Family Caregiver Advisory Panel

Seeking diverse perspectives on mood disorders in the family

Families for Depression Awareness’ Family Caregiver Advisory Panel is made up of volunteer members who share their personal experiences of supporting a loved one living with depression or bipolar disorder with others. The Family Caregiver Advisory Panel serves as a sounding board for FFDA leadership on issues of programmatic direction, caregiver advocacy, and the general needs of family caregivers.

Panel members will be asked to participate in quarterly phone or videoconference calls and will be offered the opportunity to provide direct feedback to FFDA’s corporate partners through surveys, phone calls, and/or focus groups. Occasionally, members of the Advisory Panel may be invited to represent FFDA in connection with media opportunities.

Through your participation, you will:

  • share insights with other caregivers
  • make an impact on mental health education and suicide prevention
  • influence the messaging around mental health and families nationwide.

Qualifications

  • Must believe strongly in the mission of FFDA, that family caregivers have essential roles supporting their loved ones living with depression or bipolar disorder in getting well and preventing suicides
  • Must have experience supporting a person with a mood disorder (depression, bipolar disorder, dysthymia)
  • Must be available for at least 3 phone/videoconference meetings a year
  • Must be comfortable speaking to others in a small group
  • Must be willing to share insights from personal experience with FFDA staff, fellow panel members, and corporate partners

Time commitment

Approximately 10-15 hours annually, depending on how many opportunities to participate are accepted.

Compensation

The Family Caregiver Advisory Panel is made up of volunteer members. Although no formal compensation will be offered, panel members who participate in at least 4 opportunities in a calendar year (e.g., calls, surveys) by December 31, 2020 will receive a $100 honorarium.

Questions? Email Valerie Cordero.

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