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Sunday, October 4, 2015

HAPPY SUNDAY!!!! A healthy spiritual life is important for our wellness.


Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) (also known as Mental Health Awareness Week) was established in 1990[1] by the U.S. Congress in recognition of efforts by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) to educate and increase awareness about mental illness. It takes place every year during the first full week of October. During this week, mental health advocates and organizations across the U.S. join together to sponsor a variety of events to promote community outreach and public education concerning mental illnesses such as major depressive disorderbipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. Examples of activities held during the week include art/music events, educational sessions provided by healthcare professionals, advertising campaigns, health fairs, movie nights, candlelight vigils, and benefit runs.
An estimated 26.2 percent of Americans ages 18 and older - about one in four adults - suffer from a diagnosable mental illness in any given year.[2] However, stigma surrounding mental illness is a major barrier that prevents people from seeking the mental health treatment that they need.[3] Programs during Mental Illness Awareness Week are designed to create community awareness and discussion in an effort to put an end to stigma and advocate for treatment and recovery.
Mental Illness Awareness Week also coincides with similar organizational campaigns in early October such as World Mental Health Day[4] (World Federation for Mental Health), National Depression Screening Day[5] (Screening for Mental Health), and National Day Without Stigma[6] (Active Minds).
SOURCE: Wikipedia

Monday, September 21, 2015

DBSA Jackson TN's "A Better Tomorrow" support group

Hello everyone! 

We have had some exciting and fun times with our group!  Everyone brings something unique to our group that makes each meeting special.  For that my friends, we thank you!

If you are looking for a Support Group in the Jackson TN area, you don't need to look any further!
Our Meetings are held every Monday from 6:30-8:00pm at the Life Church campus off of Hwy. 18 headed toward Bolivar, TN.  The entrance to the church is off of Benson Rd on the left.

We would love to have you! 

"You don't have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great."
~Zig Ziglar

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

A little bit about us

As the new Facilitators for Jackson’s DBSA support group called “A Better Tomorrow”, we extend a warm welcome to join us on Monday evenings from 6:30-8:00 pm.  We are a husband/wife team who come to you with humble, compassionate, understanding hearts as we, too, deal with these illnesses first hand.  Even after 10 years of marriage, there is still so much to learn.  In order to lead a healthier life, it is important to build a strong support team.  This includes family and friends, so we encourage everyone who has a desire to come. 

We host the group out of The Life Church located at 780 Bolivar Hwy., Jackson, TN 38301.  The church is directly off of Hwy 18 as you drive towards Bolivar.  Turn left onto Benson Ln in order to access the entrance.
A few of our main goals are to provide:
·        a positive community for those diagnosed and family/friends who are interested in learning more
·        a safe, healthy, positive environment for wellness and growth
·        literature and useful information regarding depression and/or bipolar along with other associated symptoms
We are an adult, peer led support group who are not doctors.  Therefore, we do not diagnosis, treat, or counsel.  We encourage each other and share our experiences to create a positive, safe community.  Since, we are an adult group anyone under the age of 18 years is discouraged due to the content of topics.  If a parent is interested and would like to meet with us concerning a child, we would be willing to set up a private meeting. 

Thursday, July 2, 2015

New Things

I have desperately needed to update our blog site.  Some incredible changes have been in the works and we are now at a place to inform the world!

First and foremost, I would like to say a huge thank you to Steve.  He built this community from the ground up.  With nothing but a desire to heal and to surround himself with others who understood his pain, he began the arduous process of starting a DBSA chapter here in Jackson.  His driving, passionate commitment over the past 13 years, including serving 2 years as the DBSA State President for Tennessee, has undoubtedly touched numerous lives of those afflicted with Depression and/or Bipolar disorders.  Today we stand on solid ground as DBSA’s “A Better Tomorrow” support group. 

Steve has decided to take a much needed sabbatical as president.  Don’t be fooled though, he is still very active with us and resides as a board member.  Steve’s gracious heart continues to aid us as we work through the big transition.  So, with the “extra” time he now has, his main focus is his family and finishing his second book “A Brand New Day: My Story of Success and Sanity.”  His first book “The Two Agreements: A Good News Story for Our Time” is available for purchase!

After months of discussion, my husband and I (with me dragging my feet) took the plunge to relieve Steve of his duties and honor him with much needed rest.  So, here we are, your new Co-facilitators.  Please hang in there with us as we are still learning the ropes.  

Group Meetings: are hosted inside The Life Church building off of Hwy. 18 
the meetings begin at 6:30pm and last until 8:00pm
You don't need to bring anything!  If you need any further assistance, call (731) 215-7200.  
(disclaimer: we are not affiliated with the church; they have been gracious enough for us to meet there)

Family and Friends: are welcome to come along with you or even by themselves.  These meetings are open to the public, but remain confidential.  The more educated everyone is, there is greater potential for healing and wellness.  We can speak from first hand experience, I promise!  Our greatest offering is to help provide information, support, and love as we all continue living with our illnesses.

DBSA:  stands for Depression Bipolar Support Alliance.  Our group focuses on Mood disorders as the primary diagnosis, but understand there are co-occurring illnesses that come attached.  For example, I am diagnosed with Bipolar II and ADD...our goal is to provide a safe place for you to come, to meet with people who understand, and hopefully, encourage you along your path.

Lastly,  it may take you months to get up the courage to come.  The unknown can be scary to face.  Fear of knowing someone, or not knowing anyone is intimidating.  I guarantee you aren't the only one.  I held out for 3 months!  So, when you are ready, we are here.  

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

The Beginnings ~ (the first post by a new blogger, Amber Wilsey. Best wishes, Amber!)

The Beginnings of a New You
You learn a great deal about yourself after a life changing event or series of events. Perhaps, I should change that to “you can learn” instead of “you learn”.  Knowledge and wisdom come with a price tag. We never know what the price costs us. Regardless the cost, it seems as though it depends on you to see beyond the pain to a place where you are stronger, wiser.  People who are burdened by mood disorders are affected differently than those who don’t suffer from such illnesses. Not only is the pain deeper, lasts longer, much more intense, it also takes us repeated tries to move forward, to see the light.
This can be especially true of the initial diagnosis.  There are those of us who feel a sense of relief when the diagnosis is delivered.  It is almost like the stars align into patterns that reveal constellations.  A life of seemingly random events, moods, lifestyle are now given a name; a world once lived in chaos is now an explained, real illness which can be managed and actively treated.  For some of us, it is the opposite.  The diagnosis is a brutal awakening to a life of chaos.  Despite the unquestionable, undeniable evidence that supports the illness, the label of the diagnosis is gut wrenching and painful.  The awakening process is just the beginning into a brand new world.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

DBSA Quarterly Chapter Award -- DBSA Jackson wins DBSA chapter award, announced in national Chapter Manage Leadership Link newsletter today!

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Chapter Spotlight: DBSA Welcomes a New Chapter and Congratulates Our 3rd Quarter Award Winners!

Congratulations to the winners of the third quarterly Chapter Spotlight awards of 2014!

  • DBSA Jackson (TN) Last month the VA contacted DBSA Tennessee to speak at a VA Summit about DBSA's presence as a resource for the veterans and their families across Tennessee. Leader Steve Brannon spoke before an audience of 150 attendees. "It was a great opportunity for networking with many other not-for-profit organizations in meeting the leaders of the mental health service in the local Memphis VA medical center," Steve said. 

    Steve also spoke about the work of DBSA in an article on depression and suicide prevention in The Jackson Sun. (Read the article that includes discussion of the value of support groups and Robin Williams death at  .)

Hello everyone,

I want to pass along the good news.