The primary function of Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance is to provide free peer-led support groups for people living with a mood disorder. There are many benefits from attending a peer support group meeting.
The most important benefit is that you learn you are not alone. You’ll meet and interact with others with similar situations. You’ll learn new coping skills from others that are leading productive lives even though they deal with depression or other disorder.
Research funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) show that people who attend peer support meetings tend to eliminate the need to be re-admitted to a mental hospital. It is believed that your recovery is strengthened when you regularly attend support group meetings.
Another benefit from attending support group meetings is it helps you to socialize safely with others, and it gets you out of the house. Being with others like you can give you a refreshed sense of well-being, and can help build your self-esteem.
By regularly attending peer support group meetings you’re less likely to view yourself through a lens of stigma, and more likely to view yourself empowered to live successfully.
Locate a support group near you by visiting http://dbsaok.org/support.