Supporting your recovery during the COVID-19 crisis

All of us at DBSA want you and your family to know that you’re not alone. We are bringing you new wellness tools, coping tips and inspiring stories from people across the country. Drop in often for resources we’ve gathered just for you.

Everyday Resources

Wellness Wheel

The DBSA Wellness Wheel is an easy-to-use tool that gives you a complete picture of the progress you’ve already made in your wellness journey. As you create your own wheel, you will see your strengths in perspective and discover ways to move toward the life you want to live.

View the Wellness Wheel

Inspiring reading: our Life Unlimited series

In stressful times, it can be comforting to hear from others who are also walking the road to wellness. Read personal stories from your peers — and consider sharing your own.

Explore Life Unlimited 

What to expect when you attend an online support group

DBSA has more than doubled the number of national support groups you can join from anywhere in the country. Learn more about how these virtual groups work and how you can take part.

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Local support groups are online, too, keeping peers connected

Along with our national support groups, there are hundreds of local DBSA support groups welcoming new attendees. See what’s happening from California to Connecticut and find meetings near you. 

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Prescription help during the COVID-19 crisis

Are you concerned about getting the medications you need right now? Many drug makers have special assistance programs that can help.


Find Patient Assistance Programs

 

Your Voice

500 responses and counting: DBSA’s nationwide peer and family survey

Hundreds of you have weighed in on the resources you need right now: wellness info, journaling prompts, workout tips and access to peer support. Here’s a look at your responses to our Wellness Resources Survey. Resources DBSA Peers found helpful during the covid-19 health pandemic

Your opinion counts! Ask Congress to help DBSA support groups move online

With millions of people sheltering in place, DBSA needs to help our 500+ local support groups move to online platforms. We’ve asked Congress to allocate funds that will help our support groups make the transition. Help us advance this crucial legislation by sending a letter of support to your U.S. elected officials now.

Send a letter of support 

Podcasts and Videos

Video: How caregivers are coping at home 

Hear from Keith Johnson, who attends a weekly DBSA family and friends support group, as he shares his family’s experiences during quarantine and offers suggestions for others who are caring for loved ones.

Wellness Wheel podcast: Building your physical health

In the first of 7 podcasts that build on the DBSA Wellness Wheel, we welcome Dr. Holly Swartz, a member of DBSA’s Scientific Advisory Board, who outlines ways to pursue physical health by establishing healthy rhythms and routines.

Podcast: How daily rhythms support our wellbeing

In a new podcast, YAC members explore the value of creating a simple, healthful routine that sustains us, even in the most stressful and challenging times.

Video: Building Mental Resilience

Michael Pollock, CEO of DBSA joins other mental health experts for a discussion on strong mental health where he talks about the importance of checking in and listening to the people we care about that may be struggling or already managing a mental condition during the public health crisis. Watch the full series

Father and Son

Family and Friends

Why this summer will be different

How healthful daily routines, community and personal advocacy can help families navigate the unprecedented challenges of summer 2020.

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Managing the disappointment of missed celebrations

Spring and summer usually bring graduations, concerts, proms, and more – but with social distancing, our celebrations have taken a dramatic shift. Here are 3 thoughtful ways to address sadness, grief, and disappointment with your children as you help them build resilience.

Read the full story

How do children, teens, and young adults respond to scary news headlines?

From eUpdate, our popular monthly newsletter, insights for parents and family members who are worried about what their children are seeing and hearing from the media right now. 

Learn about children and media anxiety  

 

Staying Healthy

Managing everyday life in times of stress

Here are two great wellness tips from the DBSA Wellness Wheel 

 

DBSA in the News

Racism’s threat to our nation’s mental health

The death of George Floyd is part of a much larger reality that affects the mental health of millions, says DBSA CEO Michael Pollock. Here are the immediate actions DBSA recommends as the country seeks perspective and healing. 

Read Michael’s statement

DBSA’s online support resources featured in Chicago Tribune

The Tribune story opens with Kaitlin, a DBSA support group leader in downtown Chicago who knows how crucial it is to find people who understand and care about you, especially now.

Read the Full Story

An open letter to The View: let’s support people living with bipolar disorder

Read what Michael Pollock, our CEO, had to say when one host on the popular ABC daytime talk show made a surprising remark about mood disorders. 

Read the open letter 

Wall Street Journal talks with DBSA about mental health risks during COVID-19

Dr. Gary Sachs, a leading mental health expert and member of DBSA’s Scientific Advisory Board, offered ways to manage stress, anxiety and loneliness in a conversation with the Wall Street Journal.

See Dr. Sachs’s advice

 

Supporting your recovery during the COVID-19 crisis

COVID-19 Resources