Welcome to 2014: The Year of Thriving
DBSA welcomes 2014 with a year-long campaign, 2014: The Year of Thriving. Of course we all want to thrive, but for us at DBSA, this idea goes far beyond just being a nice sentiment or catchy campaign theme. DBSA is changing the discussion around mental health—because we believe it is crucial to shift the focus from surviving mental health symptoms to building truly thriving lives.
So in 2014, we're asking our peers, families, clinicians, researchers, politicians, and the public to expect more. We as a community need to promote and seek full wellness—because better is not well.
The cost of settling for reduced symptoms is simply too great. It is, in fact, a matter of life and death—for when residual symptoms exist, we who have mood disorders are
- at significantly greater risk of relapse
- more likely to have life-threatening co-occurring conditions, such as heart disease, hypertension, and diabetes—which is a huge factor in why individuals with mental health conditions die, on average, 25 years younger than those without mental health conditions
- at a higher risk to die by suicide
DBSA’s 2014: The Year of Thriving is a year-long focus on programming that challenges each of us to raise our personal wellness expectations from just better to truly well; to demand a new focus on treatment options and methodologies that have zero residual symptoms as the goal; and to take action, in our own lives and in service of others, to help make this goal a reality. Watch DBSA President, Allen Doederlein, share a few program highlights from DBSA’s 2014: The Year of Thriving.
We hope you join us as we change the conversation, minds, goals, and outcomes in 2014: The Year of Thriving.