Who We Are

The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) is the leading peer-directed national organization focusing on the two most prevalent mental health conditions, depression and bipolar disorder, which affect more than 21 million Americans, account for 90% of the nation’s suicides every year, and cost $23 billion in lost workdays and other workplace losses.

DBSA’s peer-based, wellness-oriented, and empowering services and resources are available when people need them, where they need them, and how they need to receive them—online 24/7, in local support groups, in audio and video casts, or in printed materials distributed by DBSA, our chapters, and mental health care facilities across America.

Through more than 700 support groups and nearly 300 chapters, DBSA reaches millions of people each year with in-person and online peer support; current, readily understandable information about depression and bipolar disorder; and empowering tools focused on an integrated approach to wellness.

What Makes DBSA Unique

DBSA is led by and created for individuals living with a mood disorder, and that experience informs everything that we do.

What’s Different About DBSA

  • Peer-led: More than half of the DBSA staff and board members live with a mood disorder and all DBSA support groups are facilitated by peers.
  • Targeted: DBSA focuses solely on depression & bipolar disorder.
  • Nationally recognized: DBSA is nationally recognized for our Peer Specialist training services, our mental health advocacy work, our expansive peer support network, and as an expert on the subject of mood disorders. 
  • Innovative: DBSA provides leading-edge, interactive online resources.
  • Wellness-centered: DBSA informs, empowers, supports, and inspires individuals to achieve the lives they want to lead.
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