About WeSearchTogether

In 2010, the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance and the University of Michigan Depression Center joined together to create a consumer clearinghouse for depression and bipolar research. The clearinghouse, now called WeSearchTogether.org provides researchers with the opportunity to connect with people living with mood disorders who are considering participating in research and provides potential research participants with the opportunity to learn more about research, and to have a voice in the priorities, direction and evaluation of depression and bipolar research.

WeSearchTogether was developed to:

  • Answer general questions about research

  • Provide information for individuals to make informed decisions about participating in research

  • Offer opportunities for people living with mood disorders and their families to get involved in research

  • Provide feedback to researchers on ways to best engage people living with mood disorders in research

  • Create dialogues in community settings to help individuals learn more about research and the need for participants

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About the Steering Council
WeSearchTogether Staff
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About the Partners

The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) is the leading patient-directed national organization focusing on the most prevalent mental illnesses. 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.

Assisted by a Scientific Advisory Board comprised of the leading researchers and clinicians in the field of mood disorders, DBSA has more than 800 peer-run support groups across the country. Nearly five million people request and receive information and assistance each year. DBSA’s mission is to improve the lives of people living with mood disorders.


Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA)

Established in 2001, the University of Michigan Depression Center (UMDC) is the first center of its kind devoted entirely to bringing depression into the mainstream of medical research, care, education and public policy. It is at the forefront in changing the paradigm of how depression is understood and treated. The mission of the University of Michigan Depression Center is to detect depression and bipolar disorders earlier, treat more effectively, prevent recurrences and progression, counteract stigma, and improve public policy.

University of Michigan Depression Center (UMDC)

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About the Steering Council

A diverse, multidisciplinary Consumer-Researcher Steering Council helps direct this project and ensures equal representation and commitment by consumers and researchers. The Council is currently made up of 4 people living with a mood disorder and 3 mental health researchers. This Council facilitates discussions and plans future directions of this project.

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WeSearchTogether Staff

The WeSearchTogether staff is made up of employees of DBSA and UMDC.

Allen Daniels, Ed.D.
DBSA Special Consultant

Ingrid Deetz
Chapters and Programs Vice President

Patricia Deldin, PhD
UMDC Associate Director

Lisa Goodale, MSW, LSW
DBSA Consulting Services Vice President

Maria Margaglione
DBSA Web & Visual Communications Director

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