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Depression And Bipolar Support Alliance

Rating: 5 stars   12 reviews 1,394

Nonprofit Issues:

Mental Health

Address:

3800 Buffalo Speedway Ste 300 Houston TX 77098 USA

Mission:

The purpose of Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance Greater Houston (DBSA) is to provide free support groups to individuals and family members dealing with the diagnosis and recovery of depression and/or bipolar disorder and to educate the community on these treatable illnesses.

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Rating: 5 stars  

After seeing my wife go through a manic episode I was scared and unsure of what I could do to make things better. Attending DBSA gave me a place to process my anxiety and to gain the support of others in my same situation. We are facilitators now, and giving back as best we can to others.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my personal life

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

provide more funding

 
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DBSA's extraordinary growth over the past five years in particular attest to its success in helping those suffering with depression and bipolar disorder. The evidence is in observing and learning about the hope that DBSA provides to participants in the more than 70 support groups that meet in 40 locations across the city. Day after day there is a moving story about the hope that these support groups bring.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

By observation I have seen the hope this organization can give to those suffering from depression and bipolar disorder.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Encourage young people to become involved.

 
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I was attending a community luncheon this past year and sat next to a woman I did not know. I introduced myself and we exchanged information about ourselves. I said I was on the board of DBSA. She exclaimed, "You all at DBSA saived my daughter's life!" If that wasn't a testament to t he power of DBSA support groups, I don't know what is. These groups can make such a difference in the lives of persons struggling with depression of bipolar disorder. I am t hankful to be a part of the solution to those recovering from these illnesses.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have come to know many of the participants in the DBSA support groups and can personally observe their transition to maintaining good mental stability, empowerment, and improvement in their quality of life

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

If we had the necessary funding, I would like to see DBSA create many more support groups, particularly in special populations such as verterans, seniors, prison inmates, and adolescents.

 
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With every support meeting, DBSA-Houston changes lives. It provides a safe and nurturing group so that those struggling with depression and/or bipolar get the help and information they need, but most importantly, DBSA helps them realize that they are not alone.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have learned a lot from the DBSA group members - both those with depression/bipolar, and their family members as well.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

None.

 
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DBSA is a great organization that helps thousands of people in Houston. What I honor about DBSA is that they include everyone and go out of their way to help all minorities. I facilitate three groups a week that were developed to help minorities in need: Hispanics, teenagers, and the GLBT community.

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What is wonderful about this support groups is that the facilitator who also struggles with depression and bipolar can find support while giving support.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

The organization is so well structured and those in charge work so hard to make things go well and smooth that there are no changes needed.

 
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DBSA Houston and the Clearlake Chapter in particular have become a integral part of my recovery process. After my diagnosis, I really didn't know what to do with my label "Bi Polar." The support group helped me in realizing I wasn't the only person feeling helpless and angry about that description. It had a very calming and grounding effect for me. Now, I'm working on my recovery by helping members who felt like I did almost 2 years ago. Instead of it being a stigmata, it's become a banner I wear proudly because of the importance for others to learn about DBSA Houston and find their way to recovery and acceptance.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The way I handle my mental health and mood.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Help with fundraising and continue n a Leadership path.

 
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DBSA-Houston has made a huge impact in my recovery from bipolar disorder. I attend at least 2 support meetings a week and look forward to both. There is no other venue where I can hear firsthand how others are dealing with this severe diagnosis. I am in remission right now and am grateful for this. Last year, before attending DBSA, I had 4 hospitalizations ad 2 failed suicide attempts. Big difference today!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My recovery into remission from this debilitating disease

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would volunteer more for other non-profits

 
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I am a Professional Psychotherapist, Life Coach, and Yoga Instructor. I became involved with DBSA in 2009 after moving to Houston from New Orleans. I currently lead groups in 2 Houston High Schools. Each time I end a group meeting I feel myself awed, filled with a humbling gratitude for the honor of being a part of such a supportive organization, one that brings FREE, QUALITY services to any and all who make the choice to attend.

DBSA offers me the opportunity to give back. I so very much needed support as an adolescent, and found myself lost. I remember the desperation I felt, aware I needed help, surrounded by family consumed by their own issues and unable to support, guide, or provide me with services. The process I get to see is amazing. I don't even know how to find words to give the process justice. A member's first support group experience is often awkward, shy, dejected, and guarded. As the process unfolds, I get to witness what naturally occurs when we find out we are not the only one, that others care, others have learned how to greatly improve the quality of their lives, giving hope and possibility to all. There is such beauty in healing and hope; DBSA offers real people real coping strategies through support. I am honored to be a part of DBSA--as a Professional Facilitator, as a group member, as a true believer in the healing power of people.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have experienced the results of DBSA in members of groups I lead, groups I have substituted, and in clients I've referred to DBSA from my private Psychotherapy Practice.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

If I had to make changes to this organization I would change how they market. DBSA needs to have more voice, more awareness in the community. More people need to know about DBSA!

 
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I became involved with DBSA about 3 years ago and boy has my understanding of Bipolar changed, and changed for the better. I have come to realize that everyone is dealing with some issue in their life. Unfortunately, for some people they can't control the extremes that their moods and behaviors cycle through. That is where proper medication can help. I never thought I would ever sit in a room and discuss suicide with someone but that is exactly what we should do. Don't sweep unpleasent issues under the rug, sit up and talk about them even if you are not exactly sure what to say. Inaction never helped anyone, but talking openly with people that are struggling can help tremendously. Remember, NORMAL is only a setting on your dryer!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

by talking with people DBSA has helped

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

encougage everyone to attend

 
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I was diagnosed with depression in 1985 and always felt like I was alone in my struggles. About 3 years ago I found out about DBSA and I found so many stories similar to my own. Now I feel like I'm a part of something bigger than myself. I have a sense of belonging. I feel that DBSA groups are an invaluable way for participants to share experiences, knowledge and coping techniques.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I am better able to manage my depression.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

No changes necessary.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

 
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