In October, 2013, The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) and the Balanced Mind Foundation (TBMF) announced we would join forces in January, 2014, to improve the mental health of, and facilitate wellness for, individuals living with mood disorders from childhood throughout adulthood.
"Early identification and treatment of mood disorders is critical to maximizing the potential for children to grow into adults living in mental health and wellness," explains DBSA President Allen Doederlein. "Parents and guardians are the most influential factor in helping children achieve full, thriving lives and therefore it is imperative that they receive the support, tools, and resources they need to ensure the best possible outcomes for children as they grow into adulthood."
Under a single organization, we have a greater potential, through early intervention, to help reduce the severity of mental health issues for children as they grow. We will be able to provide consistent support as they transition from childhood to adulthood and throughout their lives.
Susan Resko, Executive Director of The Balanced Mind Foundation agrees. “By joining forces, our members, volunteers, and supporters will not only benefit from renewed support for current TBMF programming, they will gain new educational and empowering tools and resources. Additionally we will greatly benefit by having a larger voice in shaping the future of mental health through access to DBSA’s research, peer specialist and advocacy initiatives.”
The asset transfer of TBMF’s comprehensive family-focused programming to DBSA was finalized on January 31, 2014. After a vote by The Balanced Mind Foundation’s online communities volunteer network, TBMF’s programming was rebranded under the umbrella of the Balanced Mind Parent Network, a program of DBSA.
DBSA members now have access to the Balanced Mind Parent Network (BPMN) online family support network as part of DBSA’s programming and resources. And the BMPN is enriched with the input from DBSA’s more than 800 in-person, peer-led support groups nationwide. We are indeed stronger together!