DBSA Princeton presented a Community Education Panel on Depression yesterday at NAMI Mercer’s offices in Lawrenceville. The program was developed by the DBSA national organization to encourage affiliated chapters, such as Princeton, to do outreach to and educate the community. The five panelists are attendees of DBSA Princeton’s support group for persons affected by mood disorders.
Panelists and attendees alike participated in an animated and emotive discussion about the experience of depression, how it affects lives, and coping strategies. Topics included depression and relationships, the workplace and dual diagnosis. Also discussed were depression and men, young adults, and suicidal thoughts. Regarding the last, an attendee remarked about being impressed by how a person can turn such thinking into a coping mechanism by “deferring to a planned future date” to put a time limit on suffering, while allowing for life circumstances to change, it is hoped, for the better, thereby improving one’s perspective on life.
DBSA Princeton’s support groups meet Tuesday at 7:30 PM at the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro. For more information, see http://dbsanewjersey.org/princeton or write us at firstname.lastname@example.org. NAMI Mercer has been serving the needs of families and persons affected by mental illness for about 30 years. Information on their many programs, including the annual Harvest of Hope conference on Saturday, October 11, is at http://namimercer.org. You may reach them by calling 609-799-8994 or emailing to email@example.com.