All peers have an origin story—when they were first diagnosed with depression or bipolar. For many of these stories, stigma, confusion, and shame cloud this new reality. For young people, the confusion can be even greater. Working through family dynamics, getting the right diagnosis, and being believed that what you’re feeling is “real” and not “just a phase” can be incredibly challenging.

The Goal

DBSA will increase its capacity to serve children, teens, and young adults living with mood disorders and their parents and caregivers

The Plan

  • Offer mental health education and wellness tools for children and teens who live with depression or bipolar
  • Provide support for young adults (ages 18-29) transitioning out of teenhood
  • Enhance support to parents and caregivers by aligning the Balanced Mind Parent Network to the Supporting Youth Mental Health initiative

We’re excited to share the programs we’ve implemented since the beginning of our supporting youth strategy.

 

DBSA Mood Crew

DBSA Mood Crew

Early childhood is a time when young ones are learning about emotions and finding ways to express them. This fun and engaging educational program, designed for ages 4 to 10, helps adults open a positive conversation about feelings with children.

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I’m Living Proof

DBSA’s blog and podcast series, I’m Living Proof: A Letter to My Younger Self, shares inspiring stories of young adult peers who are living proof that they can overcome even the most difficult times.

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