DBSA National Conference

Several years ago, DBSA started holding our National Conference every other year. Since our last conference was in 2013, our next conference will be held in 2015. To date, no location has been determined. We always make announcements about the date and city of the conference 9-12 months in advance via our monthly eUpdate newsletter, on our website, and on our social media channels. We will have an announcement about the 2015 conference late summer or early fall.

DBSA 2013 National Conference

The DBSA 2013 National Conference, Stronger Together, is a weekend-long event that connects you with a community of peers, with leading researchers in the field of mood disorders, and with the skills you need to discover and employ your own personal strengths for better living. Over the course of three days in sunny Miami, FL, Stronger Together delivers hope, help, education, and inspiration through moving keynote speeches, skills-based breakout sessions, support groups, and special events.

Breakout sessions cover an array of topics, including personal wellness, non-pharmaceutical treatment strategies, life enhancing skills, information on research advancements, and a designated track for peer specialists seeking continuing education credit.

Keynote Speakers

DBSA is honored to have the following inspirational individuals present keynotes at this year's conference. Each of our keynote speakers exemplifies how our lives need not be limited by a mood disorder. They provide hope and inspiration to that we can do much more than survive—we can thrive! 

Patrick J. Kennedy
Patrick Kennedy
Victoria Maxwell
Victoria Maxwell
Melody Moezzi
Melody Moezzi
Listen to DBSA's latest podcast with Melody.
Priscilla Ridgway
Priscilla Ridgway

The Stronger Together Weekend

Each day of the conference promises a full schedule of dynamic programming. Download conference brochure.

Friday, June 14: DBSA Chapter Leadership Forum

Stronger together as a community.

A day for DBSA chapter and support group members to share best practices and knowledge about how to improve levels of support in their groups and their communities. This day is also appropriate for anyone looking for information on how to start or improve peer-led support groups. Learn more.

Saturday, June 15: DBSA and ISBD Partnering for Success Joint Day

Stronger together as partners in wellness.

A day for individuals living with a mood disorder to brainstorm with some of the world’s leading clinicians and researchers on strategies for improving collaboration to enhance effective outcomes.  Learn more.

Sunday, June 16: DBSA Embracing Wellness

Stronger together as peers embracing our inner strength.

A day for peers to learn from each other and leading experts in the field of mental health about strength-based wellness strategies. Learn more.

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance COMEDY NIGHT
David Granirer (stand-up comic and founder of Stand Up for Mental Health) presents ten conference attendees newly trained as comics in a stand-up comedy performance that looks at the lighter side of taking meds, seeing counselors, getting diagnosed, and surviving the mental health system. Proceeds support Stand Up for Mental Health, a comedy training initiative that aims to reduce public stigma around mental health conditions and spread a message of hope, confidence, and empowerment.

Register early for all three days to receive the best value.

Monday, June 17

Post-Conference Institutes

DBSA’s post-conference institutes on Monday, June 17, delve deeper into such topics as impulsivity and entrepreneurship. Learn more.