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.
Donations or Gifts
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:
We appreciate any help you may provide to further our mission. We've been there, we can help.
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
Tuesday's meeting is looking for new facilitators. The host is moving and we are trying to locate a replacement. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you or someone you know would like to contribute.
December: 12/17 and 12/24
Mondays 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
Tuesdays Near Uptown 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
St. Martin Episcopal Church
1510 East 7th Street
Charlotte NC 28204
Blue door to the Basement (Entrance in rear of church)
(Special Break-Out Session for Friends and Family on 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month.) see map
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
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 for helpful materials such as brochures, articles, videos, etc. DBSAlliance.org
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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