About DBSA

Our Vision

The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) envisions wellness for people living with mood disorders (depression and bipolar disorder).

Our Mission

DBSA provides hope, help, support, and education to improve the lives of people who have mood disorders.

DBSA’s Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

DBSA recognizes the unique ways identity, culture, and access affect people living with mood disorders. We strive to create safe and inclusive spaces for individuals to feel empowered on their own path to wellness. DBSA seeks to create equitable access to peer support services and mental health resources and advocate for all individuals with a lived experience with a mood disorder, regardless of cultural and social identity or systemic barriers.

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Who We Are

The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) is the leading national organization focusing on mood disorders, including depression and bipolar disorder, which affect over 21 million Americans, account for over 50% of the nation’s suicides every year, and cost $23 billion in lost workdays and other workplace losses.

DBSA offers peer-based, wellness-oriented support and empowering services and resources available when people need them, where they need them, and how they need to receive them—online, in local support groups, in audio and video casts, or in printed materials distributed by DBSA, our chapters, and mental health care facilities across America.

Through our extensive resources and 450 support groups across the country, DBSA reaches millions of people each year with in-person and online peer support; current, readily understandable information about depression and bipolar disorder; and empowering tools focused on an integrated approach to wellness.

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Our Values


  • Perform at the highest standards. We strive for best in class.
  • Be honest in our interactions and develop trusting relationships.
  • Take personal, and where appropriate, team responsibility for results.
  • Acknowledge what we don’t know.


  • Demonstrate willingness to continuously learn, grow, and change.
  • Celebrate our differences.
  • Be present, curious and receptive to new and different ideas and situations.


  • Ask for help and reciprocate help when needed.
  • Respect each other’s perspectives, experiences, and sensitivities.
  • Be mindful of our individual impact on the work environment.
  • Speak with thoughtfulness. We think before we speak.


  • Show a willingness to give up personal ownership for the greater good/outcome.
  • Work together to foster individual and organizational growth.
  • Create an environment where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
  • Have a holistic view of the work of the organization.
  • Remain flexible to achieve optimal outcomes.

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Support DBSA by Making a Gift

There are many ways to become a DBSA supporter and a member of the DBSA community. However you choose to support us and our mission to improve the lives of people living with mood disorders, we thank you!

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