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Winter 2017 Newsletter
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Spotlight on the Sutherland Center

15 Years of Service To Our Community

by Dr. Alisha Brosse
Sutherland Center Associate Director

This month marks 15 years since we saw our first client at the Sutherland Center. I joined the clinic just 8 months later. On such an anniversary, you might expect me to recap all that we’ve accomplished – how many people we have served, how many student therapists we have trained, and how many people we have educated through our seminar series. Instead, I’ve found my thoughts lingering on all the people we have not reached, or only reached after they had suffered for years.
 
Yoshi EndoFirst and foremost, I have been thinking of Yoshi Endo. Yoshi was 19 years and 24 days old when he ended his own life this past October. He left notes for his family detailing his struggle with bipolar disorder and providing them with resources to help them cope with their loss. Yet, he did not access professional resources himself. When his parents approached me at our November fundraiser to share their story, they wondered what might have been if there was a clinic like ours where Yoshi lived. 
 
At this same fundraising event, I was struck by Matt Vogl’s description of his year-long struggle to find adequate treatment after he decided to seek help when he was on the brink of suicide. In his key note address (click here to watch his talk), he said “I have spent so much time wondering… what my life would have been like had something like Sutherland been around at the time. Might I have gotten through this without being divorced? Might I have gotten through this without fearing losing my job and having years of trying to find an adequate provider? And, might I have gotten through it without buying that damn gun?”
 
I have the privilege of either treating directly or supervising the treatment of every patient at the Sutherland Center. I regularly hear from them what a difference our treatment has made in their lives. Although this warms my heart, I simultaneously feel deep sadness when I hear them contrast life now versus before coming to the Center. Like Mr. Vogl, they speak of years of mood instability without having a diagnosis to help them understand their experience or guide their treatment. They speak of being diagnosed but not having adequate treatment. They speak of the collateral damage, like lost relationships, careers, and financial stability. They speak of suicide attempts and hospital stays. Yes, their mood is more stable, they are functioning better, and they are more optimistic about the future than before coming to the Sutherland Center. And, what might they have been spared had they found us (or similar treatment) sooner?
 
We have a lot of work to do. We need to continue to talk about bipolar disorder – its signs and symptoms – so that people can more quickly recognize it in themselves or others. We need to continue to spread the word that there are effective treatments, and that education and psychotherapy (not just medications) are essential components of this treatment. We need to train more mental health providers in evidence-based therapies, so more people get these treatments more quickly. We need to continue to reach out to the family and friends of people with bipolar disorder: a strong social network goes a long way in the successful management of the disorder. We have to reach more people, earlier in the course of their illness.
 
We have a lot of work to do. Would you join us? Will you help spread the word about this illness? Will you help people navigate the health care system so they can access adequate treatment? Will you join the Endo family and Matt Vogl in their quest to decrease stigma by talking openly and compassionately about their experiences? Will you support us as we aspire to have an even greater impact over the next 15 years? I hope so. We need you.

Donations to the Sutherland Bipolar Center and Foundation can be made easily and securely online through Colorado Gives and the Community First Foundation. (click here)
Are you inspired to get involved? Our well-established specialty clinic
and foundation needs your skills, ideas and enthusiasm. Become a Volunteer!
Contact Rachel Cruz (info@rdsfoundation.org or 720-635-6563).

2016 -- A Year of Renewed Commitment

by Rachel Cruz
RDS Foundation Executive Director


We reached many milestones in 2016, accomplishments we only hoped we could achieve when the year began. And yet here we are now in 2017, strong in our convictions, stable in our focus that we will continue to be here to serve this community, and hopefully move beyond our own borders to help a wider world! Let's take a look at what happened last year that brought us to this point....

Our initial challenge actually began in October 2015 when our biggest angel donor, the CO Grand, said we had to raise $80,000 by the end of 2016 in order to unlock their annual gift to us. The Board knew this was a crucial year.

Click here to read more....

Upcoming Events

Monthly Library
Information Meetings

Wednesday, Jan 11th, 7-7:30pm
Boulder Public Library
1001 Arapahoe Ave
2nd Floor - Arapahoe Room
(click here for map)
FREE and open to all

Do you or someone you know want to learn more about what the Sutherland Bipolar Center and Foundation is all about? We'll talk about the services we offer and how you can access treatment. If you can't make this meeting, more dates are below for additional sessions. All meetings are held at the Boulder Public Library from 7-7:30pm.

February 21, 2017, Tuesday
March 21, 2017, Tuesday
April 12, 2017, Wednesday
May 24, 2017, Wednesday
June 14, 2017, Wednesday
(more info here)

“The Sutherland Center continues to be a very helpful (“helpful” is not a strong enough word) life-saving institution. Thank you for your support.” -- Mother of son with BP
Sutherland Seminar Series
Monday, Jan 30th, 6:30pm-8:00pm
In partnership and hosted by Hopelight Medical Clinic
Longmont Church of Christ building
1351 Collyer St
Longmont, CO 80501
(click here for map)
FREE, donations happily accepted

Join us once a week through March 20th for one, some or all of the eight in-depth lecture series on bipolar disorders, everything from diagnosis, treatment, medication management, sleep, nutrition/exercise, finding a therapist, the reciprocal effects on relationships, relapse prevention, and much more. Led by our licensed clinical psychologist, Dr. Alisha Brosse, she has almost 15 years of experience treating clients with bipolar disorder and mentors graduate students to gain the skills to help them, too.
(more info here)

"She knows more about bipolar disorder than anyone I've ever met!" -- participant in a recent
Seminar Series
Know someone who is challenged by bipolar disorder and is looking for
treatment services? Call us. We can help -- 303-492-5680.

Much gratitude to our Corporate Sponsor

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Copyright © 2017 Robert D Sutherland Memorial Foundation / Sutherland Bipolar Center, All rights reserved.


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