Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance Summit will offer informative sessions, wellness resources, and support group training for mental health advocates, caregivers, and those living with depression, bipolar disorder.
Chicago, IL – The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance is hosting a virtual summit for people living with depression or bipolar disorder, their friends and family, healthcare providers, and mental health advocates. The five-day virtual summit will take place from October 10ctober 14 and those interested can register here.
The event aims to empower people living with mental health conditions, such as depression and bipolar disorder, by providing them with practical information, wellness tools and resources. The virtual summit will also be of interest to caregivers, clinicians, students, DBSA chapter leaders, and anyone else who is passionate about mental health.
Some highlights of the Summit include:
- Presentations on concrete steps attendees can take to aid in reforming the mental healthcare system
- Information on taking charge of one’s own mental healthcare
- A sneak preview of two episodes of the YouTube series State of Mind with Maurice Benard. Benard, a film and television veteran, member of the Actor’s Studio, three-time Emmy Award winner, and mental health advocate who lives with bipolar disorder, will interview DBSA CEO Michael Pollock and mental health activists Michele Bibby.
- Fun events, like a night off-Broadway, a movie screening, a cooking class, and more.
The Summit will equip attendees with free tools and resources that are not only vital to improve one’s own mental health but will also help facilitate changes to the mental health system at the local, state, and federal levels.
“Mental health is a bigger issue than ever before,” DBSA CEO Michael Pollock said. “We’re excited to bring our community together and equip them with tools and resources to improve their own mental health and the mental health system more broadly.”
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The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) is the leading national organization focusing on mood disorders, including depression and bipolar disorder, which affect over 21 million Americans account for over 50% of the nation’s suicides every year, and cost $23 billion in lost workdays and other workplace losses.
DBSA offers peer-based, wellness-oriented support and empowering services and resources available when people need them, where they need them, and how they need to receive them—online 24/7, in local support groups, in audio and video casts, or in printed materials distributed by DBSA, our chapters, and mental health care facilities across America.
Through our extensive resources and 450 support groups across the country, DBSA reaches millions of people each year with in-person and online peer support; current, readily understandable information about depression and bipolar disorder; and empowering tools focused on an integrated approach to wellness.
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