders
  • Balanced Mind Parent Network
  • Wellness tools and resources
  • Family Helpline