Annoucement current as of October 25, 2016

Chapter Membership Survey Report Back

Last year a membership survey was conducted looking at what areas of the our support group in DC we could improve upon and further develop.  A summary of the results is attached and has been uploaded to the website.  On Thursday, November 17 Eric Scharf will lead a discussion about the findings from 6:30 – 7:00 pm; please plan to come early and learn about how the chapter is looking to move forward in the future and ways you can help with this.  DBSA NCA Memberhip Engagement Survey Summary

Join us for the Capital Clubhouse 2016 Gala on Thursday, November 16

You are cordially invited to the 2016 Clubhouse Gala to be held November 10, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at the DAR Museum (see invitation below). The special guest speaker at the Gala will be Kay Jamison Redfield who will discuss her recent books.  To buy tickets to the 2016 Clubhouse Gala or make a tax-deductible donation, go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/capital-clubhouse-gala-tickets-27592842936

And, if you’re keen to book a vacation in paradise, check out the on-line auction of vacation homes  in Cat Island, Bahamas, Cortina d’Ampezzo, SW France and Shenandoah Valley, by clicking on clubhouse.24fundraiser.com and following the instructions below:

  • Click on a property and scroll to view 4 pictures
  • Create a profile to be able to bid and then follow your bids on-line or on your mobile;
  • Note:  when you create your profile, you will receive an email asking you to verify your email address, after which  you will be able to create a password and bid.
  • Auction opens Monday October 24 and closes at 8 pm on Thursday November 10–the night of the Gala.  Winners can pay be credit card over our on-line Paypal link.

We hope that you can join us for a wonderful evening November 10.  Anyone is able to bid at the auction and so feel free to pass on the link to any friends who might be interested.

And, finally, any donation-no matter the size–is greatly appreciated to help bridge us over this critical juncture.

Take DBSA Surveys on Uncommon Side Effects and Treatments for Bipolar Disorder

An oft-heard expression is “Nothing about us without us!” DBSA wholeheartedly agrees, and would like to expand that to “Everything about us with us!” This statement is particularly true when it comes to establishing which treatments (medical, therapeutic, and self-driven) are most helpful in achieving mental health.

DBSA works to ensure that the voices of people living with or affected by depression or bipolar disorder are heard. This is reflected in our advocacy work, our communications, our support of the peer workforce, and our work on multiple long-term research grants funded by the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). The Institute “works to determine which of the many healthcare options available to patients and those who care for them work best in particular circumstances . . . by conducting research that addresses the questions and concerns most relevant to patients, caregivers, clinicians, and other healthcare stakeholders, along with researchers, throughout the process.”

While we’re excited about the movement towards patient-centered research and DBSA’s representation of the lived experience of mood disorders in PCORI studies, the results of these studies will take years to quantify. We believe your experience—as peers navigating to wellness, as parents seeking ways to build a better future for your children, and as family members looking for ways to support your loved ones—can play a critical role in how researchers, practicing clinicians, and industry focus their efforts today.

DBSA conducts a variety of surveys each year to collect your feedback on issues impacting the treatment of mood disorders. This month, we hope you’ll lend your voice to two surveys on bipolar disorder.

NEW SURVEY: Preferences for the Treatment of Bipolar Disorder
This survey seeks the opinions of people living with bipolar disorder and their family members on what treatments are most helpful in preventing recurrences or staying well. The survey explores preferences related to talk therapy, education, and research. Knowing what people value most in these areas will help mental health providers determine the most appropriate treatments and help individuals and their families understand the options available. The deadline for survey participation is December 1, 2016. Take survey now.

NEW SURVEY: Less Common Side Effects of Bipolar Disorder
This survey was designed to measure the effect of psychiatric medications—including anti-psychotics, mood stabilizers, anti-anxiety, and anti-depressants—on people with bipolar disorder. It covers areas such as side effects you may have experienced and your level of distress with them; strategies you’ve used to deal with side effects; whether you’ve been diagnosed with tardive dyskinesia and if so, the timing of onset; and any support systems you are using. The deadline for survey participation is November 18, 2016. Take survey now.