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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.

Council Members

Danyelle Hooks - Co-chair
Pittsburgh, PA

Megan Allen - Co-chair
Provo, UT

Bryan Barks
Washington, DC

Mary Jane Coppock
Mill Creek, WA

Martin Finnegan
Chicago, IL

Miquel Garcia
Boston, MA 

Jennifer Himstedt
Austin, TX

NaKeisha Little
Quaker Hill, CT

Emily Rivest
Chicago, IL

Jared S.
San Francisco, CA

Veronica Sickler
Schenectady, NY

Megan Walther
Three Rivers, MI

Interested in Joining Us?

We are looking to grow the Council. If you’re an individual aged 18-29 interested in the DBSA Young Adult Council, please contact for more information.

See What We're Up To!

The DBSA Young Adult Council is involved in a variety of projects including a Ask a Young Adult Questions and Answers page, a Podcast Series, an online support group and more! Check it out!

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).