DBSA WV group meetings to be held online via Zoom during the COVID-19 Pandemic

In response to the COVID-19 Pandemic and the issue creating the need to stop face to
face groups, DBSA WV has decided to implement the following temporary procedure
until the danger of the COVID-19 Pandemic has passed.

DBSA peer facilitators have been asked to use Zoom accounts to connect with their
group participants via Zoom online. DBSA WV will be helping financially with the cost
of the Zoom expense. DBSA National is still offering online support groups for those
that are interested as well.

This is a temporary solution to a temporary situation with the COVID-19 Pandemic. I
believe that face to face is usually always going to be the best way for people to meet
and support each other, but until the Pandemic has passed it is in everyone’s best
interest to use online services. For the safety of everyone, DBSA WV is requesting that
face to face groups stop meeting until further notice.

In light of the current situation, I ask for your patience and understanding. At this time8rLuILud_400x400
our main concern is to continue making support services available and to keep all
involved safe from spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Stay Safe!
Nancy Marshall, Executive Director
DBSA WV

Michael Pollock, DBSA Chief Executive Officer, to Present at the WV State NASW Conference on Thursday, April 30th, 2020

Michael Pollock, the Chief Executive Officer of the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, will be presenting at the WV State NASW Conference on Thursday. April 30th, 2020.

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Michael Pollock was named Chief Executive Officer of DBSA on June 1, 2018. Members of Michael’s family have been impacted by depression, bipolar, and other related diagnoses so he understands on a personal level the impact DBSA can have on the lives of people with a mood disorder.

Michael has more than 20 years’ experience leading nonprofit organizations and previously worked in executive-level roles for the National Safety Council, United Way, and Thresholds, a well-known Chicago organization that provides healthcare, housing, and support for people with mental health conditions and substance use disorders.

Michael holds a BS in business administration and MS in organizational development from Bowling Green State University, in Bowling Green, Ohio.

State Conference in September 2019

DBSA WV held its annual state conference including peer support/facilitator training at St. John the 23rd Pastoral Center in Charleston, WV on September 26th and 27th, 2019.  Participants from six counties attended the two day event.  Training, which was provided by BBHHF included Mental Health First Aid and Person Centered Care and Considerations by Dave Sanders, Motivational Interviewing and Trauma Informed Care by Jim Matney, and Strategic Prevention Framework provided by Josh Murphy and Kimberly Shoemake from Prestera.

Jill Burgos, Chapter Relations Manager from DBSA National joined us on the second day of training and did a presentation at the annual face to face meeting of the Board of Directors following the conference on September 28, 2019.

DBSA WV extends a special thanks to Dave Sanders for arranging all the speakers. We also wish to thanks to all the speakers for making our conference complete.

DBSA WV thanks Brenda and all the staff at St. John’s for all their help and hospitality at this beautiful facility.

DBSA WV “Train the Trainer” Peer Facilitator Seminar Completed in December 2019.

Peer Facilitator Training

DBSA National provided a “Train the Trainer” seminar for DBSA WV at the Hilton Garden Inn in the Clarksburg-Bridgeport area of Harrison County on Saturday, December 7th, 2019.  This one-day workshop, enables individuals affiliated with DBSA WV to train peers who are interested in becoming facilitators at new or long standing DBSA meetings across the state.   Jill Burgos, Chapter Relations Manager for DBSA National taught eleven participants from seven counties in the state how to facilitate a meeting from beginning to end.  The afternoon was spent with participants practicing their skills through role play.

DBSA WV wants to thank Jill for such an interesting, educational, fun day due to her interactive teaching style and her encouragement of our questions.  We also want to extend our thanks to the staff at the Hilton for the meals and their hospitality.