DBSA 2011 National Conference Special Events

TICKET PRICES for Special Events
(Vary by Date of Purchase)

Early Bird = On/Before April 15    
Advance = Between April 16 - May 13   
Late & On-site = On/After May 14

Wellness Fair  

Facing Us Wellness Fair
Thursday, 10:00 a.m. 6:30 p.m
This FREE community event will feature information, exhibits, and short presentations focused on ways to keep ALL of you healthy—your body and mind! Learn about resources to improve your physical and mental health—heart health, nutrition, exercise, mediation, smoking cessation, diabetes, mental health, and much more. Download the flyer (PDF) or visit the Facing Us Wellness Fair page for more information.


Friend's Reception Benefit

  Friends Reception Benefit:
Special Guests David Granirer and Gary Levering
Thursday evening, 7:00 p.m. -  9:00 p.m.
Imperial Suite, 24th Floor
$40 / $60 / $80 
This annual fundraiser benefits the DBSA Chapter Leadership Forum (CLF) Scholarship Fund. The fund allows chapter leaders who would otherwise be unable to attend a DBSA conference and CLF. DBSA chapters and support groups serve more than 70,000 people annually. CLF provides these groups’ leaders with the training they need to achieve positive change in their communities through advocacy, community engagement, education, and peer support.
Conference Orientation   Conference Orientation
with conference registration
Friday evening, 6:30 p.m. -  7:00 p.m.
For 1st-time attendees or anyone seeking tips on how to make the most of their conference experience!
Conference Meet & Greet   Conference Meet & Greet
with conference registration
Friday evening, 7:00 p.m. -  8:00 p.m.
Meet other conference attendees, DBSA staff, and select conference presenters at this informal gathering. It's a great way to network and connect with old and new friends!
Klerman Award Presentation   Klerman Award Presentation
with conference registration
Saturday, 9:30 a.m. - 10:45 p.m.
DBSA is proud to honor two leading mental health researchers (Roy Perlis, M.D., M.Sc., and Mark Bauer, M.D.) with the Klerman Awards at this year’s conference. Named after Gerald L. Klerman, MD, a pivotal figure in psychiatry, these are the highest honors that DBSA extends to members of the scientific community. They recognize a young and senior researcher whose work contributes to understanding the causes, diagnosis, and treatment of depression and bipolar disorder. Read press release


  The 2010 Klerman Young Investigator Award recipient is Roy Perlis, M.D., M.Sc. 
Massachusetts General Hospital, Bipolar Clinical and Research Program
  The 2010 Klerman Senior Investigator Award recipient is Mark Bauer, M.D.
Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
Attending Psychiatrist, VA Boston Healthcare System
Associate Director, Center for Organization, Leadership, and Management Research COLMR
President's Lunch Fundraiser  

President’s Lunch Fundraiser
with Special Guest, Patty Duke
Saturday, 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
$400/ $450 / $500 per ticket

Join DBSA Interim Co-Executive Directors Allen Doederlein and Cindy Specht; DBSA Board Chair, Christy Beckmann; and our special guest, Patty Duke, to discuss ideas and offer feedback on DBSA’s important work. Ticket includes:

Patty Duke
Special Guest
Patty Duke

  • complimentary full conference registration (Saturday morning through Sunday noon) 
  • commemorative gift.

Proceeds will benefit the DBSA Chapter Leadership Forum (CLF) Scholarship Fund.

David Granirer  

Stand-Up Comedy Night
Saturday evening, 7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
$5 / $10 / $15

Come laugh your head off on Saturday night, May 21, with David Granirer, a stand-up comic and founder of the Stand Up For Mental Health project! David, 10 conference attendees (newly trained as stand-up comics) and comic alumni will put on a show that looks at the lighter side of taking meds, seeing counselors, getting diagnosed and surviving the mental health system.

Stand Up For Mental Health aims to reduce public stigma around mental illness and spread a message of hope, confidence, and empowerment. Those with mental illness are always being told what they can’t do. In this show, they prove what they CAN do! Learn more.  



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