Frequently Asked Questions

Is it Therapy?

Our support groups do not serve as group therapy; members are encouraged to work with their own therapists, as well as to attend meetings frequently. Many of our chapters have professional advisers, (typically a psychiatrist, psychologist, nurse, or social worker), that are available for Chapter leaders to go to for any needed guidance.

Who can attend?
Everyone can come. DBSA’s mission is to improve the lives of people who live with depression and bipolar disorder.
Can family and friends come?
It is vital to recovery for family and friends to give help and support. Our groups can give them a better understanding so they know how to provide help for their loved ones.
What happens at a meeting?
Support is essential to recovery. One of the most helpful things one person can hear (or say to another) is “I’ve been there.” Depression and bipolar disorder can be isolating illnesses, but DBSA has many ways to help connect you with others who have been there as well.

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 condition.

Who leads the meeting?
Meetings are led by peers, members, who have been trained to facilitate and have the lived experience of depression or bipolar.