Types of Support Groups
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Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance Greater Houston provides many types of support groups.
The following support groups are specific to a certain need we have seen in the community. All groups are 1.5 hours, free and confidential. We hope you are able to find a group that meets your specific needs as they relate to depression or bipolar disorder. All groups are led by a trained facilitator that is professionally supervised.
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General Support Groups
Our general support groups are open to anyone 18 and over experiencing signs and symptoms of, or diagnosed with, depression or bipolar disorder. These groups are free and confidential. Our groups are located in Harris, Fort Bend, and Montgomery Counties. We offer groups in outlying Houston areas including Baytown, Clear Lake, Cypress, Katy, Kingwood, Missouri City, Pasadena, Pearland, Richmond, Spring and The Woodlands.
- All general groups are 1.5 hours
- All groups are open to caregivers, family members, and friends
Scroll to the top of the page for PDF of all general support groups.
Adolescent Support Groups
We offer a support group to adolescents in the Greater Houston community. This group is open to adolescents between 13 and 17 years of age. Interested families may apply by calling 713-600-1131 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. According to a recent report, 2.2 million youth aged 12 to 17 (9.1 percent of this population) experienced a major depressive episode in 2012 (SAHMSA.gov). We also collaborate with Communities in Schools Houston, school counselors/social workers, and support staff to offer many groups for Houston-area high schools. These schools include:
- Chavez High School
- Hastings High School
- Lamar High School
- Lee High School
- Milby High School
- Reagan High School
- Sam Houston High School
- Sanchez Charter School
- Waltrip High School
- Westside High School
- Westchester Academy
Understanding the difficulties of serving one’s country prompted us to offer groups to this growing population. We welcome all veterans to attend any of our support groups.
Caring for a loved one, such as a spouse, parent, or child with a mental disorder can be emotionally exhausting and mentally challenging. Studies have shown that caregivers, when compared to the general population, suffer twice the rate of depression. All of our general support groups are open to family members, friends, and caregivers 18 years of age and older. In addition to our general groups, we have specialized Caregiver focused groups.
These groups include:
- Galleria Caregiver Group
- Clear Lake Caregiver
In 2006, we opened our first Spanish speaking group. While that group has since closed, the number of Spanish speaking individuals in Houston continues to grow and we hope to host another Spanish speaking support group in the future. If you know of a need for a Spanish speaking support group in your area, please contact us at email@example.com.
LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) Community
In 2012, we responded to a need for groups in the LGBT community around Houston. We have heard that many individuals feel more comfortable in a safe environment with individuals who are accepting of all sexual orientation and gender variation.
These groups include:
- LGBT Evening
- LGBT Daytime
In addition to our general groups, we offer specialized groups for individuals 18 through 30 years of age. Participants have stated that it can be helpful to recieve support from peers who better understand due to similar age and current life experiences.
These groups include:
- Clear Lake Young Adult
- Piney Point Young Adult
The following support group types are for specific individuals currently being served by designated organizations. These groups are not open to the general public.
We offer support groups in facilities that provide services to individuals experiencing transitional living. These groups are closed to the general public and are only available to individuals receiving services from these organizations. We have had success in reaching this population through residential programs and transitional living environments. These organizations include The Women’s Home, Open Door Mission, and Covenant House.
We offer support groups in Fort Bend County at the Jester Prison in Richmond, Texas. We provide a support group specific to depression and bipolar disorders for the incarcerated.
The Gathering Place
We provide a group to the individuals receiving services from The Gathering Place. These individuals are receiving psychosocial rehabilitation services from The Gathering Place. You must be a member to receive services.
If you have any additional questions, please contact us.