DBSA National

National Institues of Mental Health

NAMI Brown County

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

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  • 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 DOES NOT happen at a dbsa support group meeting?

  • 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.


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


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. 

what happens at a dbsa support group meeting?