DBSA 2013 National Conference and Chapter Leadership Forum

The DBSA 2013 National Conference, Stronger Together, was a weekend-long event that connected hundreds of individuals with a community of peers, with leading researchers in the field of mood disorders, and with the skills needed to discover and employ personal strengths for better living. Over the course of three days in sunny Miami, FL, Stronger Together delivered hope, help, education, and inspiration through moving keynote speeches, skills-based breakout sessions, support groups, and special events.

Educational sessions covered an array of topics, including personal wellness, non-pharmaceutical treatment strategies, life enhancing skills, and information on research advancements.

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Peer Specialist Core Trainings

In addition to our peer specialist Veterans trainings, DBSA held three core training courses in Milwaukee, WI and Chicago, IL to learn how to use their lived experience with a mental health condition to guide peers to increased wellness and recovery. Learn more about peer specialists.

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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. Please join DBSA in celebrating these outstanding peers!

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

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 also worked with a community mental health team in India on a documentary about world mental health conditions.

Everett Page

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.

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DBSA Honors Scientists for Research in Mood Disorders

Dr. Jürgen Unützer, Dr. John Markowitz,
& Dr. Benjamin Goldstein

DBSA presented three prestigious Gerald L. Klerman Awards for research on Sunday, May 19, 2013 in San Francisco, California, at our annual Scientific Advisory Board reception. These awards, presented annually, recognize researchers whose work contributes to and advances the understanding of the causes, diagnosis, and treatment of depression and bipolar disorder. Gerald L. Klerman, M.D. was a pivotal figure in psychiatry and these awards in his name are the highest honors that DBSA extends to members of the scientific community.

Dr. Jürgen Unützer, Professor and Vice-Chair in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington and Director of the Division of Integrated Care and Public Health, and Dr. John Markowitz, Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Columbia University, Research Psychiatrist at the New York State Psychiatric Institute, and Adjunct Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Weill Medical College of Cornell University, were presented with the Senior Investigator Award.

Dr. Benjamin Goldstein, Director of the Centre for Youth Bipolar Disorder at Sunnybrook, Scientist at the Sunnybrook Research Institute, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Pharmacology at the University of Toronto, and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh, was presented with the Junior Investigator Award.

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