Sunday, November 25, 2007

Pride Piece: DBSA Press Release

The DBSA (Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance) is a nationwide nonprofit organization with chapters in all 50 states. I was flattered that someone from the headquarters in Chicago approached me with the offer of an interview, which led to the following press release to newer chapters in the Rocky Mountain region:


DBSA support groups can be the key to recovery from depression and bipolar disorder

(CHICAGO- November 25, 2007) – More than 20 million people in the United States live with depression or bipolar disorder. And if you asked them, they would probably say that, at some point, they have felt like no one understands what they are going through. The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) offers peer support groups nationwide to help those living with a mood disorder connect with others who share these diagnoses.

“I think the reason I was depressed for so long was that I felt excluded from everything,” explains Charles Sakai, group facilitator for DBSA Colorado Springs, who has lived with depression his whole life. “Finding people who accept you for who you are – I can’t put a price tag on that.”

In fact, it has been shown that peer support, in combination with the right treatment, can make recovery from a mood disorder possible. DBSA peer-run support groups offer those with depression and bipolar disorder, along with their family and friends, a place to share experiences, discuss wellness strategies and offer hope.

“It builds me up to see others in the group rally around someone in distress,” Sakai continues. Even with nearly 1,000 peer-led support groups nationwide, there are still areas across the country in need of peer support, including .

The DBSA grassroots network would like to help you start a DBSA group in your community. Get started today by requesting a FREE DBSA start-up guide and find out how you can improve the lives of people living with mood disorders. No special training is necessary! Requests can be directed to Elizabeth Siegel at (800) 826-3632, ext. 154, or at

The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) is the nation’s leading patient-directed organization focusing on depression and bipolar disorder. The organization, which has more than 1,000 support groups nationwide, fosters an understanding about the impact and management of these life-threatening illnesses by providing up-to-date, scientifically based tools and information. Assisted by a 65-member scientific advisory board comprised of the leading researchers and clinicians in the field of mood disorders, DBSA supports research to promote more timely diagnosis, develop more effective and tolerable treatments and discover a cure. Nearly 5 million people receive information and assistance each year. For more information, please visit or call (800) 826-3632.

Contact: Elizabeth Siegel
(312) 988-1154
(312) 642-7243 fax

1 comment:

Eric said...

Good to see you again sir! Ah, Blogger. Another exemplary service.

In RYC,Keep talking like that and throw in Bye Bye Birdie and you'll get me in trouble with my peers!