What Your Peers Say
about DBSA National Conferences
Each year, we hear from conference attendees that one of the best things about our conferences is the opportunity to connect with others...to confirm and realize that they're not alone and to learn from each other how to develop their own path to recovery. Listen to what attendees at past DBSA National Conferences had to say about their experiences.
> Kristen Finn
Family Member Story
> Bill Coussons
DBSA Chapter Member Story
> Lew Yago
“Somewhere in the course of the DBSA conference, I made a paradigm shift from a survival mentality to a recovery model. That changes everything about my future outlook.”
“I just had to contact you to say how phenomenal and appropriate the ‘Stand Up for Mental Health’ with David Granirer was as an ending to an informative, helpful and … entertaining conference. I was able to attend with my husband Friday and Saturday. We are so glad we came. We both found the classes and speakers to be wonderful. The ‘Peer Roundtables’ on Friday were amazing. You could see the light-bulb moments for people with the exchange of ideas! My only dilemma was WHICH topic to attend when all 3 were applicable! Victoria Maxwell was an incredible speaker. No one can ever know the depths of [bipolar disorder] until one hears their triumphs and ongoing challenges. "
“Thank you, thank you! It is giving me hope to see that I am not ALONE!”
“Thank you! I don’t feel so alone now. I have made friends that are dealing with the same issues as me (my children have bipolar/depression). I feel more empowered to help them and to help others.”
“The conference really helped my mom understand what I have been going through and the challenges I face. Before the conference, she was not supportive of my illness at all."
“I have attended many conferences, and this was the best! I felt cared for, the information was interesting and applicable, and the support and networking were unbelievable to me as a parent and provider. Thank you!”
“My experience in attending the past conferences has been awesome! I've always come away with learning so much more than I thought possible. The people that I've met and stayed in contact with have helped me learn more and more each day. I'm very glad to have started attending the DBSA conferences.”
“Very uplifting and motivational. Got great ideas and met some fantastic peers. The DBSA staff is always so organized and so friendly and helpful.”
“I enjoyed the whole conference and was absolutely amazed when the DBSA Board of Directors introduced themselves and practically all of them stated having mental illnesses like myself. The conference offered everything I had hoped for and more with the breakout sessions, the keynote speakers and meeting great people. I loved it.”
“Very powerful, educational, and healing.”