DBSA e-Update Newsletter - May 2008
Welcome to the May 2008 edition of DBSA’s e-Update! If you have any feedback for us, please e-mail discuss@DBSAlliance.org. Thanks for reading … and feel free to forward to a friend!
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You Spoke, We Listened —
New Peer-Led Roundtables at Conference
Every year, you tell us that networking and sharing with peers, and learning from each other, are some of the most important benefits of our conferences. With this year’s theme, “The Power of Peers,” what better time to offer you more new ways to do that?
At the 2008 National Conference, we’re excited to offer you Power of Peers Roundtables. In these peer-led, small group discussions, network with peers from around the country, share knowledge and be creative. See what it’s like to have the Power of Peers on your side—the power of new friends, novel solutions and practical tools for a lifetime of wellness!
Click here to register, and learn more,
about the DBSA 2008 National Conference, “The Power of Peers.”
A Video Message
from a Support Group Participant
In this video (click the photo to be directed to the video page), filmed at a recent Facing Us event, Matt Cortese shares part of his story. Last year, he joined a DBSA support group in the Houston area with his wife who was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Attending the meetings shed light on mood disorders for Matt: “I didn’t know there were so many problems in the world,” he says. But participating also showed him the “genuine concern from every member of the group” for people just like themselves, who share the same needs, the same hurts.
DBSA’s support group brought to light for Matt and his wife the reality of mood disorders and the power of peer support. They now volunteer as the group’s co-facilitators, bringing that light to others. You can also help people like the Corteses continue to benefit from, and provide, peer support. How? Just a few dollars will help us reach the Ignite the Light campaign’s $10,000 mark to offer hope, help and support to the 21 million Americans, and their families, who live with depression and bipolar disorder. Help us to Ignite the Light … and Strike Up Support by passing on this video message to a friend — just click on "Forward to a friend" at the top right of this email.
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