President’s Letter

No one person could have achieved all that we—the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance’s strong, creative, and resilient community of peers who share lived experience of depression and bipolar disorder—have accomplished since we first incorporated nationally in 1986. DBSA’s successes in improving the understanding, acceptance, and treatment of mood disorders; helping people attain and sustain wellness; and transforming how we think and speak about mental health conditions and the people who live with them have been the result of the contributions of millions over three decades.

There may be as many points of view about depression and bipolar disorder as there are people who either have these conditions or know someone who does—and that’s a lot of points of view! Sometimes, we who have identified mood disorders as a cause may disagree—quite passionately—about what is “right” in terms of language, treatment, research, attitude, and advocacy. But DBSA’s foundational principles have allowed everyone, regardless of their perspective, to take a stand for healthy individuals and communities. We have always been champions of

As we celebrated DBSA’s longtime and continuing journey from I to We during this thirtieth anniversary year, we reached an impressive 3.4 million people with tools and resources for people with mood disorders and their families; in-person support groups within local communities and the online Balanced Mind Parent Network; and policy-related initiatives on local and national issues that affect people with depression and bipolar disorder. We held rousing, galvanizing I to We events in Colorado Springs, Los Angeles, New York, and our hometown of Chicago. And we took great pride in working with, and learning from, our vibrant community: individuals with mood disorders, our DBSA chapters, peer support groups, peer specialists, Veterans, family members, clinicians, researchers like the team of the MoodNetwork Patient-Powered Research Network, and other advocates from the broad and diverse mental health community.

Indeed, sustaining a national organization with diverse and passionate stakeholders takes all of us, and we thank the board, staff, chapter, and volunteer leaders who have built a strong organization that enjoys top ratings from groups like Charity Navigator and GuideStar. We thank our generous investors who believe so deeply in our mission and programming and contribute the much-needed resources that allow DBSA’s work to continue and grow. Your support has facilitated the transformation from I to We, and we are honored and humbled to continue our journey with such loyal donors, volunteers, and peers.

Thank you,

Allen Doederlein
Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance