Welcome and thank you for helping peers improve their lives. Below you will find news and resources for Support Group Facilitators.

News and Training Schedule


Here you will find announcements, webinars, or articles curated especially for Support Group Facilitators.

Facilitators, don’t miss your opportunity to attend the 2021 DBSA Virtual Leadership Summit! September 21 – October 1, 2021

This year’s Summit has been expanded to a weeklong event, providing practical information and resources for our community.

Session offerings include a variety of topics – wellness resources, how to become a mental health advocate, support group facilitator training, and some fun extras along the way..

Click DBSA 2021 Leadership Summit. to review the schedule or register.

Training Information

Whether you are a new facilitator or an experienced one, raise your facilitation skills up to the next level by attending DBSA’s free, interactive  Virtual Facilitator Training.  Taught by experienced support group facilitators, this 8-hour introductory training class includes 3 separate sessions featuring lecture, question and answer segments and mock facilitator practice.

Participants must attend all sessions of a particular class  to receive a certificate of participation.

Be sure to check back in August when DBSA will begin conducting advanced facilitator topical seminars!.



Available Dates:

Session Title/Type Dates Times
Intro Fac Training Sept 27, 28,30 See brochure  Register Here


Welcoming New Participants

A welcome kit can be an important tool for your support group. It provides information about your group to new peers and also carefully explains what a peer can expect from a support group meeting. Starting a relationship with a strong welcome can increase support group participation and retention. The following are templates and samples that you may wish to include in your support group’s welcome kit:

Preparing for Challenges

Community Outreach

DBSA support groups may choose to perform community outreach by offering educational programming, focusing on specific communities within the local community. The following are resources support groups may use to help in outreach and member recruitment activities: