DBSA Life Unlimited Award
The DBSA Life Unlimited Award was established to honor individuals who exemplify a life unlimited by depression or bipolar disorder and who are actively working to help others do the same. Through the DBSA Life Unlimited Award, DBSA celebrates the strengths, inspiration, and accomplishments of peers.
Nominations Open for 2014 DBSA Life Unlimited Award
Do you know someone who is living life a life unlimited by a mood disorder and actively working to help others do the same? Nominate them for the 2014 DBSA Life Unlimited Award. The award will be presented at the DBSA Chapter Leadership Forum (CLF), Friday, August 15, 2014, in Union, New Jersey and web-streamed. The winner will be given a scholarship to the DBSA CLF and DBSA New Jersey Conference, including travel and hotel accommodations.
Nomination deadline is June 15, 2014.
Winner will be notified on/before July 1, 2014.
Award will be presented on August, 15, 2014.
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Please note you must have consent from the person that you are nominating to submit their name for consideration. The nominee must understand and consent that if chosen as a recipient of a DBSA Life Unlimited Award, their name, diagnosis, and personal story would be publicized.
Past Award Winners
2013 DBSA Life Unlimited Awards Honor Two Peers
DBSA proudly awarded Linea Johnson and Everett Page with the 2013 DBSA Life Unlimited Awards during a luncheon ceremony on June 16 at the DBSA 2013 National Conference in Miami, Florida. DBSA Board Chair Lucinda Jewell presented the awards before a crowd of peers, including conference attendees, DBSA Board members, staff, and the awardees’ families.
The DBSA Life Unlimited Award was established to honor individuals who exemplify a life unlimited by depression or bipolar disorder and who are actively working to help others do the same. Johnson and Page, each nominated for the award by the peers whose lives they’ve touched, perfectly exemplify the spirit of these awards.
Linea Johnson is a writer, speaker, and photographer who shares her story to inspire others and fight stigma on a global level. The co-author of a nationally published memoir, Perfect Chaos (St. Martins, 2012), Johnson recently returned from working with a community mental health team in India and working on a documentary about world mental health conditions.
Everett Page came to DBSA Boston 27 years ago and has spent a third of his lifetime helping thousands of DBSA members find hope and support through his leadership and group facilitation. He is known for his consistent support and guidance—no matter what kind of day he’s having—to help fellow group members lead their own unlimited lives.
Please join DBSA in celebrating these outstanding peers!
2012 DBSA Life Unlimited Awards Honors David Granirer
DBSA is proud to announce the winner of the inaugural DBSA Life Unlimited Award: comedian, counselor, and author David Granirer, a pioneer in the use of humor to increase wellness, reduce stress, and cope with change. The DBSA Life Unlimited Award was established to honor individuals who exemplify a life unlimited by depression or bipolar disorder and who are actively working to help others do the same.
David Granirer does just that. In addition to working as a counselor and comedian and authoring The Happy Neurotic: How Fear and Angst Can Lead to Happiness and Success, Granirer also lives with depression. He performs, is a sought-after keynote speaker, and teaches Stand-Up Comedy Clinic at Langara College in Vancouver, a course that prepares people from all walks of life to perform on stage at a comedy club at the conclusion of eight weeks.
David Granirer founded Stand Up For Mental Health, a program that teaches stand-up comedy to people with mental health conditions as a way of building self-esteem and fighting public stigma. For the past four years, Granirer has worked with DBSA to conduct a virtual stand-up class with members of the DBSA community, after which the newly trained comics make their stand-up debut at the DBSA national conference.
"DBSA has been privileged to partner with Stand Up for Mental Health over many years,” says DBSA President Allen Doederlein. “We have witnessed David's work transform the lives of members of our community who participate in his stand-up program. Those newly empowered comics have in turn provided laughter—along with information and inspiration—to diverse audiences."
Granirer got the idea for Stand Up For Mental Health from watching students in his Langara Stand-Up Comedy Clinic course. “I've had students overcome long standing depressions and phobias, not to mention increasing their confidence and self-esteem. There's something incredibly healing about telling a room full of people exactly who you are and having them laugh and cheer,” says Granirer. Learn more about Granirer’s stand-up classes in a feature story about Granirer on Dateline, Australia’s longest running international current affairs program.
DBSA President Allen Doederlein presented Granirer with the award during an intimate ceremony of DBSA chapter leaders at the 2012 DBSA Chapter Leadership Forum in Portland, OR this October. While the groovy CLF theme, Power to the Peers, inspired Doederlein’s flower-child outfit, the literal meaning of the theme perfectly captured DBSA’s reasons for creating the award—to celebrate the individual strengths of peers and their contributions to our communities and beyond.
Stories from of Life Unlimited
In addition to the DBSA Life Unlimited Award, DBSA features a new story of strength and inspiration each month from someone living a life unlimited by depression or bipolar disorder. Check out DBSA’s Stories of Life Unlimited.