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


In 2022 PsychCentral ranked DBSA Support Groups “Best overall!”

Read the full article here.

Next Level Thinking;

New! Problem Gambling and Suicide Prevention;

A Gatekeeper Training presented by Kimberly Harol

September 16, 2022 at 6pm – 8pm Eastern Time

September 17, 2022 at 1pm – 3pm Eastern Time (repeat, not part 2)

Email jburgos@dbsalliance.org with name, chapter name and which date you want to attend.

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

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:

Check back in early fall for sessions!

To Register for any of the above sessions, please email Jill at jburgos@dbsalliance.org

Please include the following: your full name, your chapter name, email address and chapter president or support group coordinator’s name and email.


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: