• Self-help:  DBSA support group meetings focus on mutual aid and strategies for living the fullest life possible.
  • Acceptance and safety:  Participants make the group a safe place by fostering a supportive, trustworthy, respectful, and nonjudgemental atmosphere.
  • Confidentiality:  What happens at a DBSA support group stays within the group.
  • Peer leadership:  Each support group meeting is facilitated by someone with depression or bipolar disorder, or by a family member of the same.

what DOES NOT happen at a dbsa support group meeting?

  • Therapy or treatment:  Group members do not seek to diagnose one another, and DBSA and its support groups do not endorse or recommend the use of any specific treatments or medications.
  • A lecture by an expert:  Although some meetings feature guest speakeres, most DBSA groups are of the "share/care" variety, in which all are encouraged to share, if they wish to.
  • A religious meeting or 12-step group:  Group participants oare not compelled to accept any particular set of beliefs or to follow any particular list of "steps".
  • A "pity party":  While participants often share their life challenges and feelings accompanying mood disorders, groups focus on day-by-day coping, not on self-pity.

what happens at a dbsa support group meeting?

Additional resources


DBSA Brown County WI is a local chapter of the national Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance.

mission & vision

We offer hope, help, and support.  Our support groups are available to all who live with mental health conditions. We provide a safe place filled with hope and compassion. 


DBSA Brown County WI does not require dues and attendance at all meetings is free of charge.

DBSA National

National Institues of Mental Health

NAMI Brown County

Brown County, WI Crisis Center:  920-436-8888