About DBSA Support Groups
If you’re curious how DBSA support groups work or what to expect, you’ve come to the right place. See the frequently asked questions below, or contact us with any questions you may have.
What happens in a support group?
DBSA support group meetings focus on mutual aid and strategies for living the fullest life possible. By sharing experiences, insights, and ideas, people get peer-to-peer support from others who have been there.
What qualifications and training do support group facilitators have?
Each support group meeting is facilitated by someone with depression or bipolar disorder or a loved one. Facilitators receive training in helping meetings run smoothly, but they are not healthcare professionals.
Do support groups take the place of therapy?
No. Group participation is a valuable supplement to professional care (whether that care includes medication, talk therapy, or other treatment methods) but is not a substitute for it.
Do I need to register or sign up?
No. There’s no need to do anything at all to join a group other than show up.
How much does a support group cost?
All DBSA support groups are completely free. There are no charges of any kind to join!
Are families or loved ones allowed to come, too?
Yes! We encourage family members and loved ones over the age of 18 to attend with you.
Is childcare provided?
DBSA support groups do not provide childcare at this time. If childcare is an impediment for you attending the group, contact the group facilitator for suggestions.
Why are groups held in churches?
DBSA-OK does not have a religious affiliation of any kind. However, churches frequently donate their rooms and space for community use, and are therefore a common meeting place for DBSA support groups.
I’m in crisis. Should I come to a support group for help?
No. DBSA does not provide crisis services. If you’re in mental health crisis or having thoughts of hurting yourself or others CALL or TEXT 988, Oklahoma’s mental health lifeline.
Are DBSA support groups for adolescents, or just adults?
DBSA groups are open to those 18 or older. For information about services for youth, contact the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health.