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


Next Level Thinking;

NEW! Discussion Topics; Reframing topics for helpful, wellness-oriented discussions. See the training list for session details.

Remembrance Groups Nov 2021

Crisis Response Series Presented by Chuck Weinstein, CPS

Class 2

Class 3

Class 4

Facilitator Practice Session Challenging Situations

You can download what was discussed by clicking on the  Facilitator Sticky Situations.

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

DBSA’s DEI Toolkit consists of the following three elements below:

  1. The March 21, 2022 Chapter Chat Presentation
  2. A copy of the presentation slides.
  3. The DBSA DEI Toolkit

The Presentation


March 21, 2022 Presentation Slides

DBSA’s DEI Toolkit

  1. 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 2 – 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. Please note that these training sessions are intended for peers who are working with a DBSA chapter or DBSA support group.


Available Sessions, Dates and Times:

Next Level Thinking; Reframing Topics 1Cancelled – We will have this session in 2023!
Basic SGFT  11/19 & 12/3/2022 12:30 – 4:30pm Eastern (both days req’d)
Basic SGFT 1/23 & 1/25 4-7PM Eastern, final class on 1/28 3-5PM Eastern (all3 req’d)
To register, please email Jill at jburgos@dbsalliance.org
Include your full name, chapter name and email address.
**SGFT stands for Support Group Facilitator Training






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: