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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Counseling, Mental Health

Mission: Dbsa provides free and confidential support groups for individuals living with, or family and friends affected by, depression and bipolar disorders.

Programs: Depression and bipolar support alliance greater houston provides more than 70 support groups at 49 site locations in and around the greater houston metropolitan area. In 2014 dbsa increased the number of unique participants by 2% and the number of times participants attended groups by 5%.

Community Stories

6 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

Chuck P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Review from Guidestar

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I became involved with DBSA after my adult son was diagnosed with the disorder. We first attended to find out how others coped with this diagnosis. After a while, we realized that we really enjoyed the interaction with both the diagnosed as well as caregivers and family support members. We were no longer afraid of the future. There was a road to recovery and a good life. We became facilitators and continued to learn and help others. It has been such a positive experience for us. The program coordinators and other professionals are always available to help if issues arise. As my husband likes to say, "There are only two types of people...diagnosed and undiagnosed." None of us are without some problem to deal with in our lives." DBSA just helps to deal with some really important ones!

Review from Guidestar