Chapter Leadership Forum

Kean University (Union, New Jersey)
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Welcome to DBSA's 2014 Chapter Leadership Forum (CLF): From Surviving to Thriving!

I'm sure you've all experienced someone saying to you, "Why would you want to go to a group full of people with depression and bipolar disorder? Wouldn't that be, well, depressing?"

These people have clearly not been to DBSA support groups! If they had, they'd know our groups are full of laughter, fun and, yes, sometimes tears. Depression and Bipolar Disorder are serious illnesses that can make people feel alone, afraid, sad and a myriad of other feelings. But DBSA chapters offer a look into the other side—that people can and do get better, that recovery is possible and that while a reduction of symptoms is a good place to start, we can expect much more.

Attending your DBSA support group may be the first place a person hears this. What an awesome responsibility we all have then to make sure the message is sent loud and clear!

Join us for this special one-day forum for chapter leaders and support group participants. We'll get helpful tips from several of our thriving chapters, learn how to keep our groups recovery-focused and talk about how we can meet people at their level of recovery—all while sharing best practices from our home chapters.

Don't miss out! Past participants tell us they love coming to Chapter Leadership Forum because they get to meet their fellow chapter leaders, get new ideas and just have some fun so they can go home with a renewed energy.

There are two ways to participate!

Spread the word! Attending CLF is a great way to get participants more involved in your chapter!

Special Invite for CLF Attendees to an Exclusive Interview
with Demi Lovato

August 16, 2014, 4:45 PM–5:30 PM (Saturday night before CLF)

Demi Lovato As part of their registration, attendees of the DBSA 2014 Chapter Leadership Forum (CLF) and/or the DBSA NJ 2014 Conference are invited to an exclusive interview with Demi Lovato, hosted by DBSA President Allen Doederlein. Ms. Lovato—a platinum-selling recording artist, songwriter, New York Times’ best-selling author, actress, and mental health advocate*—will share her own story of resilience and learning to live well with bipolar disorder.

Don’t miss this special weekend. Space is limited!

* Demi Lovato’s participation in the DBSA From Surviving to Thriving Weekend is part of The Mental Health Listening & Engagement Tour supported by Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc.