Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, National Office HQ

We've Been There. We Can Help.

aka DBSA   |   Chicago, IL   |  www.dbsalliance.org

Mission

The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) is the leading peer-directed national organization focusing on depression and bipolar disorder. Directed by and created for individuals living with these conditions, DBSA provides hope, help, support, and education to improve the lives of its constituents. We do this by providing free, empowering tools and information focused on an integrated approach to wellness; supporting research; and working toward equitable treatment for people with mental health conditions.

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Ruling year info

2004

CEO

Mr. Michael Pollock

Main address

55 E Jackson Blvd Suite 490

Chicago, IL 60604 USA

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EIN

36-3379124

NTEE code info

Mental Health Treatment (F30)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Depression and Bipolar Alliance (DBSA) envisions wellness for people living with mood disorders (depression and bipolar disorder).

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

In-Person and Online support groups

Over 21 million individuals in the United States live with a mood disorder. If they could all be connected and receive peer support, DBSA believes this would go a long way toward preventing suicides and improving their quality of life.

People need support to be accessible. That's why DBSA offers online support groups in order to meet the needs of people with mood disorders who prefer online wellness tools, are unable to attend an in-person support group, or who have barriers to in-person attendance.

In 2014, DBSA expanded its group offerings to include online communities for parents of children with mood disorders. In 2015 online support groups for people unable to get to an in-person group meeting were also added.

Population(s) Served
Adults

DBSA believes that education is often the first step toward understanding a diagnosis and creating a path to wellness. Therefore, we provide people with mood disorders a wide variety of tools and resources that not only inform but also provide a means for people to help themselves. These materials have been developed in careful partnership with healthcare providers, peers and their loved ones, ensuring that these resources are both useful and clinically relevant. Many who use our materials have nowhere else to turn—they either cannot afford ongoing mental health care or there are few clinicians in their areas. Accordingly, our resources are all free of charge, with many online so they may be used 24/7.
DBSA’s array of customizable wellness tools are housed within our Facing Us Clubhouse at FacingUs.org. The Clubhouse is an online community where users can not only track their health trends, but also get creative, share tips, create wellness plans, and provide or receive support. Our most popular tool is the Wellness Tracker, which was named a Top Bipolar App of 2015 by Healthline. It allows users to track physical and emotional/mental wellness for their own information in a format that can be easily shared with mental health care providers. Additional tools in the Clubhouse include workbooks, checklists, information sheets, and other resources that address such areas as symptoms, medications, advance directives, triggers, suicide prevention, and wellness.

DBSA also provides an array of informational materials on a wide range of topics for people living with mood disorders, their families and friends. Resources include more than three dozen educational brochures; podcasts featuring some of the nation's leading experts on mental health; an eNewsletter which includes the Life Unlimited feature, cited by Healthline as one of its Best Bipolar Disorder Blogs of 2016; videos; educational webinars; an online course Living Successfully with a Mood Disorder; and informational lists comprising mental health organizations, federal agencies, and other information.

Population(s) Served
Adults

DBSA creates and promotes messages, structures, and practices that advance mental health, personal choice, and wellness. Building on a long history of championing personal advocacy, we also advocate with peers at the forefront of determining needs and best practices in mental health for people with depression and bipolar disorder. We support both policy and media-related advocacy at national and state levels, ensuring a place for the needs and concerns of peers in policy, service delivery, and treatment decisions. DBSA is a member of the Mental Health Liaison Group, American Brain Coalition, and the Advocacy Committee of the International Society on Bipolar Disorders.

For the past several years, DBSA staffers have been invited speakers at high-level conferences and meetings, demonstrating our growing influence. Members of the DBSA staff have been heard at the White House summit Making Healthcare Matter; the annual National Council for Behavioral Health Hill Day in Washington DC; the Rosalynn Carter Symposium on Mental Health Policy; and a Congressional briefing on Veteran peer support.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Wellness involves your whole health—emotional and mental, as well as physical. The DBSA Wellness Tracker is a free, innovative, and user-friendly online tool that allows you to keep track of your emotional, mental, and physical health.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

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Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of donations made by board members

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Increasing

Number of first-time donors

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Related Program

Developing self-help wellness tools and Information libraries for people living with mood disorders

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Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of overall donors

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of unique website visitors

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Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

DBSA offers hope, help, support, and education to improve the lives of people with mood disorders.

DBSA's key strategies toward improving the lives of people living with mood disorders are

• creating educational opportunities for individuals to learn about their conditions as well as tools and information that promote wellness;

• providing hope and support to people through our national networks of chapters and their support groups; and

• impacting mental health legislation at the local, state and national levels for the benefit of every person living with a mood disorder.

DBSA improves the lives of over 4 million people annually with our in-person and online resources.
Our over 600 Support Groups impact people with mood disorders every day.

DBSA has been recognized by Charity Navigator as a top nonprofit for suicide prevention and mental health.

Combating stigma, DBSA is a go-to organization for the peer perspective and expert advice. We regularly have staff and board members quoted in high-profile publications.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, National Office

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Kent Dauten

Greg Simon

Bill Gilmer

Christy Beckmann

Lucinda Jewell

William Gilmer

Gregory Ostfeld

LaGenia Bailey

Suzanne Bergoffen

Catherine Fields

Gary Sachs

Jerry Pavlon-Blum

Robert Schwartz

Roger McIntyre

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 4/27/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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