At DBSA, we strive to brighten lives by offering a sense of community and hope while providing empowering resources and services for mental well-being.

During the holiday season, we count on donations and acts of support to help us foster hope, healing, and a brighter future for all individuals living with mood disorders!


Impact of DBSA’s Brightness!

DBSA provides a safe space for people to share their mental health journeys. We believe giving space to someone living with a mental health condition is deeply humanizing because it shows a mood disorder is only one aspect of a person. Not only do these stories inspire hope and brighten our community, but they also de-stigmatize mood disorders.

Lauren Yang, PsyD

Recognizing that I will always live with bipolar disorder and that I am more than my diagnosis, I am proud to say that I am working as a clinical psychologist, 10 years after my first hypomanic episode. I understand how frustrating and isolating the challenges can be, and yet I have personally witnessed the impact of our work in creating resources and speaking on our own lived experiences.

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Jimmy Gibbs

After four hospitalizations, I was referred to my DBSA support group. This sacred place gave me a place to talk, learn coping skills, and develop a comradery of people just like me. I am sure I suffered from depression and bipolar for many years before my formal diagnosis, but the most recent 30 years of my life were much brighter thanks to DBSA support groups.

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Dr. Carrie Player Sexton, Ph.D, Certified Peer Specialist

It was not until I attended the DBSA peer specialist training I found my true calling and niche. Using my past to help others aided me in not carrying that dark cloud with me. It took away the lack of discussion about my journey, and I have begun to help others with my past. I genuinely feel I can relate, promote social change, and use what I suffered from, went through, and have survived as a way to not only help me accept my past but bring purpose to my journey as well.

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Dr. John Tamerin

Despite the upheaval, our group stood as an unwavering pillar of support, which led to not a single member requiring hospitalization or any suicide attempts. In the weekly groups, we connect, we chat, and we build a deep social network that creates a community of people who really care about each other.

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Share Brightness

This holiday season, we call you to brighten lives by sharing DBSA’s mission and resources with your network to spread hope and end stigma. Below are some of our most popular resources, as well as email and social media templates. This season is a time of great generosity. Share with your network something you are passionate about, and they might support you as well!

Email Template Fundraiser Guide Social Media Kit

DBSA Resources that Brighten Lives

Our most popular resources to share with your family and friends

Wellness Toolbox

The road to wellness begins with you. Below are some tools to help you communicate better with your doctor, keep track of your symptoms and moods, and record the progress you’re making.

The DBSA Wellness Wheel is an easy-to-use tool that focuses on your strengths in seven key areas of life.   

Wellness Wheel 

Our Wellness Tracker can be an essential resource to understand your moods, symptoms, medications, and lifestyle. 

Wellness Tracker

And for the holiday season, find wellness tips and exercises to help you through the season.

Take Stock of Your Wellness

Prevent Holiday Stress


Support Groups

All DBSA support groups are free of charge. Online and in-person 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. DBSA support groups serve tens of thousands of people living with depression and bipolar disorder and give them a safe, welcoming place to share experiences, discuss coping skills, and brighten lives. In addition to our general online support groups, we offer identity-focused groups for the Black and Rural communities, young adults, Veterans, tardive dyskinesia and movement conditions, co-occurring conditions, parents/caregivers, and family and friends.

Find a Local Support Group 

Join an Online Support Group


DBSA amplifies the peer voice by giving peers the opportunity to share their experience with audiences including public health decision-makers and medical product developers. Last year thousands of stakeholders, researchers, policymakers, and advocates heard the peer perspective, which supports treatment outcomes that are relevant to the peer. 

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