Gov. Haslam proclaims depression, bipolar awareness day in Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – Gov. Haslam has proclaimed Tuesday as Depression, Bipolar and Mood Disorder Awareness Day.

The proclamation coincides with World Mental Health Day. Haslam issued it at the request of the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) of Tennessee, a branch of the national organization based in Chicago. The volunteer, peer-directed organization provides hope, help, support and education to help those with mood disorders. There are 16 peer-led chapters in Tennessee that provide 56 monthly meetings.

“Mood disorders, including bipolar and depression, touch the lives of thousands of Tennessee residents, their families and loved ones every day,” said DBSA Tennessee Director Daisy Jabas in a news release. “At DBSA, we focus on the two most prevalent mental health conditions – bipolar and depression – which affect more than 21 million Americans and account for 90% of the nation’s suicides every year.”

DBSA is partnering with restaurant management company Capstone Concepts, LLC of Knoxville to raise awareness and funds. Capstone operates First Watch Daytime Cafe throughout Tennessee. Donations will be accepted at locations in Turkey Creek, Bearden, Lovell Road and Fountain City.

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