Three DBSA chapters have banded together to form a regional chapter, paving the way for new DBSA support groups to reach more people living with depression and bipolar disorder in the Pacific Northwest.

The newly founded DBSA Pacific Northwest Regional Chapter will serve Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming. Because the regional chapter covers all six states, volunteers interested in starting a support group in these states will be able to do so without founding a chapter, thereby reducing startup time and cost.

“This move eliminates some of the barriers to starting a support group and makes running a support group more sustainable in the long-term,” Carla DeFlorio, DBSA Director of Support Group and Chapter Services, said. “We’re grateful to our chapter and support groups leaders who helped make this happen.”

To get involved with the Pacific Northwest Regional Chapter, contact

Interested in starting a new support group for people living with depression or bipolar disorder in your area? Learn more here.