DBSA aims to address the gap in access to mental health care by providing peer-led support groups, holding more than 20,000 support group meetings annually.
Research studies show, in general people who attended a support group for one year were less likely to be depressed and more likely to experience a sense of cohesiveness and hope. In the specific case DBSA’s own support groups, research conducted by Pepperdine University showed, participants reported higher levels of understanding and acceptance of their mental health condition, confidence about their treatment, optimism and control over their future, and self-esteem.
Identity and Culture Support Groups
Your mental health journey is unique. Find identity- and culture-affirming support that fits your needs and honors your experience.
For Friends and Family
It can be difficult for friends and family of a person living with a mood disorder to watch their loved one grapple with challenging symptoms. Fortunately, there are resources available to help you as you navigate life with your loved one experiencing a mood disorder.
DBSA Chapters and Support Groups
DBSA chapters offer peer-run support groups across the nation where you will find comfort and direction in a confidential and supportive setting, and where you can make a difference in the lives of others.