New Directions Delaware, Inc.

An Affiliated Chapter of the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA)

End of New Directions Era-Important Message from the President:

For over twenty years, New Directions Delaware has provided peer support and educational opportunities for those with mood disorders and their family and friends. Unfortunately, the board has come to a very difficult decision. The New Directions Delaware program will be ending in August 2019. We are no longer able to offer monthly educational programs. We will continue peer support meetings twice monthly through August 26, 2019. The primary reason for this is steadily decreasing attendance over the past few years. Also, as a 100% volunteer organization, replacing facilitators, board members and volunteers who have chosen to retire or resign has not been possible.

When New Directions began, the idea of peer support was still very new. Since then other support groups have emerged, education is easier to come by, and there is greater social awareness of mental health needs. We are hopeful that other organizations will adequately fill the void that the end of the New Directions’ era leaves. The board will be forever grateful to all the people who have supported New Directions’ mission by donating time, money and resources for many years.

In closing, the following plan for 2019 is in place: New Directions will no longer be accepting charitable donations. We will responsibly disperse our remaining funds to a local mental health organization and officially disband the 501(c)(3) designation by 12/31/2019. During this time, we will help find as many resources as possible for our members to aid in this transition for our participants. We will be transparent with all plans and decisions. Please direct any questions regarding our transition plan for New Directions by email to support@newdirectionsdelaware.org.

Respectfully submitted,

Ian Geiser, President

Final Support Meeting Schedule

APRIL 8 AND 22

MAY 13 ( NO MEETING ON 27)

JUNE 10 AND 24

JULY 8 AND 22

AUGUST 12 AND 26

Aldersgate United Methodist Church

2313 Concord Pike (Rt. 202)

Wilmington, Delaware 19803

Meetings begin promptly at 7:15 PM and end promptly at 9:00 PM. Please arrive 10 to 15 minutes early so we may start on time.

New Directions Delaware, Inc. is a support group for people with depression or bipolar disorder (manic depression) and for their families and friends. We are located in Wilmington, Delaware, and our members come from Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Maryland.

We offer support meetings twice a month (on the second and fourth Monday) All meetings are open to the public, but only to persons 18 years of age and older who have depression or bipolar disorder, and their adult family and friends. The New Directions Charter and tax status legally restricts us to adult participants. All meetings are free.

Email us at support@newdirectionsdelaware.org

or call us at (302)286-1161 for more information