The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) would like to wish Senator John Fetterman, Democrat of Pennsylvania, the very best on his recovery. DBSA recognizes the impact his courageous decision to share his diagnosis has been for so many in this country who live in the shadows, fearful to seek help.
More than 21 million individuals in the U.S. are living with mood disorders. Senator Fetterman may be only one of those millions, but his high profile elevates the discussion and shows that it’s okay to talk about one’s lived experience of a mental health condition. At DBSA, our peer support groups offer a safe space for group members to share whatever is on their mind and we encourage individuals living with a mood disorder to take part in these groups.
DBSA has programs that provide hope, help, support, and education to improve the lives of people with mood disorders. In many households, the subject of mental health is still taboo. Senator Fetterman’s decision to publicly disclose his diagnosis goes a long way toward helping DBSA’s goal to eliminate stigma.