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 Find comfort and direction in a confidential and supportive setting, and where you can make a difference in the lives of others. DBSA San Jose support groups are volunteer run and provide self-help for those living with Mood Disorders (Depression & Bipolar Disorder) through facilitated meetings. Our support groups are not group therapy, however, we do have local professional advisers.

The estimated 665,000 Bay area residents coping with mood disorders and their families need a greater understanding of how these illnesses affect their lives. We all need support from people who have been there and who understand our journey. After proper diagnosis and treatment, the support from others is vital to a lifetime of wellness. DBSA San Jose can provide that support and much more.

As an independent affiliate of Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance in the Bay Area, DBSA San Jose offers five weekly peer-run support groups, where you will find comfort and direction in a confidential and supportive setting, and where you can make a difference in the lives of others. The selection of services we offer depends upon the needs of our participants. Our support groups are volunteer run and provide self-help through facilitated meetings.  Our groups are not group therapy; however, DBSA San Jose does have professional advisors from the local mental health community.

In addition to participating in the group meetings, you will meet people from your community who can relate to your experiences. You may learn valuable information about mental health professionals and services in your area, as well as tips and techniques others use to manage their illness.  In addition, DBSA San Jose offers educational sessions, special events and social get-togethers.

The Value of DBSA Support Groups

DBSA San Jose's support groups provide the kind of sharing and caring that is crucial for a lifetime of wellness.

Our support groups:

  • give you the opportunity to reach out to others and benefit from the experience of those who have been there.
  • motivate you to follow your treatment plan.
  • help you understand that a mood disorder does not define who you are.
  • help you rediscover strengths and humor you may have thought you had lost.
  • provide a forum for mutual acceptance, understanding, and self-discovery.

Remember, support groups are not a substitute for professional care. DBSA San Jose does not endorse or recommend the use of any specific treatment or medication. For advice about specific treatment or medication, individuals should consult their physicians and/or mental health professionals.

Types of Support Groups

Currently, DBSA San Jose offers three different types of support groups:

  • Peer Groups - These groups are open to anyone who personally struggles with a Mood Disorder (Depression or Bipolar Disorder).  During these meetings we focus on how to live successfully with these conditions.  Topics may include, "How to break out of a depression", "How and when should we disclose our condition to friends, family, colleagues or employers", "When feeling ok, what can I do to stay ok", and many others.
  • Young Adult Peer Groups - Similar to the regular Peer groups, discussions in these groups focus on issues and challenges specific to peers under age 30 (Gen-Z and Millennials).
  • Friends & Family Groups - These groups focus on the unique issues and challenges that come with living with and supporting others with Mood Disorders.  While these meetings are open to Peers, the conversation topics focus on supporting others?.  Topics may include, "My family member is in a deep Depression or Manic state, what can I do to support them without hurting the situation", "My Spouse/Child has been doing/saying things that hurt me emotionally, how can I stay emotionally stable?", as well as many others.
  • Social Activities - Many people with Mood disorders find themselves isolated.  DBSA San Jose holds social events to get together with others who "get them" in a social/fun setting.

We post all of our meetings and events with descriptions, message forums to ask questions, ability to RSVP (to get updates or changed venue info), times, and maps/directions to the event.  Below is a link to event listings on Meetup.