About Support Groups and Chapters

The 21 million Americans coping with mood disorders and their families need a greater understanding of how these illnesses affect their lives. We all need support from people who have been there and who understand our journey. After proper diagnosis and treatment, the support from others is vital to a lifetime of wellness. DBSA chapters can provide that support and much more.

As independent affiliates of DBSA in their communities, DBSA chapters offer nearly 650 peer-run support groups where you will find comfort and direction in a confidential and supportive setting, and where you can make a difference in the lives of others. The selection of services offered differs by chapter, depending upon the needs of its participants. Most support groups are volunteer run and provide self-help through facilitated meetings. They are not group therapy; however, many of our chapters have professional advisors (typically a psychiatrist, psychologist, nurse, or social worker) from the community.

In addition to participating in the group meetings, you will meet people from your community who can relate to your experiences. You may learn valuable information about mental health professionals and services in your area, as well as tips and techniques others use to manage their illness.

Other services some chapters offer in addition to their support groups include educational sessions, newsletters, lending libraries, and special events. Some offer information on mental health professionals in your area or upcoming mental health legislation in your state.

Take the next step toward wellness for yourself or someone you love. Use our Support Group Locator to find the DBSA chapter nearest you.

The Value of DBSA Support Groups

DBSA support groups provide the kind of sharing and caring that is crucial for a lifetime of wellness.

DBSA support groups:

  • give you the opportunity to reach out to others and benefit from the experience of those who have been there.
  • motivate you to follow your treatment plan.
  • help you understand that a mood disorder does not define who you are.
  • help you rediscover strengths and humor you may have thought you had lost.
  • provide a forum for mutual acceptance, understanding, and self-discovery.

Remember, support groups are not a substitute for professional care. DBSA chapters and support groups do not endorse or recommend the use of any specific treatment or medication. For advice about specific treatment or medication, individuals should consult their physicians and/or mental health professionals.

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