Happy Birthday DBSA

Do you remember your favorite birthday?
What made that day so special?

For me it was my eighth birthday, the day I finally got my first bike. I remember coming home from school to find my dad putting my new ride together. He had
taken off work early to make sure my bike was ready for me. I can still see that bike clear as day in my mind, with its metal gleaming and its black and gold banana seat, and I can still remember how happy and cared for my dad’s actions made me feel.

Today I’m happy to be a part of the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance’s 33rd birthday and to ask you to join me in making a special birthday gift on behalf of the decades we’ve spent providing hope, help, support, and education to improve the lives of the people we serve.

When we blow out our birthday candles, we’ll be wishing for an increase in accessible peer support networks that ensure the 21 million individuals living with a mood disorder can feel as supported and loved as I did when I came home to my very own bike all those years ago.

I am excited about what DBSA is building, and I hope you decide to join me in helping to make our birthday wish come true!

Michael Pollock
Chief Executive Officer

At birthdays, it’s also important to look back and celebrate accomplishments. Here are some recent events DBSA is proud of…

The New York Times reached out to DBSA to provide the peer perspective on how to help individuals dealing with thoughts of suicide for its front-page article on the highly-publicized losses of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain.

DBSA’s draft language for the PEER Act, which has been rolled into the Mission Act, passed in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. Signed into law, this bill authorizes the hiring of peer specialists in 50 Veteran Administration primary care settings.

Charity Navigator listed DBSA as one of the top organizations addressing suicide prevention and mental health.

We can only convert our birthday wish into action with your support.

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