Special Events

We hope you'll join us for the following events designed to enhance your weekend experience. 

Conference Orientation

FREE 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!

Meet Miami Meet & Greet

FREE with conference registration
Friday evening, 7:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.

Meet other conference attendees, DBSA staff, and many conference presenters at this fun, Miami-themed gathering. It's a great way to network and connect with old and new friends!

DBSA Evening Benefit: Biscayne Bay Boat Tour

Saturday evening, 6:00 p.m.–8:30 p.m. NOTE TIME CHANGE

Cool off Saturday night on Biscayne Bay aboard a 1.5-hour boat tour, from which the calm waters are set afire by the colorful city lights. The bay tour gives you the best vantage from which to appreciate the city’s vibrant skyline. Prior to boarding DBSA will host a reception with non-alcoholic beverages and light fare.

  • 6:00 – 6:45 Pre-Board Reception at Restaurant (See your ticket.)
  • 6:45 – 7:00 Board boat at Island Queen Cruises kiosk
  • 7:00 – 8:30 Boat Tour
  • Individuals are responsible for their own transportation back to the Hilton after the tour.

The total value of goods and services in this package is $50. The remainder of the ticket price ($25/$45) is the total value of your tax-deductible donation. Proceeds benefit DBSA programming.

DBSA Life Unlimited Award Presentation & Lunch

FREE with Sunday conference registration
Sunday, 12:15 p.m.–1:15 p.m.

During Sunday's conference lunch, DBSA will present a peer with the DBSA 2013 Life Unlimited Award, honoring individuals who exemplify a life unlimited by depression or bipolar disorder and who are actively working to help others do the same. Through the DBSA Life Unlimited Award, DBSA celebrates the strengths, inspiration, and accomplishments of peers. Learn about this award and nominate a peer that has inspired you!

President’s Lunch Fundraiser

with Special Guests Victoria Maxwell, Melody Moezzi, & Priscilla Ridgway

Sunday, 12:15 p.m.–1:15 p.m.

$450 / $500 per ticket

Join DBSA President, Allen Doederlein; DBSA Executive Vice President, Cindy Specht; DBSA Board Chair, Lucinda Jewell; and our special guests, Victoria Maxwell, Melody Moezzi, and Priscilla Ridgway to discuss ideas and offer feedback on DBSA’s important work. Net proceeds support DBSA educational programming. Your President's Lunch registration includes:

  • complimentary Saturday & Sunday conference registration
  • ticket to exclusive President's Lunch
  • commemorative gift

The total value of goods and services in this package is $200. The remainder of the ticket price ($250/$300) is the total value of your tax-deductible donation. Proceeds benefit DBSA programming.

Stand-Up Comedy Night

Sunday evening, 8:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.
$10 / $15

Come laugh your head off on Sunday night, June 16, with David Granirer, a stand-up comic and founder of the Stand Up For Mental Health project! David, ten 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!  Proceeds support Stand Up for Mental Health.


David Granirer shares why he created Stand Up for Mental Health.


Are you interested in finding your comedic voice?

DBSA and Stand Up for Mental Health are pleased to offer ten conference attendees the opportunity to be trained by David Granirer in a virtual course this spring and make their stand-up comic debut at the DBSA 2013 National Conference in Miami, FL, June 14–16, 2013. 

Apply Now

Application deadline is April 18, 2013. Applicants will be notified on/before May 1, 2013 if they have been selected for this unique opportunity.


You must register for the conference and be willing to perform there to be eligible for this training opportunity. Note comedians are provided a deeply discounted rate of $75 for a Saturday and Sunday conference registration. If accepted as a comedy student, DBSA will email you a special registration form.