Social Connections For Well Being


IN Mood Rings is an online community developed by the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance of Indiana (DBSAI) for people and families dealing with any type of mood disorder or substance abuse issue. It's designed to connect members to important resources as well as to provide emotional support, education and inspiration for all people dealing with mental health and substance abuse issues.

Depression and Bipolar



DBSAI Is Improving Lives


Each year, DBSAI reaches people to give them the message that there is help and hope; and that no one with these illnesses needs to feel alone. Depression and bipolar disorder are real, treatable illnesses.

No matter how people find support from DBSA---whether it’s through our peer-led support groups, through the many brochures that we distribute each year, or through our outreach and training programs---we are proud that our message of hope, help and recovery is being heard. And that our mission, to improve the lives of people living with mood disorders, is being fulfilled.

Our Mission: To educate patients, families, professionals and the public concerning the nature of depressive and manic-depressive illness as a medical disease; to foster self-help for patients and families; to eliminate discrimination and stigma; to improve access to care; and to advocate for research toward the elimination of these illnesses.



Types of Depression

Major Depression is manifested by a combination of symptoms that interfere with the ability to work, eat, sleep, and enjoy normally enjoyable activities. These disabling episodes can occur once, twice, or several times in a lifetime. These are the symptoms that doctors look for when examining their patients for major depression:

Read more: Types of Depression

Causes & Treatments of Depression

Some types of depression run in families, indicating that a biological vulnerability can be inherited. This seems to be the case with bipolar illness. Studies of families in which members of each generation develop bipolar disorder found that those with the illness have a somewhat different genetic makeup than those who do not get ill. However the reverse is not true: that is, not everyone with the genetic makeup that causes vulnerability to bipolar disorder has the illness.

Read more: Causes & Treatments of Depression

Depression: A "Whole Body" Illness

Depression is a common and costly disease which affects approximately 17.6 million Americans each year and over one million Hoosiers are at lifetime risk. Depression is more than "the blues," it can not be willed or wished away. It is not a sign of personal weakness. It is a flaw in chemistry, not character. This illness affects mood, thought, body, and behavior. Some people may have one episode, where others will have it a lifetime.

Read more: Depression: A "Whole Body" Illness

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Helpful Links and Resources

  • -- dedicated to promoting mental health, preventing mental and substance use conditions and achieving victory over mental illnesses and addictions through advocacy, education, research and service.
  • -- National Depression Bipolar Support Alliance-provides mental health news, education, wellness options, peer support, family/friends support, support group locator and self-help ideas.


Sextons Creek

Sextons Creek, a strategic services and communications firm serving clients in the area of government relations, strategic communications, media productions, and business services, represents Mental Health America of Indiana at the Indiana General Assembly where Stephen C. McCaffrey serves as Principal & Chief Policy Officer.

Among other services, Sextons Creek assists patients, providers, professionals, not-for-profits and pharmaceutical companies to collaborate with other stakeholders to improve access to healthcare in public health and criminal justice settings.

Sextons Creek provides services to MHAI that include legislative and regulatory monitoring, issue management, research, and legislative and administrative lobbying.  All clients of Sextons Creek as well as The Third House (which has represented MHAI and joined Sextons Creek) clients receiving lobbying services are registered with the Indiana Lobby Registration Commission at:

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