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DBSA Princeton’s Depression Community Education Program at NAMI Mercer on Sunday, October 5

By September 22, 2014March 24th, 2023New Jersey

To help provide peer, family and community support, DBSA Princeton will present a Depression Community Education Program to be held at NAMI Mercer on Sunday October 5, 2014. The program will run from 2 PM to 4 PM. NAMI Mercer is in Lawrence Township at the Lawrence Commons building which can be accessed from the Porsche Dealer—Lawrence Commons entrance to Mercer Mall on US Route 1 South. Directions are at The entrance to NAMI Mercer is at the distant (downhill) end of the building

The Depression Community Education program is a two-hour session that features educational videos, open dialogue and panel discussions. It is free and open to people diagnosed with a mood disorder as well as family, friends and the general public. The program utilizes personal stories to focus on

  • What depression is
  • Its impact on work/employment
  • Its impact on relationships
  • How it manifests in young adults
  • How men may experience depression
  • Special issues related to having a dual diagnosis
  • Recovery after experiencing suicidal thoughts

The program was created by the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) to help educate individuals about depression and help them learn from first-hand stories of those dealing with the many facets of depression. Depression and bipolar disorder affect more than 21 million Americans and account for 90% of the nation’s suicides every year. After proper diagnosis and treatment, the support of others is vital to a lifetime of wellness.

This event launches NAMI Mercer’s activities for Mental Illness Awareness Week from October 5 to 11, culminating in their sixth annual Harvest of Hope Conference on October 11. For information about these events, and the many other programs and resources they provide, visit

DBSA Princeton has held weekly peer support group meetings since 2004 at the University Medical Center of Princeton where persons living with a mood disorder, including family and friends, can find comfort and direction in a confidential and supportive setting. Information is at /princeton.