The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance - Greater Chicago (DBSA-GC) is a self-help organization offering support and education to those with mood disorders, their families, and friends. We are a 501(c)3 chapter of DBSA, a national organization, with hundreds of affiliates across the US, Canada, and now, Mexico, Brazil, China, and Singapore. DBSA-GC is also the founding chapter of what became DMDA and then later renamed DBSA.
Our mission is:
1) Offering multiple support groups and educational meetings in the Greater Chicago area.
2) Counteracting the isolation that often accompanies these illnesses. DBSA-GC knows
that the confidential sharing of experiences with peers can help in the recovery
3) Giving emotional support, resources, practical assistance and encouraging members
to seek medical advice. Mood disorders are treatable and with treatment comes
4) Encouraging our constituency to volunteer...wherever their passion and interests
lie. We encourage advocacy on the local, state and federal levels to ensure
that mental health issues are not neglected.
DBSA-GC Officers & Board of Directors (as of November 2016)
William Cocagne, President
Mary Vreugdenhil, 1st Vice President
Bridget Maul, 2nd Vice President
Hank Trenkle, 3rd Vice President
Martin Heller, Treasurer
Miriam Silvergleid, Secretary
Louis, Dvorkin, Director
Kyle Goodwin, Director
Brian Pomerantz, Director
John Ross, Director
Salem Al Salem, Director
Corey Goldstein, M.D. Judith Sturm
Medical Advisor DBSA-GC Liaison
This video summarizes the services of the organization and was directed by Mary McFarlin of Linked N Chicago.
18th ANNUAL SYMPOSIUM:
Contemporary Approaches to Mental Health
Saturday, April 29, 2017 8am - 1pm
Evanston Hospital Frank Auditorium
Complimentary breakfast and light snacks will be served. Those eligible for CEUs will receive 3 CEUs credits.
DBSA-GC Members (Individual): $30.00
DBSA-GC Members (Family): $45.00
Non-Members (Individual): $45.00
Non-Members (Family): $60.00
Facilitators Needed for Support Groups
If you or someone you love has a mood disorder, DBSA-GC is looking for facilitators to begin training to serve new areas. Facilitators currently moderate and manage their support groups across the city in six locations.