DBSA e-Update August 2007: Events & Programs
DBSA Launches National “Facing Us” Campaign
On August 10 in Orlando, the DBSA National Conference had a surprise addition to its agenda: the unveiling of “part one” of DBSA’s innovative, new national campaign, “Facing Us,” three artistic contests for consumers and film students. The contests, offering 29 cash prizes (totaling more than $7,000), solicit personal video stories, artwork and PSAs that will
- Show the world the real face of those with depression and bipolar disorder.
- Support those diagnosed to create, and face, a better future.
- Help people understand and face the reality that you can’t “think away” or “just deal with” these illnesses.
The Facing Us website explains contest instructions in full detail. It also hosts the contest’s video clips, which can also be seen on popular websites like YouTube and MySpace.com. The FacingUs site showcases a promotional clip by award-winning actress and playwright Victoria Maxwell—a witty, “face first” monologue about recovery and bipolar disorder.
On November 15, DBSA launches “part two” of the campaign: an online “clubsite” for consumers with everything from the winning entries to online wellness books, journals, recovery tips and plans, e-cards … and so much more for consumers to share with each other.
The video and art contests are just the beginning. Visit FacingUs.org to find out more … and “face the camera.”