About College Students and Depression – From DBSA

About College Students and Depression – From DBSA

Today’s college students are under intense pressure…pressure to find a career direction, pressure to pay back tremendously burdensome loans, competition for class rankings, and social pressures from their peers which most parents of my generation could not even imagine. They are at a difficult age — somewhere between adolescence and adulthood — and they are generally conflicted and overwhelmed that this transition entails. I urge you to listen to your college student, to watch for signs of depression and despair, and to take any reference or threat of suicide very, very seriously.

Today’s college students are at greater risk of depression than ever in history. Learn all that you can, and apply everything that you learn.




Douglas Castle


DBSA e-Update December 2009

Quick Links

Keynotes and More at
DBSA 2010 National Conference

How Our Chapters Reach Out

Wellness & Inspiration


Mental Health in Our Colleges

Announcing Winners
of Facing Us Video Contest



Attitudes Toward Mental Illness

Share the Holiday Joy  

Keynotes and More Updates on DBSA 2010 National Conference!

     Celebrate Our 25th Anniversary
this Spring!

DBSA 2010 National Conference
April 30 – May 2, 2010
Eaglewood Resort & Spa
Itasca, IL (Chicago suburb)

Online registration
    Mail or fax (download form)
      Telephone (800) 826-3632   

Announcing Two Keynotes–More to Come!

We’re excited to announce the first two keynote presenters for the DBSA 2010 National Conference! Ron Manderscheid, PhD, the new executive director of the National Association of County Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities Directors (NACBHDD) and best-selling Australian author, consumer, and educator Graeme Cowan. Stay tuned to www.DBSAlliance.org/Conference2010 for more updates!

 Ron Manderscheid, PhD      
"Demystifying Health Care Reform"
Dr. Manderscheid will shine some light on a topic    which is very complex and, for many Americans, very confusing–health care reform. He will discuss the results of a recent national meeting on health care reform as well as the recommendations for how any reform must include mental health. He will also address parity, access to care, quality or care, and outcomes–all crucial issues in the health care dialogue.

Dr. Manderscheid has dedicated the last 30 years to advocating for better health care. In October 2009, he was named executive director of the National Association of County Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities Directors (NACBHDD). Previously, he  has served in other prestigious roles such as director of Mental Health & Substance Use Programs in the Global Sector for SRA International, Inc. and chief of CMHS’s Survey and Analysis Branch.

Graeme Cowan
"How to Bounce Back & Thrive in Challenging Times”

The last 12 months have been incredibly stressful for most Americans. And for those vulnerable to depression and bipolar disorder, this stress is often magnified. Based on his interviews with over 3,000 people who have struggled with adversity, Graeme describes the steps to go through to move from a “victim” to “victor” mindset. His advice has helped tens of thousands move forward again by rediscovering what is really important.

Graeme, an Australian author, has delivered seminars in Australia and Asia on how to bounce back from depression and anxiety. His professional background is in marketing management and human resources. In 2000, Graeme entered a five-year episode of depression. After his recovery, he wrote two best-sellers, Back from the Brink and Back from the Brink, Too, and is collaborating with DBSA on an American version of Back from the Brink.

Register Now for Special Early Bird Rates!


Take advantage of our special early bird rate when you register on/before February 17. Don’t miss our 25th anniversary celebration! We’re excited to offer several new activities at this conference, including relaxation sessions where you enjoy classical music or quiet meditation time. And don’t miss the chance to chat with old friends–and new ones–by the light of an evening bonfire!



Mental Health in Our Colleges and Universities

Online Webinar: Mental Health in our Colleges and Universities
January 11, 2010
(repeated on January 12 also)
Sponsored by DBSA and the US Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association (USPRA)

Utilizing a strength-based approach, this unique symposium offers practical information on how to recognize, assess, and triage students who may be experiencing a mental health crisis. It also discusses how to assist faculty and other college-based staff to create a safe academic environment, minimizing the effects of mental health concerns in the classroom while maintaining academic excellence. Participants will have the chance to interact with presenters, and learn about resources to help manage mental health crisis. The webinar is divided into the following sections:

Recognizing and Assisting Students in Mental Health Crisis
10:30 a.m.-12:00 noon (Eastern time)
Presenter: Allen Daniels, EdD, DBSA executive vice president

Maintaining Academic Excellence While Managing Mental Health Concerns
1:00-2:30 p.m. (Eastern time) 
Presenters: Anne Sullivan-Soydan, ScD, CRC, and Michelle Mullen, CRC, CPRP

Roundtable Discussion
Mental Health on Campus Improvement Act proposed in Congress by Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL)
3:00-4:30 p.m. (Eastern time)
Cost is $295 for the complete symposium. This cost can cover a single person OR a group of individuals using a large monitor and speaker phone. Up to 3.0 CEUs are available for Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioners (CPRPs), social workers, certified counselors, psychologists, and addiction professionals.

Register and learn more here.

A New Training Partnership in Texas

DBSA is proud to have been selected as the contractor for the Via Hope Texas Mental Health Resource, in collaboration with the Texas Department of State Health Services, as they develop their in-state capacity to train, certify, and employ peer specialists through the state. During 2010, DBSA will provide training and technical assistance services in Texas in partnership with Appalachian Consulting Group, Inc. and Recovery Innovations, Inc. The first Texas Peer Specialist training course is scheduled for March 1-5 and is sponsored by Via Hope.  

 Attitudes Toward Mental Illness

Share your insights with us about what those with mental illness face on a daily basis. This survey, “Attitudes Toward Mental Illness,” focuses on issues related to living with mood disorders, the impact on family and friends, and care that is provided.

We’ll use your feedback to help determine what programs and resources will be the most helpful…and also to inform the general public on these issues the consumer community faces.  

To share your ideas for future topics, e-mail ADaniels@DBSAlliance.

How Our Chapters Reach Out

DBSA South Florida Launches New PSA
DBSA South Florida has just released a new PSA (public service announcement) to their local radio stations. One of the chapter’s support group facilitators, Lew Yagodnik, says that many of the radio stations will run the pre-recorded PSA, as well as use it as a guideline for their own radio personalities to re-record it.

Besides helping get the word out to the public about their chapter through this free PSA, Lew adds, “I think [it] makes us appear real and organized.”

DBSA Manhattan (Kansas)—Holiday Feedback
You might say that DBSA Manhattan (Kansas) encouraged two kinds of “feedback” at one of their recent gatherings. Before their regular business meeting, they had a special presentation. A nutritionist from their local supermarket spoke to the group about ways to eat healthy when faced with the tasty temptations of holiday foods.

Following this was the business meeting to elect new officers and brainstorm future activities. The evening ended with a white elephant gift exchange and time for group support. An excellent way to maximize involvement from chapter participants!


DBSA Tucson—Tapping the Town’s Transit System
DBSA Tucson recently worked with the Tucson, Arizona, regional public transit system (Sun Tran) to place PSAs in all 235 of its buses. It was the initiative of one of DBSA Tucson’s board members. He contacted Sun Tran and presented them with “supporting” documents: a statement of the purpose of DBSA, a copy of their tax-exempt letter, and a copy of their proposed ad, developed from the national DBSA logo and tagline. Sun Tran said they liked the ad because of its simplicity. Their buses reach more than 21 million passenger trips each year in this metropolitan area of 1,000,000 persons. To check out the ad, click here.

Cops, Courts, & Psychiatric Disorders
Early this December, DBSA GLBT Chicago held a panel on how those with mental illness are treated by police and what they can expect from the court system if tried for crimes. Panelists included a well-known forensic psychiatrist, a Chicago police department lieutenant, and an ER doctor who helped develop the local police CIT (Crisis Intervention Training). This open community event addressed topics such as how to prevent unnecessary violence and how to reduce prejudice and increase empathy. It also discussed how the Illinois mental health courts are working.  

New Chapters for Fall 2009

DBSA Allendale (Allendale, MI)
DBSA Lima (Anna, OH)
DBSA North Mississippi (Senatobia, MS)
DBSA Northwest Georgia (Calhoun, GA)
DBSA SE Idaho (Idaho Falls, ID)
DBSA San Jose (San Jose, CA)
DBSA Warsaw (Warsaw, IN)

DBSA Greenville/Lake Village
(Greenville, MS)
DBSA Philadelphia (Philadelphia, PA)
DBSA West Chester (West Chester, PA)



DBSA Crystal Lake (McHenry, IL)
DBSA Holland, MI (Holland, MI)
DBSA Schenectady County (Schenectady, NY)
DBSA SE Grand Rapids (Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI)
DBSA Southwest Michigan (Stevensville, MI)

Announcing Winners of Facing Us Video Contest


Congratulations to the winners of our 2009 Facing Us Video Contest! And thank you to all of you who participated! We received many very moving and powerful video stories, and the decision was a difficult one. The contestants submitted videos showing–in their own unique way–the personal journey of recovery they travel while living with depression or bipolar disorder. The winning videos will be posted on www.FacingUs.org in February 2010.

  • 1st Place: Chato B. Stewart (Punta Gorda, FL)
  • 2nd Place: Jen Clendineng (Fairfield, IA)
  • 3rd Place: Terah Bishop (Wyoming, MI)

Honorable mentions went to Jeremy Kayal (Allentown, PA) and Leigh Chasse (Bloomington, IN).

Share the Holiday Joy

As we approach the New Year, and all of the joy—and complexity—that the holidays can bring, we at DBSA hope you will help to make recovery possible for the nearly 21 million Americans who live with mood disorders. If you’ve experienced the gift of recovery, we ask you to consider making a tax-deductible gift towards DBSA’s support groups, chapters, websites, and other vital programs that reach five million people each year.

Share the joy of recovery by with a gift of hope today.

Wellness & Inspiration

In the Facing Us Clubhouse, consumers who have found small ways to make a big difference in their recovery can share wellness tips like those listed here. Visit the Clubhouse to be inspired by your peers…and to pass on some of your own inspiration. 

Grateful Smiles
You can’t relive the past; however, you can live for today and for the future. Take small steps to move forward from where you are. Write down daily what you are grateful for and what you found to smile about.

Music over Mania
I do something not related to mania—I draw or play music on a non-frustrating instrument. It lets me forget what is playing out in my mind.

Feel-Good Movies
When you’re down, try watching a feel-good movie, something inspiring. Watching someone else persevere and accomplish something great in life may give you some motivation to help yourself!

Share some of your own “wellness wisdom!"


A Note about FacingUs.org
When you visit the Facing Us Clubhouse, you’ll notice that several "rooms,” including the room that houses wellness tips, require you to log in or create an account. Why is this necessary? Because in these sections, you are creating personal journals, books or a plan that is uniquely yours. So, we need a way to pull your unique information–like pulling your file out of a filing cabinet.  


Joining the Facing Us Clubhouse is easy and FREE! We only need two things to create an account just for you—your e-mail and a password. Please be assured that we will not distribute or sell your information to anyone outside of the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance. The media room of the site does not require registration. The only reason we require registration for other parts of the site is so that you can create your own personal wellness tools.



About DouglasCastle1
For further information about my professional background, please view any of the following resources: MY LINKED IN PROFILE: http://www.linkedin.com/in/douglascastle; MY PROFESSIONAL BLOG: http://GlobalEdgeInternational.com

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