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Why We Created Care for Your Mind

We believe it’s essential that the people most affected by mental health policy decisions have a voice in the discussion about those policies, so we created Care for Your Mind™, the forum for people with mood disorders and their families to engage with each other, mental health advocates, policy experts, and legislators in a series of discussions about the mental health care system. Care for Your Mind™ allows Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) and Families for Depression Awareness (FFDA) to initiate and facilitate active dialogue about emerging policies and regulations that will determine the availability and quality of mental health care services for people with mood disorders and their families

About DBSA

The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) is the leading peer-directed national organization focusing on the two most prevalent mental health conditions, depression and bipolar disorder, which affect more than 21 million Americans, account for 90% of the nation’s suicides every year, and cost $23 billion in lost workdays and other workplace losses. DBSA’s peer-based, wellness-oriented, and empowering services and resources are available when people need them, where they need them, and how they need to receive them—online 24/7, in local support groups, in audio and video casts, or in printed materials distributed by DBSA, our chapters, and mental health care facilities across America. Through more than 700 support groups and nearly 300 chapters, DBSA reaches millions of people each year with in-person and online peer support; current, readily understandable information about depression and bipolar disorder; and empowering tools focused on an integrated approach to wellness. Learn more about DBSA and access our educational and empowering resources at:

  • DBSAlliance.org: In-depth information about mood disorders, treatment options, and finding support
  • FacingUs.org: DBSA’s wellness community providing personalized wellness tools and inspiration for living a better life
  • WeSearchTogether.org: An online portal for learning about mental health research and finding current research study opportunities

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About FFDA

Families for Depression Awareness is a national nonprofit organization helping families recognize and cope with depressive disorders to get people well and prevent suicides. FFDA gives families tools and solutions to recognize and manage depression and bipolar disorder; advocates to eliminate the stigma associated with depressive disorders; and works to unite families and help them heal in coping with depressive disorders. Families for Depression Awareness’ website at www.familyaware.org contains rich resources for those seeking help and a wealth of information relating to teen depression and adult/workplace stress and depression, including materials about depressive disorders, family stories, audio podcasts, and webinars. FFDA’s programming and communications demonstrate that people from all walks of life can suffer from depressive disorders, which are the most prevalent mental health conditions and are leading causes of suicide. FFDA provides education, training, and advocacy for family members and friends of those who are depressed, especially caregivers who usually operate with little or no guidance or support. Families for Depression Awareness is made up of families who have lost a family member to suicide or have watched a loved one suffer with depression, many with little knowledge about how to help. Learn more about FFDA and our educational and empowering resources at

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About Care for Your Mind Expert Perspectives Contributors

FFDA and DBSA solicit blog contributions from mental health experts, thought leaders, and advocates to stimulate discussion and work toward identifying both problems and potential solutions. We appreciate their interest and involvement in Care for Your Mind and in addressing the problems of our mental health care system. Inclusion of materials prepared by or associated with a particular organization or individual does not imply DBSA’s or FFDA’s endorsement of the position, individual, or organization. To further discuss materials posted on Care for Your Mind™, post your comments below the blog post, submit a personal story, or propose an expert or topic. You may also contact the author of the blog or the organization if contact information is provided; however, we hope you always feel welcome to share your questions, comments, and ideas with the Care for Your Mind™ community.

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