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Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance Greater Houston provides free and confidential support groups to individuals living with and family and friends affect by, depression and bipolar disorders.
The vision of DBSA is for every person with depression or bipolar disorder to enhance his or her management of the illnesses through participation in DBSA support groups. DBSA sponsored support groups also serve to sustain family members and friends who are trying to understand these two mood disorders, as they try to assist their loved ones. In addition, DBSA Greater Houston educates the public about these two mental disorders and confronts the social stigma surrounding these mental health issues.
Mental health disorders affect millions of Americans each year. 740,000 children and adults live with mental illness in Harris County (Mental Health Needs Council, Inc. (MHNC), 2009). Depression and bipolar disorder, collectively known as "mood disorders", are the two most commonly diagnosed mental illnesses. Like other mental illnesses, depression and bipolar disorder transcend sex, age, gender, socio-economic status and ethnicity.
To meet this unmet need, DBSA sponsors over 70 weekly support groups in the Houston metropolitan area, and each group is led by a facilitator trained by DBSA. The majority of groups are public, non-exclusive, and based on the participants’ proximity to the support group’s location. Since the end of 2008, DBSA has worked to open groups targeting unique populations including veterans, adolescents, young adults, senior citizens and Spanish-speaking individuals.