DBSA Support Group Guidelines:
Share the air
Everyone who wishes to share has an opportunity to do so. No one person should monopolize group time.
One person speaks at a time
Each person should be allowed to speak free from interruption and side conversations
What is said here stays here
This is the essential principle of confidentiality, and MUST be respected by all.
Differences of opinion are o.k.
We are ALL entitled to our own point of view
We are all equal
We accept cultural, linguistic, social and racial differences and promote their acceptance.
Use "I" language
Because we do not participate in support groups as credentialed professionals, we do not INSTRUCT or ADVISE. However we do share from our own personal experiences. We are unique individuals, and only we know what is best for our own health. Example: "In my experience, I have found..."
It's o.k. not to share
People do not have to share if they do not wish to.
It's everyone's responsibility to make the discussion groups a safe place to share
We respect confidentiality, treat each other with respect and kindness, and show compassion.
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Unfortunately all DBSASF support groups are suspended. Because of the COVID-19 virus, St Francis Memorial Hospital is temporarily not available as a meeting location for the DBSASF support groups. We are in the process of figuring out different temporary locations and possible digital solutions.
Should you require peer support in your care of a loved one who has a mental illness, please contact Sarah at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For other peer support needs please reach us at email@example.com.
Please take extra care to be kind to yourself. We will be back to holding support groups soon.