What is the cost of a group and do you take my insurance?
Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance Greater Houston support groups are completely free and confidential. We do not ask for insurance or have financial eligibility requirements for those who choose to attend. We do not have membership fees or ask for donations onsite at groups. If you would like to make a donation, please click here.
What do you talk about during groups?
We talk about symptoms of depression and bipolar disorders and how these mental disorders affect people in their personal lives, job and overall functioning. We provide a safe place to share ideas for coping, support, management and self-advocacy.
Why are your groups in churches?
Our goal is to provide easy access to support groups within the community. Local churches often graciously partner with us to provide free space. While our groups are not religous, we rely on our faith based collaborators to help us serve the community.
Why DBSA Support Groups?
Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance Greater Houston support groups are facilitated by trained, dedicated and passionate facilitators. We are the only community provider of peer support groups that are professionally supervised, monitored and managed by a staff of Licensed Mental Health Professionals.
How do you know the groups work?
We complete a satisfaction survey among our participants every year. Participants report high rates of satisfaction from attending groups. Also, the longer a person attends group then the more skills they learn and the higher their satisfaction becomes in all areas.
Who can attend the groups?
Adults, 18 and older, who have the symptoms of or are diagnosed with depression or bipolar disorder. Family members, friends and caregivers (18 and older) are also invited to attend the support groups as they will learn more about each disorder, find the strength to empower their loved ones to live a healthier life, and receive support for themselves. We require a certain level of wellness for an individual to attend. DBSA does not provide crisis services. If you are in crisis, feel actively suicidal, or feel like hurting others, then Please call 9-1-1, go to a local emergency room, or call the Harris Center at 713-970-7000.
Do you have any groups for children?
Yes, we have an adolescent group open for children ages 13-17 living with depression or bipolar disorder. Call 713.600.1131 for more information. Must be approved to attend the group.
Do you provide childcare during group time?
Our groups do not provide childcare.
I’m a college student, can I observe a group for class credit?
If you are a college student seeking class credit, please visit our "College Student" page. Please note, prior approval is required before attending a group.
What kind of therapy is used in your groups?
We do not provide therapy in our groups, but we provide hope, support, and understanding. Our support groups are peer “process” groups where participants are given an opportunity to share their experiences related to living with depression or bipolar disorder or supporting someone who does. Other participants will in turn provide feedback in the form of support, education, empowerment and empathy. The support groups also encourage individuals to continue receiving outside therapy and/or treatment.
Do you diagnose people?
Do you provide individual therapy or medication?
No, we do not provide medical services. We offer a safe place among peers and those affected by mental disorders to share and find support. Please contact an appropriate health care professional for medical services. You can check out the Houston Commnunity Resource Page.
How do I find a therapist/psychiatrist?
If you have insurance: Call the number on the back of your insurance card and ask for a list of mental health providers. If you are uninsured please call 2-1-1 Hotline for referrals and/or check The Guide. DO NOT let a lack of health insurance prevent you from receiving necessary care related to you or your loved one's mental disorder.
Where are the telephone numbers for the locations?
We do not provide numbers for the individual locations because we have found out that many locations are not able to answer your questions about the groups. Our location partners generously donate their space.
I’m in crisis, should I come to group for help?
No, DBSA does not provide crisis services. If you are in crisis, feel actively suicidal, or feel like hurting others, then please call 9-1-1, go to a local emergency room, or call The Harris Center At 713-970-7000.
How do I volunteer?
The current volunteer opportunities we have are for peer facilitator. These individuals are at least 18yrs old, live with, or are family and friends affected by, depression and bipolar disorders. In order to qualify, you will need to attend group for 6 months, be nominated by a current facilitator and then commit to ongoing annual training. We require that you attend groups first to learn more about our culture. Check out the group list to begin attending today.
What can I expect from a group? Do your participants really benefit?
You can expect compassionate support and absolute confidentiality from your peers. Our participants have found the support groups offered by DBSA Houston to be of meaningful value in both their personal and professional lives. View our satisfaction survey results to see actual feedback from our participants.