While the 2015 DBSA I to We Weekend format is slightly from previous DSBA National Conferences, you can rely on DBSA to deliver the same quality of content and experiences for Friday’s and Saturday’s wellness conference and Sunday’s Leadership Forum.

What to Expect

Each year, we hear from conference attendees that one of the best things about DBSA conferences is the opportunity to connect with others...to confirm and realize that they're not alone and to learn from each other how to develop their own path to recovery.

Evaluation Statistics for the Last DBSA Conference (2013)

97% of 2013 conference survey respondents were very satisfied or satisfied with their conference experience.
95% of 2013 conference survey respondents would recommend this conference.

Peer Testimonials

Here’s what attendees at past DBSA National Conferences had to say about their experiences.

"This was my 13th consecutive conference. It was of the best I’ve ever attended. Despite how I feel this conference helped me learn, engage, empower myself and others, and connect with old and new friends across country."

"DBSA conference is an amazing collection of people, resources, info and experiences that help propel us all forward in our journey toward recovery."

"Being my first DBSA conference I wasn’t all that sure exactly what I was getting myself into. I was focusing on 'conference' I soon realized I didn’t have to focus at all because to me DBSA is family. The family I can choose! Thanks for an enlightening experience."

"Once again, the conference was awesome! Staff at DBSA terrific—very friendly, personable, extremely helpful. A lot of work goes into this event every year. Kudos to DBSA!"

"I'm an addict/chemical dependency and family member of someone with bipolar. Although I do not have a mental illness diagnosis, I found so many of conference experiences directly related and applicable to my issues with chemical dependency."

"Thank you for presenting an enviornment of hope, empowerment, and recovery. I can be me here, and that makes a big difference in my life, if only for a couple days."

“Congratulations on 25 years! Anyone with a mood disorder needs to attend this conference. Personally, I now feel less alone, less stigmatized, and less misunderstood. The information I’ve gained is immense and will be passed on to my therapists and loved ones.”

"The information, the people, the hope! Well done!"

“This is an excellent opportunity for people living with these disorders as consumers or family members to learn about their illness and also to share coping skills with their peers.”

“The conference is just so inspiring to me and I am encouraged to go back home and continue the work of improving the lives of people living with mood disorders in my small town. Thank you for this special event each year!”

“I truly enjoyed myself. I made a lot of new friends whose stories touched my heart. I am so glad I came!”

“Wonderful, Inspiring, informative experience; have never attended such an event and would like to express my sincere thanks and admiration to the DBSA staff for the wonderful work they are doing. Well done!”

“Great experience for my family, especially my daughter who is 19 and can see there is hope and empowerment!”

“DBSA and this conference are essential in advancing the education on mental illness.”

“I can truly say that this was the best conference I have attended and I hope to go to the next one.”

“By far the best conference I have attended in my 10 years working in consumer operated service programs! Fantastic speakers!”

"This was the most important experience I have had since I was first diagnosed--I finally found others who understood--even without having to say a thing. I don't feel so alone."

"The conference turned out to be much, much, much better than what I expected. The speakers, the workshops were fantastic. I have a better understanding of my son's illness. Thank you!"

"That there are people of all races, ages, and socioeconomic status that are feeling the effects of mental illnesses from a loved one. I like the camaraderie. People let down their guard. They were very sincere and compassionate. I saw a lot of tears and that was touching."

Everything I learned was pertinent and stimulated ideas to implement at the local chapter."

"The energy generated by these conferences will have a wellness ripple effect throughout all those touched by the attendees when they go home. For sure, an event that will "improve the lives of those living with mood disorder."

"By attending the DBSA conference, I have been able to meet and network with other peers who have a plethora of knowledge, insight, and resources on how to run a successful DBSA chapter."

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