Founder of Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
1939 - 2014
We are saddened by the loss of our greatest supporter and founder Gary Levering. After an extended period of difficult health issues, our brave and dearly loved friend passed away peacefully June 13, 2014 with his loving wife Jo Ann and their daughters Janice and LeAnn at his side.
Houston Chronicle Obituary: Gary Levering
In 1979, a grassroots effort of dedicated individuals with depression and bipolar disorder, collectively known as “mood disorders”, formed DBSA Greater Houston to provide free support groups for themselves and others who lived with these difficult mental illnesses. During the first 20 years, a few of these volunteers, including Gary, took leadership positions within the organization. In addition to facilitating support groups once a week, they formed a small board and received non-profit status. In 1989, the Houston chapter joined the national DBSA organization.
In 2003, Gary saw the potential for growth. His vision was to strengthen the organization and provide additional groups in the community. He did this by identifying and recruiting a strong, dedicated, active board of directors, generating significant funding, and hiring a professional staff to support the program.
Gary consistently encouraged us to Think Big! Thanks to Gary’s vision, DBSA Greater Houston provides 70 support groups in 50 locations.
Gary's vision for DBSA Greater Houston guides us as we carry out our mission to provide free and confidential support groups to individuals living with, or family and friends affected, by depression and bipolar disorders. Learn more about the Gary L. Levering Endowment.
Gary's Personal Story
Watch Gary share his personal story: "Mental Illness and Helping Others" at The Men's Breakfast Club on March 27, 2003.