DBSA-Charlotte: Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance

Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance

We offer five weekly support group meetings. They are held in a comfortable, safe and confidential environment. No fee or registration is required. You must be 18 or older to attend. Friends and family are welcome at all meetings.  No meetings are held on major holidays

 Donations or Gifts

 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 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 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 donation, write a check payable to:  
DBSA-Charlotte and address it:

We appreciate any help you may provide to further our mission. We've been there, we can help.

 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


DBSA Announcements

In the event that a regularly scheduled meeting falls on a major holiday, that meeting will not take place until it's next regularly scheduled date.

In the case of severe weather, please contact the group host or facilitator to see if the group will be held as usual.  If you do not have the contact information for that host or facilitator, please call the contact on this website.

If you're a student wanting to be an observer, please contact us first for permission.


Monday and Wednesday physical support meetings are now in person. Sunday meetings are still via Zoom at 4 pm.

Please visit our Zoom Meeting page for online support groups.


2nd & 4th Mondays Only, October Forward
University City
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
University City United Methodist Church
3835 West W.T. Harris Blvd.
Charlotte NC 28269
Room 109 Enter parking lot from Brookstone entrance. Stay to the right. see map

Near Uptown
7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
St. Martin Episcopal Church
1510 East 7th Street
Charlotte NC 28204
Blue door to the Basement (Entrance in rear of church)
(Special Break-Out Session for Friends and Family on 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month.)
see map

Steele Creek Area

Faith Based 

9/13 Start

Good Shepherd UMC
13110 Moss Road
Charlotte   28273
(Corner of Moss Road & S. Tryon.  Moss Road is between Westinghouse Blvd. & Steele Creek Road)
Church Office:704-588-3309


Ballantyne Area
7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
St. Matthew Catholic Church
8015 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy.
Charlotte NC 28277
Enter parking lot from Parkway entrance. Keep right. Meeting in building to right of fountain.
Room 202
see map 

1st & 3rd Saturdays Only

10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
First Presbyterian Church of Charlotte
200 W. Trade Street
Charlotte, NC 28202
On the corner of N. Church & W. Trade Streets Free parking on church's lot at the corner of N. Poplar & W. Trade. Enter building at door with awning.
see map
Overview With Notes


Contact Us for More Information

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Debra: 980-785-6613

Our Mission

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.

See DBSA's National Website for helpful materials such as brochures, articles, videos, etc.


Support Group

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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