DBSA – Depression Bipolar Support Alliance Support Groups

DBSA – Depression Bipolar Support Alliance Support Groups

 

DBSA online support groups give people living with depression and bipolar disorder a safe, welcoming place to share experiences, discuss coping skills, and offer each other hope. With the support of generous donors and friends, we are rapidly adding more groups to meet the urgent need for online support.

Our support groups are led by peers – which means that the person guiding the meeting knows firsthand what it’s like to live with a mood disorder. In addition to our general support groups, we offer specialized groups for:

  • Young adults
  • Military Veterans from all branches of the service
  • Female minority Veterans
  • Seniors aged 60 and over, offered in English and Spanish
  • Friends, family and caregivers caring for loved ones with mood disorders

All DBSA online support groups are free of charge. However, in this time of growing need, we welcome gifts in any amount that will help us open more groups to meet the demand. Click here to give.

Join a Support Group

Our meeting schedule is listed below. Please log in to register for and attend a support group. If you haven’t already created a user account, we welcome you to do so. The process is quick and easy.

  UPCOMING MEETINGS

Meeting Date & Time Group Leader
DBSA Family and Friends Support Group Sunday, September 6, 2020
1:00 PM PT
Team Led
Female Minority Veterans Peer Support Group Sunday, September 6, 2020
4:00 PM PT
DBSA Online Support Group Sunday, September 6, 2020
5:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Online Support Group Monday, September 7, 2020
1:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Young Adult Support Group Monday, September 7, 2020
4:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Senior Strength Tuesday, September 8, 2020
10:00 AM PT
Douglas Hulst
DBSA Senior Strength Tuesday, September 8, 2020
3:00 PM PT
Jennifer Adkison
DBSA Online Support Group Tuesday, September 8, 2020
4:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Online Support Group Wednesday, September 9, 2020
9:00 AM PT
Team Led
DBSA Family and Friends Support Group Wednesday, September 9, 2020
4:30 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Senior Strength Spanish Language Thursday, September 10, 2020
4:00 PM PT
Monica Severson
DBSA Senior Strength Thursday, September 10, 2020
5:00 PM PT
Vail Smith
DBSA Online Support Group Thursday, September 10, 2020
5:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Military Veterans Friday, September 11, 2020
11:00 AM PT
Farley Calhoun
DBSA Online Support Group Friday, September 11, 2020
1:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Online Support Group Saturday, September 12, 2020
9:00 AM PT
Team Led
DBSA Young Adult Support Group Saturday, September 12, 2020
3:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Family and Friends Support Group Sunday, September 13, 2020
1:00 PM PT
Team Led
Female Minority Veterans Peer Support Group Sunday, September 13, 2020
4:00 PM PT
DBSA Online Support Group Sunday, September 13, 2020
5:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Online Support Group Monday, September 14, 2020
1:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Young Adult Support Group Monday, September 14, 2020
4:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Senior Strength Tuesday, September 15, 2020
10:00 AM PT
Douglas Hulst
DBSA Senior Strength Tuesday, September 15, 2020
3:00 PM PT
Jennifer Adkison
DBSA Online Support Group Tuesday, September 15, 2020
4:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Online Support Group Wednesday, September 16, 2020
9:00 AM PT
Team Led
DBSA Family and Friends Support Group Wednesday, September 16, 2020
4:30 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Senior Strength Spanish Language Thursday, September 17, 2020
4:00 PM PT
Monica Severson
DBSA Senior Strength Thursday, September 17, 2020
5:00 PM PT
Vail Smith
DBSA Online Support Group Thursday, September 17, 2020
5:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Military Veterans Friday, September 18, 2020
11:00 AM PT
Ted Thomas
DBSA Online Support Group Friday, September 18, 2020
1:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Online Support Group Saturday, September 19, 2020
9:00 AM PT
Team Led
DBSA Young Adult Support Group Saturday, September 19, 2020
3:00 PM PT
Team Led

 

Meeting Guidelines

We read the guidelines before each meeting to remind us that we are all responsible for following and committing to the group standards, which are in place to keep this group a safe place to share.

Share the air
Everyone who wishes to share has an opportunity to do so. No one person should monopolize group time.

One person speaks at a time
Each person should be allowed to speak free from interruption and side conversations.

What is said here stays here
This is the essential principle of confidentiality, and MUST be respected by all.

Differences of opinion are o.k.
We are ALL entitled to our own point of view.

We are all equal
We accept cultural, linguistic, social and racial differences and promote their acceptance.

Use “I” language
Because we do not participate in support groups as credentialed professionals, we do not INSTRUCT or ADVISE. We however do share from our own personal experiences. We are unique individuals, and only we know what is best for our own health (along with our doctor’s recommendations). Example: “In my experience, I have found…”

It’s o.k. not to share
People do not have to share if they do not wish to.

It’s everyone’s responsibility to make the discussion groups a safe place to share.
We respect confidentiality, treat each other with respect and kindness, and show compassion.

 

Have questions?
Here’s how to reach us:

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
55 E. Jackson Blvd, Suite 490
Chicago IL 60604 

  (800) 826-3632
  Website