Balanced Mind Parent Network
The Balanced Mind Parent Network (BMPN), a program of the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA), guides families raising children with mood disorders to the answers, support, and stability they seek.
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The path to mental health begins with knowledge.
People who have mood disorders can more readily achieve wellness when they recognize the symptoms and understand the issues related to this spectrum of conditions. Written in plain English and crafted in consultation with both peers and leading clinicians, DBSA educational materials help people with diagnoses and their loved ones to know what mood disorders are, and what can be done for treatment and management.
The best approach to treatment for you
DBSA recognizes that there are many paths to wellness and promotes numerous treatment components that are beneficial for individual achievements of recovery. We believe that a successful approach to mental health is balanced and starts best with a knowledgeable, empowered individual.
Support is essential to recovery. One of the most helpful things one person can say to (or hear from) another is “I’ve been there.” Depression and bipolar disorder can be isolating illnesses, but DBSA has many ways to help connect you with others who have been there as well.
Providing hope, support, and inspiration
The lived experience of depression or bipolar disorder, which can often begin painfully and with debilitating symptoms, can ultimately provide people with diagnoses with unique insights and abilities to help their peers, as well as hope and inspiration. And helping others can aid people with mood disorders in building their confidence and maintaining their own mental health.