2015 DBSA Young Adult Council

Young adults with mood disorders between the ages of 18–29 face unique challenges as they transition from high school, to entering the workforce or college, to starting a career and/or a family of their own. The charter of the DBSA Young Adult Council is to assist in developing outreach and specialized programming to help young adults as they transition from family support to independence.

Executive Committee Members

Jenna Dauten, Co-Chair
Chicago, IL

Geralyn Dexter, Co-Chair
Tampa, FL

Emily Barner, Secretary
Wellsville, NY

Joe O’Donnell, Member at Large
Communications Committee Chair
Fairfax VA

Council Members

Brent Barna

Nicole Campbell

Jessica Crane

Molly Jenkins, Member
Chicago, IL

Daniel Rozzen

Chelsea Strangeway, General Council
Madison, WI

Kathryn Weenig 

Interested in Joining Us?

We are looking to grow the Council. If you’re an individual age 18 29 interested in the DBSA Young Adult Council, please contact YACmembership@DBSAlliance.org for more information.

Your Feedback on Young Adult Issues

In November 2013, DBSA launched a survey, Meeting the Unmet Needs of Young Adults, to collect feedback from young adults and parents of young adults on the issues of critical importance to this age group. Thank you to the 188 individuals who provided their perspective from November 11, 2013 through May 20, 2014. The two largest groups responding were young adults (42) or parents of young adults (119) living with a mood disorder.

The results will be used by DBSA and the DBSA Young Adult Council to prioritize future programming. Read survey results summary (PDF).