What to Expect
Self Help DBSA support group meetings focus on mutual aid and strategies for living the fullest life possible. By sharing experiences, insights, and ideas, people get peer-to-peer support from others who have been in their shoes.
Acceptance and Safety: by fostering a supportive, trustworthy, respectful, nonjudgmental atmosphere, participants make the groups a safe place for each other. All those attending have the opportunity to share their struggles, triumphs, experiences, and suggestions.
Confidentiality: everything said at the group, stays in the group. Exceptions to this rule are made only when safety is a concern.
Peer Leadership: each support group meeting is facilitated by a peer. The facilitator(s) provides focus to the group, makes sure the principals are followed, and ensures the safety and well being of the participants.
What We Are Not
This is not an alternative for therapy.
We are not experts in the field - we're for the peers, by the peers.
This is not a religious or 12-step meeting.
What We Are
A free, non-profit group of peers that are
here for you.
The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) envisions wellness for people living with mood disorders (depression and bipolar disorder).
The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) is a leading national organization focusing on mood disorders including depression and bipolar disorder, which affect over 21 million Americans, account for over 50% of the nation’s suicides every year, and cost $23 billion in lost workdays and other workplace losses.
DBSA offers peer-based, wellness-oriented support and empowering services and resources available when people need them, where they need them, and how they need to receive them—online 24/7, in local support groups, in audio and video casts, or in printed materials distributed by DBSA, our chapters, and mental health care facilities across America.
Through our extensive online and print resources and our nearly 600 support groups and more than 200 chapters, DBSA reaches millions of people each year with in-person and online peer support; current, readily understandable information about depression and bipolar disorder; and empowering tools focused on an integrated approach to wellness.
Although our name may be targeting towards Depression and Bipolar, we're here for all disorders that influence your mood i.e. anxiety, OCD, Borderline Personality Disorder and more.
If you're struggling, we have a place for you.