Creativity Center Presenters

DBSA would like to thank all of the talented individuals who have generously provided their time and talent in support of the Dave's Spark Creativity Center.


Writing Towards Wellness with Memoir

  • Paula Lambert
    Paula Lambert holds a Master's of Fine Arts in Creative Writing (Fiction) from Bowling Green State University in Ohio and has taught creative writing and composition at the college level for 16 years. In 2004, she received an Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship in creative nonfiction for her memoir, "Fruit of My Wound."

Music Can Soothe the Soul: An interview with the Facing Us 2008 Music Contest Winners

  • Ben Mitchell Arthur (3rd Place)
    From Montgomery, Alabama, Ben is a vocalist, lyricist and graphic designer living in recovery from depression, schizophrenia and substance use. His music, and his personal reflections about mental illness, have been featured on local and national public radio. He is also the author of a book called A Simple Twist of Faith, available at www.LuLu.com. He can be found online at http://www.myspace.com/421824394.
  • Miria (S. Miria Jo) (2nd Place)
    Miria, a singer/songwriter from chilly New England, now lives in sunny Los Angeles, where she co-produced the first Los Angeles Women's Music Festival: http://www.lawmf.com. Her album, Under the Surface,, is available on Amazon, and on her website, http://www.miriamusic.com.
  • Ray Henry Ulrich (1st Place)
    Ray is a lifelong artist, performer and musician. His current music project is called "Radio Jesus," for which he writes, performs and produces all music and has released a CD titled Reaper in the Garden. He can be found online at www.myspace.com/radiojesus2012 or www.radiojesusmusic.com.

Comedy Rx: How stand-up comedy helps individuals stand up for themselves


Sparking Creativity in Healing: Expressing Yourself on Paper

  • Elizabeth Maynard Schaefer, PhD
    Author of Writing through the Darkness: Easing Your Depression with Paper and Pen, Elizabeth is a science journalist, mental health advocate and pioneer in using creative writing as a tool for easing depression. Since 1998, she has led a unique creative writing program for people with mood disorders, meeting at the Stanford University Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.

Online Courses

Tapping Your Creative Flow: A self-paced course on creative expression

  • Lana Castle
    Based in Austin, Lana is the author of Finding Your Bipolar Muse and Bipolar Disorder Demystified, as well as a speaker and mental health advocate with a passion for the creative arts. She has 28 years' experience in communications and training, as well experience in cartooning, graphics arts, dance, music, photography, theatre, and video and filmmaking.

Tip one step at a time, on your time

Have quiet prayer time, even if it's just 5 mintues, God is listening. I find going to bed and waking up the same time every night /morning is good for the brain. Get plenty of sleep if you can. Eat less sugar in your diet and no caffeine. Walking is a good relief for the stress trigger. Look into yourself and find what you want to do not what others expect you to do. Keep your plate as empty as possible. Take advantage of manic highs and get stuff done that YOU want done. In manic lows, take it slow, watch a funny movie, write in a journal, get out all that is hurting you. This is what helps me :o}