Dave's Spark Creativity Center

Find your creative outlet in the Dave's Spark Creativity Center! This part of the Clubhouse celebrates the creative spark and the important role it plays in living a full and meaningful life. Creative expression can help us not only to cope but to thrive in the face of life's challenges. Here, you'll find podcasts, workshops and online courses to help you learn how to use your own creativity as a wellness tool.


"Eavesdrop" on musicians, authors, researchers, artists and other experts as they talk about the creative process.

  • Drawing Strength: How a cartoonist and visual journalist finds solace and strength creating an illustrated book to share his personal story
  • Writing Towards Wellness with Memoir: How writing a memoir can be an empowering step toward self-knowledge and wellness.
  • Comedy Rx: How stand-up comedy helps individuals stand up for themselves
  • Music Can Soothe the Soul: An interview with the Facing Us 2008 Music Contest Winners


Writing is a wonderful form of creative expression that everyone can engage in, and benefit from. Join Elizabeth Maynard Schaefer, PhD, author of Writing through the Darkness: Easing Your Depression with Paper and Pen, for a virtual workshop on how journaling, blogging and/or creative writing can help ease emotional trauma and depressive symptoms—and even improve the immune system.

  • Sparking Creativity in Healing: Expressing Yourself on Paper (50-minute video)

Online Courses... NEW!

Creative outlets—music, scrapbooking, photography, etc.—are personal wellness tools anyone can use. Learn how through this new, self-paced course. A collaboration between DBSA and Lana Castle, author of Finding Your Bipolar Muse, the course discusses how to handle creative barriers, create the time and space you need for your activity, find focus, deal with criticism, and much more.

Launch "Tapping Your Creative Flow," a self-paced course on creative expression.

Facing Us Radio

Turn up the volume on the Facing Us Radio! Tune in to the winning songs that were voted finalists in our 2008 Music Contest. Create a playlist of your favorites, and listen to them while you visit other rooms in the Clubhouse. Let the music play!

Art Gallery

They say a picture is worth a thousand words... see for yourself! Be inspired in the Art Gallery section of the Media Room, featuring art created by peers that have found strength and purpose through their drawing, painting and photography.

'08 Music Contest: Finalists and Winners

Among the Facing Us 2008 Music Contest finalists' songs, you'll find love songs, personal stories and musings that run the gamut of musical styles - rock, bluegrass, instrumental, folk, experimental, country, alternative, hip hop, contemporary piano. And the winners are... (Listen to the songs or create a personal playlist of your favorites.)

Tip Appointment Confusion

I scheduled an appointment with my psychologist and my psychiatrist on the same day at the same time. To make this a little funnier, they aren't under the same shingle, but they are right next door to each other (very handy). I just can't keep up with those little appointment cards. So I got out a promise journal I had bought a year ago. I put the psychologist name on one page and the psychiatrist name on the next page. I carry it to each appointment. When the next appointment is scheduled, instead of them writing it on an appt. card, I give them my promise journal turned to the appropriate page. I also let them know to look at the other doctor's page to make sure I'm not doubled up again. It has been a miracle. The remainder of the pages in the promise journal I date and write down the things I need to discus with whomever I am seeing that day and instructions they give me to follow.