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

July is Minority Mental Health Month


DBSA support groups were named “Best Specialized Support Groups” by Healthline and “Best Overall” by PsychCentral 

The DBSA DEI Toolkit made possible through the support of the Alkermes Inspiration Grant 

DBSA’s DEI Toolkit consists of the following:

March 21, 2022 Presentation Slides

DBSA’s DEI Toolkit

Training Information

Whether you are a new DBSA 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 2 – 3 separate sessions featuring lecture, question and answer segments and mock facilitator practice. Please note that the training is for DBSA support group participants only.

Participants must attend all sessions of a particular class  to receive a certificate of participation. Please note that these training sessions are intended for peers who are working with a DBSA chapter or DBSA support group.

Basic Support Group Facilitator Training

To register, email chapters@dbsalliance.org – include your full name, chapter name and email.
March Basic 3/6 & 3/7/2024 4pm – 8pm Eastern Time – both sessions required

Facilitator Think Tanks

To register, email chapters@dbsalliance.org – include your full name, chapter name and email.

January 11th at 2pm Eastern Time
February 8th at 7pm Eastern Time
March 14th at 2pm Eastern Time

Next Level Thinking Sessions

To register, email chapters@dbsalliance.org – include your full name, chapter name and email

February 15th at 7pm Eastern Time “Open Discussion: the heart of every support group”

April 18th at 7pm Eastern Time “Building Resilience.”






Training Resources

We suggest that DBSA Support Group facilitators be familiar with and follow the DBSA Support Group model as outlined in the DBSA Support Group Facilitation Guide.

Meeting Resources

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: