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August 28, 2006

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance 2006 Conference in San Mateo, California - September 9th

Can people living with depression and bipolar disorder make full recoveries? That's the central theme of the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance's (DBSA) upcoming conference in San Mateo on Saturday, September 9, at the San Mateo Marriott. The conference is co-sponsored by DBSA California, the national organization's state chapter.

Hundreds of mental health consumers, family members and clinical experts are expected to attend the highly-anticipated conference, Living Well: Making Recovery Real.

DBSA is the leading national patient-directed organization focusing on the most prevalent mental illnesses -- depression and bipolar disorder. The organization's conferences provide an opportunity for consumers to connect with peers, family members and experts to explore new recovery skills, get the latest news on treatment options and rediscover hope.

Two of North America's most highly-regarded mental health advocates will provide the opening and closing keynote speeches at the daylong conference.

Victoria Maxwell, an award-winning actress, writer and producer will give the opening keynote. Maxwell has gained acclaim for her often hilarious yet poignant one-woman show, Crazy for Life, her true-life story about accepting and living with a psychiatric disorder. Her honest, irreverent approach to her own experiences disarms the prejudices often associated with mental illness while providing crucial information on how to deal with it openly and effectively.

The closing keynote will be given by the former Executive of King County, Wash., Randy Revelle. Revelle is credited with pulling together thousands of advocates to create insurance parity, greatly enhancing access to care and treatment in Washington State.

During his speech, Revelle will share his personal experiences living with severe mental illness as he presents "Overcoming the Stigma: A Personal Story of Recovery from Mental Illness."

Breakout sessions at the conference run the gamut, from popular "Ask the Doctors" sessions to discussions with such notable writers as Tom Wootton, author of The Bipolar Advantage.

To register for the conference go to http://www.dbsalliance.org/ or call 800-826-3632. Tickets can also be purchased at the door, although space is limited.

Living Well: Making Recovery Real is open to the general public. The program gets underway at 9 a.m. with events concluding at 5 p.m. A Friends Reception featuring a performance by Maxwell will be held following the conference. Tickets for the reception can be purchased separately.

The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) is the nation's leading patient-directed organization focusing on depression and bipolar disorder. The organization, which has more than 1,000 support groups nationwide, fosters an understanding about the impact and management of these life-threatening illnesses by providing up-to-date, scientifically-based tools and information. Assisted by a 65-member scientific advisory board, comprised of the leading researchers and clinicians in the field of mood disorders, DBSA supports research to promote more timely diagnosis, develop more effective and tolerable treatments and discover a cure. More than 4 million people receive information and assistance each year.

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