The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) is the leading peer-directed national organization focusing on the two most prevalent mental health conditions, depression and bipolar disorder, which affect more than 21 million Americans, account for 90% of the nation’s suicides every year, and cost $23 billion in lost workdays and other workplace losses.
DBSA’s peer-based, wellness-oriented, and empowering services and resources are available when people need them, where they need them, and how they need to receive them—online 24/7, in local support groups, in audio and video casts, or in printed materials distributed by DBSA, our chapters, and mental health care facilities across America.
Through more than 700 support groups and nearly 300 chapters, DBSA reaches millions of people each year with in-person and online peer support; current, readily understandable information about depression and bipolar disorder; nationally-recognized peer support services training; and empowering tools focused on an integrated approach to wellness.
DBSA is led by and created for individuals living with a mood disorder, and that experience informs everything that we do.
1. Community—DBSA creates the opportunity for meaningful lives by compassionately engaging with individuals and providing peer-led support groups, educational materials, and wellness tools that focus on resiliency, achievement, creativity, and connection.
2. Inspiration—DBSA celebrates peers’ accomplishments, including those of the many talented, successful individuals recognized by the public for their contributions to the world.
3. Wisdom—DBSA advances learning through research and experience while promoting a transformative understanding of mental health through wide, timely dissemination of information about the latest treatments, wellness practices, and lived experiences.
4. Responsibility—DBSA advocates for the right of peers to choose their own paths to mental, emotional, and physical wellness while promoting structures and practices that advance whole health and accessible care for everyone.
The Community Education and Outreach Consultant is a 10 month 10 hours per week contract including reimbursement for gas and mileage. Hours are flexible and could include evenings and weekends. This position reports to the Advocacy Vice President.
- Delivers community-based DBSA “How To Maximize Your Health Insurance Benefits” program throughout Pittsburgh and surrounding counties to multiple, diverse audiences;
- Conducts outreach to external stakeholders, including DBSA chapters, community partner agencies, schools, local health departments and healthcare providers, to promote and deliver a presentation that teaches the audience how to use their existing health insurance plans to obtain quality mental health care;
- Supports program evaluation, database management and program inventory;
- Assists in developing education and promotion materials, including legislative factsheets, action alerts, newsletter articles, op-ed and letters to the editor;
- Becomes an active participant in mental health parity coalitions;
- Tracks mental health parity legislation in Pennsylvania and assists Advocacy Vice President in delivering legislative storytelling workshops around mental health parity legislation
- Develops and tracks budgets; and
- Carries out other special projects and duties as assigned.