MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) West Virginia hosted an open house Saturday for Mental Health Awareness Month.
The DBSA offers many different resources for people struggling with mental health issues, in which they are:
- Free meetings
- Family support
- Support for veterans
- Free literature
- Depression Support
- Bipolar support
While talking about the resources her institution has to offer, Lynne Vespoint, President of DBSA WV, said, “It’s all free, all of our literature, we have statewide meetings, and the support are intended for anyone suffering from depression, bipolar disorder. disorder, or their family friends, loved ones, anyone. So, for heaven’s sake, dbsawv.org, find a meeting near you, and if there isn’t one, start one.
Vespoint started hosting in 2016, but they’ve been in the Morgantown facility since September, located in the Mountaineer Mall, and opened in January. She said events like these are “important because mental disorders are stigmatized in society” and feels they need to get the word out. At the open house, there was a student art exhibit, door prizes, snacks, drinks, and community support.
Towards the end, the alliance introduced a special room called “Andrea’s Room”. This coin was in memory of Denver Snyder’s daughter, Andrea Snyder. Snyder always put everyone above herself, and was constantly buying things for other people, taking them out, and just being a good person. She was battling depression and her family couldn’t believe it could hurt someone who was so happy.
Synder would take his daughter to places of treatment and bring her home. After she got home, she spent the rest of the day in bed, her depression only getting worse. Andrea Snyder tried different medications, but nothing seemed to help her. Denver Snyder explained that the drugs don’t work for everyone and said, “It’s good if someone can get help, because there is help.” I worked for a pharmaceutical company, they made drugs for depression. And, there are drugs there, you just have to try to take one. Medicine works, but you have to give it a chance.
When Andrea Snyder passed away, her obituary contained the donation link for the DBSA organization. They got a ton of donations from his obituary and they even sold t-shirts. “Andrea’s Room” was put in the facility in remembrance of her. Her bedroom doors have green seafood curtains, and the sign had a mermaid on it, because those were some of her favorite things.
The DBSA is hosting a conference this summer, but the location is yet to be determined. You can find more information and a way to donate here.