The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) provides support groups, advocacy, educational programs, empowerment, recovery tools, and information to people living with depression and bipolar disorder in the United States.
DBSA San Jose is a local chapter serving the Silicon Valley with peer-led support group meetings, wellness tools, and resource information for the South Bay area. Join a community of caring and supportive people who can help you on your road to recovery. You are not alone.
The word means different things to different people, ranging from holding a bake sale for a local school to helping a person fight for their legal rights. Two common forms of advocacy are personal and community.
Many peers already advocate for themselves while navigating their everyday life. Starting or attending a DBSA support group, questioning a health insurance explanation of benefits, and sharing life experiences as a person with a mood disorder are all expressions self-advocacy.
While DBSA participants have a long history of championing personal advocacy, we have also been at the forefront of supporting peers in determining needs and best practices for delivery and access to mental health services. Taking action to influence public policy at the state and federal level is the goal of this type of community advocacy.
The Power of Peers
Over 21 million people live with depression and bipolar disorder in the United States. DBSA was created for and is led by individuals who have navigated these mood disorders. Our vision, mission, and programming are always a result of the personal experiences of peers. By participating in a free peer-led support group, diagnosed individuals gain access to coping skills, recovery tools, local resources, and safe place to share their story. Some typical topics of discussion include: medications, hospitalization, insurance, triggers, self-education, dual-diagnosis, and finding a doctor and/or therapist.