Helping Our Youngest Peers through Parent-, Teen-, and Young Adult-Focused Programs
In January, DBSA welcomed the Balanced Mind Parent Network
(BMPN), formerly The Balanced Mind Foundation, to our family,
integrating their parent online communities and helpline into DBSA
program offerings. This integration offers greater potential, through
early intervention, to help reduce the severity of mental health issues
for children as they grow and as they transition into adulthood.
DBSA will be building on the excellent BMPN programs to offer new
tools and resources for parents and teens as well as addressing the
needs of new audiences like young adults. Today, we share a new parent-focused podcast
featuring Dr. Kenneth Towbin, Chief of Clinical Child and Adolescent
Psychiatry at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) in
Bethesda, Maryland. We’re also introducing a new monthly feature in
eUpdate, the Parent Connection, offering news about expanded or new parent, child, and teen programming. Read the full story For Clinicians Section on DBSAlliance.org
DBSA is pleased to announce that the For Clinicians
section on DBSAlliance.org is now open. This section serves as a quick
resource for mental health professionals to find resources for
themselves and their patients. Because DBSA believes such shared
decision making is vital to achieving wellness, we support initiatives
that foster open dialogues between people who live with mood disorders
and clinical communities in an effort to improve the quality of mental
health care. We invite mental health professionals to learn more and or share their ideas on ways to promote collaborative care in the new For Clinicians section of DBSAlliance.org.
We will be expanding the information, tools, and resources under For
Clinicians. Please share any ideas for expansion by emailing programs@DBSAlliance.org.
Care for Your Mind: Federal agency proposes new barriers to quality mental health care.
Read and take action. February Highlights
NEW Monthly Feature
This month, Dr. Kenneth Towbin of NIMH shares the latest research on bipolar disorder in children and adolescents. Read the article.
Candid on Camera
"American Idol": Chasing stardom, fighting stigma. Read the article.
The Power of Peers
envisions wellness for people who live with depression and bipolar
disorder. Because DBSA was created for and is led by individuals living
with mood disorders, our vision, mission, and programming are always
informed by the personal, lived experience of peers.