For more than 35 years, the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance has been a place for adults living with depression and bipolar disorder to share support and understanding.

Now, DBSA is launching a pilot program to make that same support and understanding available to teenagers.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than one in three high school students had experienced persistent feelings of sadness or hopelessness in 2019, and approximately one in six youth reported making a suicide plan in the past year.

“Teens today have to deal with more stressors than ever before: the fallout of a pandemic, economic instability, the climate crisis,” said DBSA CEO Michael Pollock. “Young people need mental health support. Launching support groups for teens with depression and bipolar disorder is part of our increased efforts to address this youth mental health emergency.”

DBSA now offers online support groups for teens age 14-17 living with mood disorders, such as depression or bipolar disorder. Support groups for teens will take place virtually twice a week on Mondays at 5:30 p.m. CDT and Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. CDT. Support groups will be powered by Haven Now, an online meeting platform.

Space is limited. To apply to join a teen support group, fill out the application and follow the instructions.

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Learn more about teen mental health here.