Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a cost to enter the DBSA 2011 Facing Us Video Contest?

No, entry is completely free!

When is the final deadline for videos to be submitted?

All videos must be received by DBSA on or before September 5, 2011.

Who is eligible to enter?

Anyone 18 or older who has the lived experience of living with a mood disorder may submit a video.

What information do I have to provide when entering my video?

If you are not willing or able to include detailed biographical information, limited information may be used. (Example: Cindy S., Chicago, IL) The amount of biographical information included will not be a factor in judging the videos.

How do I submit my video?

Videos can be submitted online or sent via mail on a CD/DVD to:
Attn: Facing Us Video Contest
730 N. Franklin Street, Suite 501
Chicago, IL 60654

How will videos be judged?

Videos will not be judged based on film or production quality, but on the overall impact of the message. Remember the theme of this year's contest is recovery.

How will I know if I win?

Winners will be notified by phone or email on/before Monday, September 12, 2011. (Please take care to make sure that all contact information is entered correctly on your submission form to ensure that notification is possible and timely.)

What is Facing Us?

In the fall of 2007, DBSA launched Facing Us, a national campaign to highlight the "face" of depression and bipolar disorder and to supply tools to those "facing"' the challenges of living with these illnesses. The Facing Us Clubhouse is where these tools are housed. The campaign was, and the Clubhouse is, aimed at bringing mood disorders out of the shadows; humanizing those with these illnesses; and helping those diagnosed to create a reality where they face a better future. The clubhouse can be found at

Who is DBSA?

The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) is the leading patient-directed national organization focusing on the most prevalent mental illnesses, depression and bipolar disorder. The organization fosters an environment of understanding about the impact and management of these life- threatening illnesses by providing up-to-date, scientifically-based tools and information written in language the general public can understand. DBSA supports research to promote more timely diagnosis, develop more effective and tolerable treatments and discover a cure. The organization works to ensure that people living with mood disorders are treated equitably. DBSA was founded in 1985 as a not-for- profit 501(c)(3) organization. For additional information, please visit We've been there. We can help.