Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance
We offer three support group meetings a week. They are held in a
comfortable, safe and confidential environment.
Although churches provide meeting space, the meetings are not religion-oriented. No fee or registration is
required. You must be 18 or older to attend. Friends and family are
welcome at all meetings. Usually no meetings are held on major holidays.
It will be noted under the hands at the top of this page whether or not a meeting will be held on a holiday or other special days, such as the chapter picnic and parties.
Our support groups receive no funds from our parent organization or from the government. We have no paid staff, and all our work is done by volunteers.
We do have a number of expenses: printed materials to provide for people with mood disorders: education, resources for recovery, and help in crises. We also donate to the churches who provide us with meeting spaces. Most of our money comes from voluntary contributions from people who attend the meetings. A strict rule of ours, however, is that nobody has to pay for participating.
We have had gifts that were memorials to loved ones and from people who appreciate what our support has done for a family member.
If you wish to make a tax-deductible donation, write a check payable to: DBSA-Charlotte, and address it::
c/o Sheryl Matsik
Board of Directors
8036 Regent Park Lane
Charlotte, NC 28210
We are one of nearly 700 chapters of a national organization working to help people with mood disorders.
Besides meetings, we hope you avail yourself of the many resources on this site.
" Learning to Cope
with Mood Disorders
Annual Chapter Picnic Saturday June 13 Noon-4 p.m.
Participant of all four meetings will gather at Marion Diehl Center's pavilion for food and good company. Hamburgers and hotdogs, plates and utensils will be provided. Please bring a side dish or dessert if you can or sign up at your meeting to bring drinks. See fun outings page for more details, inluding map
Saturday meetings cancelled until we can find place to meet
If you know of a good place, centrally located, for Saturday mornings,
Mondays University City 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. (This is the correct time. Ignore the old one on the brochures.)
University City Methodist Church
3835 West W.T. Harris Blvd.
Charlotte NC see map
Room 109 Enter parking lot from Brookstone entrance. Stay to the right.
Tuesdays Near Uptown 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
St. Martin Episcopal Church
1510 East 7th Street
Charlotte NC see map
Basement (Entrance at rear)
(Special Break-Out Session for Friends and Family in addition to regular meeting on 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month.)
7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
St. Matthew Catholic Church
8015 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy.
Charlotte NC see map Enter parking lot from Parkway entrance. Keep right. Meeting in building to right of fountain.
for More Info
Sheryl Board of Directors email: email@example.com phone: (980) 475-6020
The mission of DBSA, which has nearly 1,000 peer-run support groups nationally (serving about 70,000 people), is to provide hope, help and support to improve the lives of people living with mood disorders. DBSA pursues and accomplishes this mission through peer-based, recovery-oriented, empowering services and resources when people want them, where they want them, and how they want them.
Share the air Everyone who wishes to share has an opportunity to do so. No one person should monopolize group time. One person speaks at a time Each person should be allowed to speak free from interruption and side conversations. What is said here stays here
This is the essential principle of confidentiality and MUST be respected by all. Differences of opinion are O.K.
We are all entitled to our point of view. We are all equal
We accept cultural, linguistic, social and racial differences, and promote their acceptance. Use "I" language
Because we do not participate in support groups as credentialed professionals, we do not instruct or advise. We do, however, share
from our own experiences. For example: "In my experience, I have found . . ." Only we know what is best for our own health. It's O.K. not to share Newcomers may simply listen until they feel comfortable enough to share. It's everyone's responsibility to make the group a safe place to share
We respect confidentiality, treat each other with respect and kindness, and show compassion.
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