DBSA Online Support Group
Welcome to the DBSA online support group! We're glad you found us. If you are new to the DBSA online group, let us walk you through the experience.
DBSA's online support group meets at selected times. Please note that you will not be able to access the online meeting room outside of these times. The online support group is capped at 12 participants and the room opens 10 minutes before the meeting time. Groups fill up quickly, so try to arrive early. Participation in the groups is on a first-come, first-served basis.
*Please note - there will be no meeting on Monday, Sept 7th due to the Labor Day holiday. Thank you!*
The online support group and the DBSAlliance.org logins are different. If you've never used the online support groups, you must create an account.
DBSA Online Support Group Meeting Time
Please read before logging in below.
All users are asked to follow these guidelines while participating in a DBSA online support group.
All participants will need to register the first time they log in to the online meeting room. This registration is different than your registration on the main DBSA website. When selecting your user-name please remember that this will be a public identifier while in the support group. You may not wish to use your full name. You will only need to register once. The online support group requires Java; click here to see if your computer has Java. If your computer does not have Java, you can download it for free from http://www.java.com/.
If you've recently updated your Java to the latest version, you may have a problem seeing the login box. To resolve the issue with the latest update of Java, please try the steps below. (You must close all browsers first before doing this.)
Each online support group meets for 90 minutes. The groups may be shortened if there are fewer participants.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Please do your best to arive to online support group meetings on time and commit to remaining until the end. We understand things come up, but participants who arrive late or leave early can be very disruptive to the flow of the meeting. If you log into a meeting more than 30 minutes after the meeting begins, you will be asked to leave that night's meeting. We encourage you to review the meeting times listed below and find a time that better matches your availability. You are invited to attend any meeting that you can make it to on time. We appreciate your assistance in keeping these meetings safe and productive for all.
The online support group meeting room opens 10 minutes before the start of the online support group and closes 30 minutes after the group has ended. The online meeting room is not open at other times. Our rooms fill up quickly, so please arrive early. Participation in the groups is on a first-come, first-served basis.
Looking for a real-time online support group that meets at another time?
Please note, DBSA does not endorse any organization listed below nor endorse or recommend the use of any specific treatment or medication listed on this website.
Depression Recovery Groups (video-based, real-time online support group)
Depression Recovery Groups (video-based, real-time online support group) The founder of our Conejo Valley, California chapter has used his experience with support groups and technology to develop a new type of online meeting. The peer-led meetings are done with webconference technology. This allows participants to see their group leader and to talk with each other using a phone line or VOIP (their computer). Participants can also see and interact with slides that facilitators use to help structure the meetings. Meetings are free but there is a voluntary "virtual pass the basket" where participants can contribute whatever they feel is appropriate. Click on this link to join the site and register for the Depression Recovery Group meeting: www.depressionrecoverygroups.com/DBSA.
All DBSA support groups follow the same basic meeting structure.
I'm unable to log in to the DBSA online support groups using my DBSA website username and password.
How do I register for the DBSA online support groups?
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Questions about the online support group? Visit the Online Support Group User's Guide.
Learn more about mood disorders by reading DBSA's brochures.
DBSA has over 700 in-person support groups. Find one here.
No in-person support group in your community? Start a DBSA chapter!
Looking for wellness tools or a little inspiration? Visit FacingUs.org, your online home for wellness.
Interested in being an online support group facilitator? Click here for the application.