What to Expect
At our support groups you will meet people with shared experiences of living with a mood disorder. Aside from that critical similarity, participants range in specific diagnosis age and recovery stage. Groups begin with a check in before participants voluntarily share any experiences or questions they choose. Share topics include, but are not limited to: medication, recovery stage, education, aging and relationships.
We encourage sharing and feedback, but no one is expected to speak if they don't want to. Sometimes simply showing up is the best way to receive support.
Everyone is Welcome.
Anyone who thinks they may benefit from our support is welcome at our meetings and events.
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.