Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance: A Brief Look

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The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) is the leading, peer-directed, national organization. DBSA focuses on the two most prevalent mental health conditions, depression and bipolar disorder. These conditions affect more than 21 million Americans, account for 90% of the nation’s suicides every year, and cost $23 billion in lost workdays and other workplace losses.

My treatment has traditionally been comprised of two legs: medicine and therapy. DBSA has provided me a third leg by providing a supportive environment where I feel safe and can decompress with other people who understand what it means to struggle with mental illness. My life has changed for the better by attending these groups. Generally speaking, you do not necessarily have to have depression or bipolar disorder in order to attend meetings. They are accepting and therapeutic for a wide range of diagnoses. If you are struggling with a mental illness, I strongly encourage you to seek out a meeting.

What's Different About DBSA:

  • Peer-led: More than half of the DBSA staff and board members live with a mood disorder and all DBSA support groups are facilitated by peers.

  • Targeted: DBSA focuses solely on depression & bipolar disorder.

  • Nationally recognized: DBSA is nationally recognized for their Peer Specialist training services, mental health advocacy work, expansive peer support network, and as experts on the subject of mood disorders. 

  • Innovative: DBSA provides leading-edge, interactive online resources.

  • Wellness-centered: DBSA informs, empowers, supports, and inspires individuals to achieve the lives they want to lead.

More information can be found at: www.dbsalliance.org

Submitted by: Dave Hill