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