Your mental health journey is as unique as you are. Find support from others living with depression or bipolar disorder in one of DBSA’s specialized support groups. Designed to be welcoming and supportive spaces, these groups offer participants the chance to discuss shared experiences and find community with others walking a similar path to wellness.
Online Support Groups
The Black Community
Being part of the Black community is often a source of pride and provides a sense of belonging. But because of white supremacy and racism, Black Americans often experience discrimination, which not only has a negative impact on mental health but also can prevent individuals from accessing needed mental health care services.
Veterans experience higher rates of mental health conditions compared to civilians. DBSA support groups are facilitated by Veterans and open to those from any branch of service.
Young adults (18-29 years of age) typically experience many changes such as moving out on their own, finding their first job, and building relationships with significant others. This is often the age range for diagnosis. For those living with a mood disorder, this time of life can be particularly difficult.
Parents and Caregivers
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.
Substance Use and Mood Disorders
Dual diagnosis is the term used when a person lives with a mental health condition—such as depression or bipolar disorder—and struggles with alcohol or drug use. Mood disorders and substance use disorders are both treatable. These conditions are not moral weaknesses or character flaws. They can affect anyone regardless of age, ethnicity, or economic background. Studies have shown that more than half of the people who live with depression or bipolar disorder also use alcohol and/or drugs.
Experiences of sexual orientation and gender identity can impact overall mental health. Belonging to LGBTQ+ communities can bring unique challenges because of the prejudice, harassment, family rejection, and discrimination these communities often face. This identity is often also a source of strength, resilience, and pride, as members of this community work to overcome obstacles to fully discover and become comfortable in their identity.
Local Support Groups
In addition to national online support groups, DBSA Chapters offer local support groups.