DBSA e-Update February 2011

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Patty Duke and Susan Blauner to Keynote at Conference!

Nominate Your Chapter for DBSA’s Chapter Service Awards!

Receive Certification in Mental Health First Aid in May Upcoming Webinars on Health Care Reform
Become a Part of the New Peer Specialist Workforce! Stay on Track with the DBSA Wellness Tracker

DBSA-University of Michigan Research Collaboration Highlighted at ACMHA Conference


Patty Duke and Susan Blauner to Keynote at Conference!

We couldn't be more thrilled to tell you about our newest keynote speakers at the DBSA 2011 National Conference: Peer Connections! Academy Award winning actress, author and advocate, Patty Duke, and critically-acclaimed author, educator, and advocate, Susan Blauner, will share their inspirational stories of hope and courage. Read below for Patty’s and Susan’s biography and for the latest on all of the presentations, speakers, and special events and visit: www.DBSAlliance.org/Conference2011.

Register by March 31 and Save with Our Early Bird Rate!
Download the conference registration form (PDF), call (800) 826-3632, or register online.

Patty DukePatty Duke, Academy Award winning actress, past President of the Screen Actors Guild, and best selling author, has been delighting and challenging audiences for more than 40 years with her work in movies, television and on Broadway. She has established herself as one of televisions most versatile and beloved actresses. Patty has received much recognition from her peers—An Oscar, two Golden Globes, three Emmy Awards and six Emmy Nominations and a People's Choice Award. Community service awards have honored her commitment to many social issues. Since the publication of her autobiography, Call Me Anna, and her second book, A Brilliant Madness, Patty spends a great deal of time and travel speaking on the topics of bipolar disorder and mental illness.


Susan Rose Blauner Susan Rose Blauner is a powerful voice in the fields of mental health recovery and personal change. A survivor of multiple suicide attempts, she has the unique distinction of transforming her experience with depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and borderline personality disorder into the critically-acclaimed book How I Stayed Alive When My Brain Was Trying to Kill Me. Susan delivers dynamic keynotes and workshops that discuss the intricacies of healing from mental illness, and offers strategies for staying positive despite uncertain times. Susan is a recipient of the Survivor Achievement Award for Distinguished Creativity and Personal Effort in Suicide Prevention, presented by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Her work continues to empower and save lives throughout the world.

Susan will also be leading a Pre-Conference Institute: Staying Alive from the Inside on Friday, May 20 at 1:30pm. During this session she will discuss life after suicidal ideation and give strategies to deepen commitment to overall health, rethink self-imposed limitations, and plan for the future while staying focused on the present.

Online Hotel Reservation Center Now Open!
Book your stay at Westin Galleria online or by phone and receive a discounted rate of $109/night for single or double occupancy. Visit the hotel and travel center for more information.

Depression and Bipolar Support AllianceReceive Certification in Mental Health First Aid in May

DBSA is proud to present Mental Health First Aid training from our unique perspective as the nation’s leading consumer directed mental health organization. Mental Health First Aid is a 12-hour certification course designed to give members of the public key skills to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. Randomized controlled trials and a quantitative study have proven the effectiveness of this training course in improving participant knowledge of mental disorders, reducing stigma, and increasing the amount of help provided to others.

This course offers an ideal opportunity for consumers, friends or family members to learn how to recognize common symptoms of mental health and substance use problems, how to provide initial help, and how to assist an individual in obtaining appropriate assistance. Join us May 23-24, 2011 at the Westin Galleria in Houston, Texas, following the DBSA National Conference. Register today.

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance

Become a Part of the New Peer Specialist Workforce!

Are you are a person living with a mental illness who wants to use your experiences to assist your peers in moving forward to recovery? If so, working as a Peer Specialist may be the next step for you. This workforce is growing nationwide with expanding employment and volunteer opportunities. DBSA’s nationally-recognized Peer Specialist training and certification orients participants to a recovery philosophy, and prepares them to use peer-delivered services to enhance treatment strategies. Our curriculum meets competency standards established by the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Mental Health Services.

The next DBSA Peer Specialist training course will be held March 21-25, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois.

Chicago School of Professional Psychology
325 N. Wells St., Chicago

Registration Fee
$975 per person includes training materials, beverage breaks, and post-training certification testing.

Submitting an application does not guarantee that you will be selected. All applicants will be notified of their selection status no later than February 28, 2011.


Depression and Bipolar Support AllianceDBSA-University of Michigan Research Collaboration Highlighted at ACMHA Conference

A poster session on the new Consumer Information Clearinghouse for Depression-Bipolar Research has been selected for presentation at the 2011 Summit of the American College of Mental Health Administration (ACMHA) next month in New Orleans. DBSA Vice President of Training, Lisa Goodale, and DBSA special consultant, Dr. Allen Daniels, will describe the goals and activities of the research project to attendees. This groundbreaking initiative funded by a multi-year grant from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) will inform and enable consumer involvement in depression, bipolar, and mood research through a partnership between researchers and individuals living with mood disorders. A Steering Council of consumers and researchers has been established, and the Clearinghouse Web site and toll-free information line will go live later this year.

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance

Nominate Your Chapter for DBSA’s Chapter Service Awards!

It's one of our favorite times of year—it's time to recognize the exceptional accomplishments of our chapters throughout 2010! DBSA chapters are always up to amazing things, now it's your chance to showcase your successes! DBSA will be presenting awards for the following categories:

  • Small Chapter Service
  • Large Chapter Service
  • Chapter Professional Advisor Service
  • Chapter Rookie Service
  • State Organization Service

Each winning chapter will receive a cash award and one free registration to attend Chapter Leadership Forum and the DBSA 2011 National Conference.

Read more information about these awards or fill out a nomination.
Hurry! Submissions are due by Friday, March 4th.

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance

Upcoming Webinars on Health Care Reform

SAMHSA is offering internally managed training opportunities as well as trainings managed by their external partners. All individuals are encouraged to participate in these opportunities to help SAMHSA achieve its mission to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities.

SAMHSA Sponsored Webinar: Parity 101:
The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act

When: February 17, 2011, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

ACMHA & SAMHSA Sponsored: Accountable Care Organizations
Featuring Dale Jarvis, BA, CPA, MCPP Consulting
When: Wednesday, March 9, 2011 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Registration is not yet open for this session stay tuned.

SAMHSA Sponsored Webinar: Parity 201
When: March 10, 2011, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Depression and Bipolar Support AllianceStay on Track with the DBSA Wellness Tracker

The DBSA Wellness Tracker is one of many customizable tools in the Facing Us Clubhouse at FacingUs.org, your online home for wellness. Use it to monitor, daily or weekly, the many things that influence your health—body and mind. It allows you to chart your moods, symptoms, lifestyle, medication, and overall physical health. Setting aside a few minutes at the same time each day/week to record how you’re doing will help you keep your mind and body “on track.”

Use the reports to see, at a glance, any trends or patterns in your health that your tracking might show. Use them with your clinician to see how effective your treatment is and make the choices that are right for you.

To access the Wellness Tracker visit the Facing Us Clubhouse
Joining the Facing Us Clubhouse is easy and free!

A Note about FacingUs.org
When you visit the Facing Us Clubhouse, you'll notice that several "rooms," including the room that houses wellness tips, require you to log in or create an account. Why is this necessary? Because in these sections, you are creating personal journals, books or a plan that is uniquely yours. So, we need a way to pull your unique information—like pulling your file out of a filing cabinet.

Joining the Facing Us Clubhouse is easy and FREE! We only need two things to create an account just for you—your e-mail and a password. Please be assured that we will not distribute or sell your information to anyone outside of the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance. The media room and creativity center on the site does not require registration. The only reason we require registration for other parts of the site is so that you can create your own personal wellness tools.