DBSA National Office Events

Advocacy and Wellness

Date: June 30, 2017
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm, Central Time

Join us for a webinar with DBSA's Advocacy Vice President, Phyllis Foxworth, about advocacy and wellness. This presentation will help chapters understand the three categories of advocacy programs offered by DBSA: legislative, communications, and community outreach. Webinar attendees will learn about DBSA's specific programs and how their support group participants can be involved when advocacy is important part of their wellness.

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Join us for a conversation about parental mental health!  

July 19, 2017
7:00 pm, Central Time

About the Webinar: Building Family Bonds: Learn To Talk To Your Children about Your Mental Health Condition
Speaker: Evan Kaplan, Executive Director of Child and Family Connections

At Child and Family Connections, we are parents who live with a mental health challenge. Despite our best intentions, our mental health effects our family and our children. Due to feelings of guilt, shame, or inadequacy we are afraid to or don’t know what to say, so we rarely, if ever, talk about it. When we remain silent, our children may be fearful, resentful, and self-blaming. Talking about parental mental health with our children strengthens family relationships and builds trust and resiliency. In this webinar, Building Family Bonds, we will teach you how. We will touch upon ways a parent can communicate with a child who has a mental health condition as well.

About our Guest Speaker: Evan Kaplan, Executive Director of Child and Family Connections              
When nine-year-old Charlotte asked to meet other kids who have a parent with a mental health condition, it was a milestone in a journey that began a decade earlier with her father's institutionalization, destitution, and near-death from his bipolar disorder. Evan and his daughter co-founded Child & Family Connections, Inc. (CFC), the first nonprofit dedicated exclusively to parental mental illness. CFC improves the lives of families living with parental mental illness in meaningful ways—through peer-informed education, advocacy, and support. 

Evan is a frequent speaker at conferences, in classrooms, and at community events. Evan and Charlotte are the recipients of the Devereux Community of Hope Award. He is a graduate of the Executive Leadership Program at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, a graduate of Bryn Mawr College’s Nonprofit Executive Leadership Institute, and a Certified Peer Specialist. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in English from the Pennsylvania State University.

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