Monday, January 27, 2014

How Will Your Child Thrive in 2014?

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Welcoming Familiar Faces to the Team
DBSA is excited to welcome The Balanced Mind Parent Nework to our core services. We are also pleased to welcome several familiar BMPN staff and volunteer leaders to our team. As previously announced, Julia Small will be lead on parent network resources and programming efforts. Shira Raider will be working on DBSA communications and educational programs, and Susan Resko will be leading DBSA's fundraising efforts.

2014: The Year of Thriving
DBSA welcomes 2014 with a year-long campaign, 2014: The Year of Thriving. Of course we all want our children and families to thrive, but for us at DBSA, this idea goes far beyond just being a nice sentiment or catchy campaign theme. DBSA is changing the discussion around mental health
because we believe it is crucial to shift the focus from surving mental health symptoms to building truly thriving lives.

So in 2014, we're asking our peers, families, clinicians, researchers, politicians and the public to expect more. We as a community need to promote and seek full wellness
because better is not well.

The cost of settling for reduced symptoms is simply too great. It is, in fact, a matter of life and death
for when residual symptoms exist, people with mood disorders are:
  • at significantly greater risk of relapse
  • more likely to have life-threatening co-occurring conditions, such as heart disease, hypertension, and diabetes—which is a huge factor in why individuals with mental health conditions die, on average, 25 years younger than those without mental health conditions
  • at a higher risk to die by suicide
DBSA's 2014: The Year of Thriving is a year-long focus on programming that challenges each of us to raise our wellness expectations from just better to truly well; to demand a new focus on treatment options and methodologies that have zero residual symptoms as the goal; and to take action, in our our children's lives and in service of others, to help make this goal a reality. Watch DBSA President, Allen Doederlein, share a few program highlights from DBSA's 2014: The Year of Thriving.

We hope you join us as we change the conversation, minds, goals and outcomes in 2014: The Year of Thriving.

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