Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) Family and Friends Support Group
WhenSaturday May 25, 2019
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) is the leading peer-directed national organization focusing on the two most prevalent mental health conditions, depression and bipolar disorder. In DBSA support groups, people with mood disorders and those who care about them can share experiences, discuss wellness skills, and offer hope to one another.
What Happens at a DBSA Support Group Meeting?
- Self-help: DBSA support group meetings focus on mutual aid and strategies for living the fullest life possible. Participants continually seek to provide hope, reassurance, and encouragement to one another. By sharing experiences, insights, and ideas, people get peer-to-peer support from others who have been there. DBSA groups meet regularly and are free of charge.
- Acceptance and safety: Participants make the group a safe place by fostering a supportive, trustworthy, respectful, nonjudgmental atmosphere. All those attending have an opportunity to share strategies, tips, and experiences that can help others live successfully with depression or bipolar disorder. Participants have the common goal of wanting to find and maintain wellness and do not criticize the choices other group members make. Rather, they encourage each other to learn from the experiences shared and make their own informed decisions.
- Confidentiality: What happens at a DBSA support group stays within the group. No one may reveal information about the people attending the group or what is said during the meeting. Exceptions to this policy are made only when safety is a concern.
- Peer leadership: Each support group meeting is facilitated by someone with depression or bipolar disorder or a loved one, if the group is serving family and friends. The facilitator guides discussion, provides focus to the group, and helps ensure that group principles and rules are followed. Facilitators receive guidance and resources from DBSA staff and have the opportunity to attend leadership training sponsored by DBSA.
Date: Meetings are held every Saturday
Peer Support: 1st, 3rd, and 5th Saturdays
Friends and Family Support: 2nd and 4th Saturdays
Time: 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Location: El Camino Hospital Mountain View
Room: New Main Conference Area Room B or E
Facilitator: Mike Pearl
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or 408-831-1499