What to Expect
“Knowing that I wasn’t going through this alone . . . that was my first break through.” –DBSA support group participant
Support is essential to recovery. One of the most helpful things one person can say to (or hear from) another is “I’ve been there.” Depression and bipolar disorder can be isolating illnesses, but DBSA has many ways to help connect you with others who have been there as well.
Meetings are recovery-oriented, informal and conversational in nature. The meetings begin by telling the group what to expect, followed by group etiquette, announcements, and finally, round the room introductions. No one is required to talk, and everyone is given a chance to talk if they want. If there are friends and family in the group, that group splits off and their meeting takes place in a nearby room. The number of people varies from week to week and could be between 6 and 25 people. The meetings end at 9:00.