About Us

Who We Are:

The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA)
is the leading peer-directed national non-profit organization focusing on the two most prevalent mental health conditions, depression and bipolar disorder, which 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. DBSA is an organization with chapters throughout the United States.  Our support groups are incredibly popular because we practice a balance between letting people vent and talk openly about what is really going on in their lives, and generous and genuine helpings of the kind of hope that’s rooted in reality. You can share openly, yet in our groups provide opportunity and support so you don’t have to fall deeper into the abyss of your illness. You will experience humor, compassion, authenticity, empathy, and positive affirmation that life gets better. We try to keep advice to a bare minimum. But if you want feedback, you’ll get plenty of good advice from our participants.

DBSA’s peer-based, wellness-oriented, and empowering services and resources are available when people need them, where they need them, and how they need to receive them—online 24/7, in local support groups, in audio and video casts, or in printed materials distributed by DBSA, our chapters, and mental health care facilities across America.

Our national DBSA organization is located in Chicago, Illinois. Through more than 700 support groups and nearly 300 chapters, DBSA reaches millions of people each year with in-person and online peer support; current, readily understandable information about depression and bipolar disorder; and empowering tools focused on an integrated approach to wellness.

Our Vision

DBSA envisions wellness for people living with depression and bipolar disorder.

Our Mission

DBSA provides hope, help, support, and education to improve the lives of people who have mood disorders.