DBSA-Charlotte: Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance updated 8/5/15

    Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance

We offer four support group meetings a week. They are held in a comfortable, safe and confidential environment. No fee or registration is required. You must be 18 or older to attend. Friends and family are welcome at all meetings.  No meetings are held on major holidays


    Our support groups receive no funds from our parent organization or from the government.  We have no paid staff, and all our work is done by volunteers.
   We do have a number of expenses: printed materials to provide people with mood disorders education, resources for recovery, and help in crises.        We also donate to the churches who provide us with meeting spaces.  Most of our money comes from voluntary contributions from people who attend the meetings. A strict rule of ours is that nobody has to pay for participating.
    We have had gifts that were memorials to loved ones and from people who appreciate what our support has done for a family member.
      If you wish to make a donation, write a check payable to:  DBSA-Charlotte, and address it::
              c/o James Mayhorn
              Board of Directors
              1820 Fulton Ave
              Charlotte, NC   28205


 We are one of nearly 700 chapters of a national organization working to help people with mood disorders.
Besides meetings, we hope you avail yourself of the many resources on this site.

    " Learning to Cope
   with Mood Disorders


New Saturday meeting place found!!
Beginning Saturday, August 29th at 10:30 a.m. we will be meeting at Big Spring United Methodist Church. The address is 5300 Old Dowd Rd. Charlotte, NC 28208. Please look below on the left for a link to the map.

2nd DBSA picnic at Marion Diehl Park!
This year's annual picnic went so well that we received a number of requests to try and have another one in the fall. We are proud to announce that we have reserved the Pavilion at Marion Diehl Park off of Tyvola Road again. The date is Saturday, October 10th at 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Those that wish to help set up can come at 11 a.m. The style will be similar to last time with people bringing the sides and DBSA supplying sandwiches. Here is the map for the exact location. map


University City
6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.
University City United Methodist Church
3835 West W.T. Harris Blvd.
Charlotte NC 28269
Room 109 Enter parking lot from Brookstone entrance. Stay to the right. see map

Near Uptown
7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
St. Martin Episcopal Church
1510 East 7th Street
Charlotte NC 28204
Basement (Entrance in rear)
(Special Break-Out Session for Friends and Family on 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month.)
see map


Ballantyne Area
7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
St. Matthew Catholic Church
8015 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy.
Charlotte NC 28277
Enter parking lot from Parkway entrance. Keep right. Meeting in building to right of fountain.
Room 202
see map 

Airport Area (Northwest)
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Big Spring United Methodist Church
5300 Old Dowd Rd.
Charlotte, NC 28208
Near corner of Boyer and Old Dowd across from BoJangles
see map


Contact Us
for More Info

James Mayhorn
Board of Directors
phone: (704) 547-9492

Jennifer Threatt
Board of Directors
phone: (704) 804-2480

Our Mission

The mission of DBSA, which has nearly 1,000 peer-run support groups nationally (serving about 70,000 people), is to provide hope, help and support to improve the lives of people living with mood disorders.  DBSA pursues and accomplishes this mission through peer-based, recovery-oriented, empowering services and resources when people want them, where they want them, and how they want them.

See DBSA's
National Website


Support Group

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 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.  We do, however, share
from our own experiences. For example: "In my experience, I have found . . ."  Only we know what is best for our own health.
It's O.K. not to share
Newcomers may simply listen until they feel comfortable enough to share.
It's everyone's responsibility to make the group a safe place to share
We respect confidentiality, treat each other with respect and kindness, and show compassion.

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