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Addressing the Youth Mental Health Crisis with Dr. Nicole Brown


In December 2021, the U.S. Surgeon General issued an advisory on the impact of Covid-19 on our growing youth mental health crisis. Today, 1 in 5 children ages 3 to 17 experience some form of mental health or behavioral challenge. Access to adequate mental health resources for parents and children is pivotal in combatting the youth mental health crisis and reducing stigma.

DBSA discusses the effects of our youth mental health crisis with Dr. Nicole Brown. Dr. Brown is the Chief Health Officer at Strong Children Wellness, a health researcher focusing on enhancing care and service coordination for children who have experienced trauma and chronic mental health needs, and a member of the DBSA Board of Directors. In this conversation, we explore the types of mental health challenges youth experience today, such as depression and ADHD, how parents can advocate for their children, work with their pediatrician to get the proper mental health care, and how this crisis affects underserved communities.


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Learn more about Dr. Nicole Brown

Discover the Balanced Mind Parent Network, an online community for parents and caregivers of a child living with a mental health condition  

Meet the Mood Crew® and explore activities designed to help your child understand their moods and emotions. 

Peer Perspective: A Discussion on medication adherence, shared decision-making, and treatment options


Dr. Martha Sajatovic and DBSA Peer Kimberly Allen discuss shared decision-making and its impact on treatment plans and treatment options for peers living with depression or bipolar disorder. Learn about the importance of medication adherence, how to educate yourself about treatment options like Long-Acting Injectables, and hear Kimberly's experience with working with clinicians and mental health professionals to find the best treatment options for her.

Dr. Martha Sajatovic is a Professor of Psychiatry and Neurology at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine (CWRU) in Cleveland, Ohio, and a member of the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance Scientific Advisory Board. From "Dr. Sajatovic is a researcher, educator, and clinician who has devoted herself to studying and treating traditionally, hard-to-treat populations with central nervous system disorders. Dr. Sajatovic's research interests have focused on neuropsychiatric outcomes of brain disorders across the lifespan, including epilepsy, stroke, Alzheimer's disease, and other types of dementia and Parkinson's disease."

Kimberly Allen is a licensed addiction treatment professional, senior consultant at Via Positiva, and a mental health advocate. As an experienced mental health advocate, Kimberly currently serves as a Lived Experience Advisor, collaborating with leading academic institutions and advocacy organizations on patient-centered research.

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DBSA would like to thank Novus Medical Education for supporting this episode.

Depression and Self-Advocacy in the Workplace


DBSA’s Young Adult Council member Olivia sat down with Johnny to discuss living with depression and dealing with an unsupportive workplace. For many young adults, the first job out of college can be a challenging adjustment. For Johnny, his first work experience happened to coincide with his first severe depressive episode. Olivia and Johnny discuss what it took for Johnny to be able to advocate for himself and what companies should do to be more supportive of their employees.

A conversation with DBSA co-founder Rose Kurland


Today, we're speaking with DBSA co-founder Rose Kurland, who takes us back to the fall of 1978, when six people gathered in her living room in Glencoe, Illinois. This small but enthusiastic group laid the foundation for the life-changing work that reaches across 35 years. Rose shares highlights from DBSA's earliest years in a conversation with communications director Betsey O'Brien, giving us a glimpse of the friends, colleagues, and medical partners who have fueled decades of hope and progress for people with mood disorders.

You can learn more about DBSA's origins by checking out our timeline.

Finding meaning during challenging times with Sue Phillips – Wellness Wheel Podcast


In our ongoing series based on the DBSA Wellness Wheel, hosts Maria Margaglione and Hannah Zeller welcome expert guests that shed light on how people with mood disorders can build resilience in 7 key areas of their lives.

In this episode, Maria and Hannah talk with Sue Phillips, co-founder of Sacred Design Lab, where she helps people find new ways to flourish by deepening their spirituality. An ordained minister and former denominational executive in the Unitarian Universalist tradition, Sue uses ancient wisdom to help people find meaning and solve gnarly problems, especially in difficult times like these. She delights in seeing the transformation that happens when we get all up in life's biggest questions! Sue is part business strategist, part design geek, and part monastic. A graduate of Colgate University and the Episcopal Divinity School, she has also taught at Harvard Divinity School, where she is a Ministry Innovation Fellow. She lives in Tacoma, Washington with her wife Tandi Rogers.