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JOIN US AS WE SHIFT FOCUS FROM ILLNESS TO WELLNESS

Join us for our 30th Anniversary peer-centered wellness conference and leadership forum. We're pulling out all the stops to create a weekend focused on building wellness, creating community of support and finding our voices. Whether your a first-time or long-time DBSA conference attendee, this is one weekend you won't want to miss! http://bit.ly/ItoWeWeekend
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HOW TO HELP KIDS LEARN TO FAIL

Developing resilience takes trial and error. Kids who aren't allowed to fail don't get the practice they need to bounce back and try again. http://bit.ly/1K9hGDf
Developing resilience takes trial and error. Kids who aren't allowed to fail don't get the practice they need to bounce back and try again, so they can be easily derailed by minor mishaps.
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The Mighty Site asked its Facebook followers for favorite pieces of non-medical advice their doctors have given them. Turns out, a lot of doctors really do get it. Take a look: http://bit.ly/1PI5yrr
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LIFE UNLIMITED: Meet Ivy

"I didn’t realize how much damage I caused the people I loved because I refused treatment. I wanted and needed to be stronger than my illness because in the Black community, mental illness feels like it is only your burden and shame, with no help for those in need. So you walk alone. I had to decide to step out in walking alone to help others."

Each month, DBSA features new, empowering stories of individuals whose lives have been touched, but not limited by, a mood disorder. http://bit.ly/1PG9Nnp
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"Teens are not quite firing on all cylinders when it comes to the frontal lobes ... You need to be your teens’ frontal lobes until their brains are fully wired.” — Frances Jensen, author of "The Teenage Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents and Young Adults" http://nyr.kr/1K1WAXe
In adolescence, the brain is wired to experience pleasure more intensely than before or after. Credit Illustration by Édith Carron
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Pulitzer Prize nominated author and mental health advocate Andrew Solomon will share his personal experience, and thoughts on, living with depression, at DBSA's I to We Weekend next month. Join us for an inspiring celebration of hope, help and support as we shift the focus from Illness to Wellness. http://bit.ly/ItoWeWeekend
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WELLNESS TOOLBOX

The road to wellness begins with you. DBSA offers a number of tools to help you communicate better with your doctor, keep track of your symptoms and moods, record the progress you're making. http://bit.ly/1BLnfR6
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MEET MARIEL HEMINGWAY AT I TO WE WEEKEND

Join us at the DBSA I to We Weekend to meet Academy Award nominated actress and author Mariel Hemingway, September 25-27 in greater Chicago. Mariel will share how her family legacy of mental illness compelled her to become a mental health advocate. Don't miss this opportunity to hear her inspiring story at this very special mental wellness conference that shifts the focus from Illness to Wellness– from I to We! More information: http://bit.ly/ItoWeWeekend
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BE VOCAL: Speak Up For Mental Health

When we speak up as a community we break down barriers, improve understanding, raise expectations and create opportunities to work together to improve mental health treatment in America. www.bevocalspeakup.com
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“What mental health advice would you give to incoming college freshman?” The answers, from people who’ve been there, can help at a time when mental health issues can start to arise. http://bit.ly/1JQh3yn
"Please know that there is no 'right' way to experience college."
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Thoughts on the impact of mood disorders on intimacy from Shawn Henfling of The Good Men Project: http://bit.ly/1fvFbIa
When your head isn't right, nothing else will be. Sex and our intimate relationships suffer, further stigmatizing and shaming us. It truly becomes a vicious circle.
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(800) 826-3632
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(312) 642-7243
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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