Throughout the world, there have been numerous organizations created to help people with mental health concerns. This includes disorders such as OCD, mood disorders, ADHD, and autism, just to name a few. One of the big organizations that helps people around the United States is called, The Depression and bipolar Support Alliance. It is a not-for-profit organization and nationally recognized. Their mission statement, as stated on their main website, is “DBSA provides hope, help,
support, and education to improve the lives of people who have mood disorders.”
This organization deals mostly with the two major health concerns, depression
and bipolar disorders, although they also deal with anxiety as well. The DBSA
is a peer-led organization so it is available at all times, whenever people
need it. On the main website, it talks about how to find the right treatment
for you. There is a link that is able to provide you with a clinician near you
and talks about different medications and therapies. Its main address is located in Chicago, Illinois,
but it has hundreds of satellite places around the U. S.
The main thing they have is the support groups and chapters. Under the peer support tab, click on find a support group, and you are able to use your state and zip code to find the closest support group. They have around 650 support groups and 250 chapters. Once you find one near you, you are able to contact that specific group leader about the dates and times of the meetings. If you are unable to go to the support group or there are none located near you, they also have online support groups almost every day. To attend these sessions, you must be a member on the website which is completely free. The closest one from Deland is 11 miles away in Deltona. In Florida alone, there are 32 support groups that you can find. Under the donate tab, there is a link called annual reports and IRS 990. They have posted their annual reports from 2005 to 2016. In 2016, around 4.1 million people were touched by DBSA outreach, which is up 17% from the previous year. In 2012, the DBSA staff came up with the 2013-2017 strategic plan. This plan was to help support three directions for the DBSA, including, peer focus, advocacy, and organizational effectiveness. Their website also includes a bunch of extra things like brochures, podcasts, and videos. There is also a section for family and friends so they can learn how to help people they know with depression and bipolar disorders. If you do not have these disorders but want to help the DBSA, there are multiple training and consultations available to help. There trainings include Core peer specialist training, mental health first aid training, and support group facilitator training.
The DBSA board of directors includes nine executive members and three main directors. The three main directors are Roger McIntyre, Gregory E. Ostfeld, and Rocert C. Schwartz, Jr. If you need to contact the DBSA their main office is 55 E. Jackson Blvd, Suite 490, Chicago, Illinois, 60604, USA. Their toll-free number is (800)- 826-3632, if you want to find out more about the organization. If you are in a crisis call 911 or 1-800-273-TALK. This line is open 24/7 for anyone in need of assistance.