DBSA-Charlotte: Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance

 "The people at DBSA-Charlotte have helped me through some very difficult times, not only with my bipolar disorder, but with grief over the loss of my wife and the loss of my career.  They offered much solace and encouragement without trying to instruct me on what I should do.  After 17 years with this group, I count many of them among my closest friends."
-A Grateful Member


People who have been a part of us like us. The following are comments about the national DBSA and about our Charlotte chapter.  Please Email Debra at the following:
debrabakercullen@aol.com if you would like to share your own experience with us or any other chapter. It would be published anonymously with your permission.

What People Who Know Us Think about Us

from National DBSA

"DBSA support groups are run by people, families and friends affected by depression or bipolar disorder.  They are safe, confidential, free meetings where people can learn more about depression, bipolar disorder, and how to live with the illnesses."

One father of a daughter living with bipolar disorder says, "DBSA support groups help take a lot of stress out of your life.  As a family member, you have to be as prepared as possible, and accept that things will still happen that you aren't totally prepared for.  DO all the research you can.  Build a long list of dependable resources and support people, so when a situation arises, you know where to turn and how to take the next step.  This really helped my family when we needed it."

A mother of a son living with depression says, "When you are in the middle of a situation, it's hard to see what's happening, but when you sit in a support group meeting across from someone who is going through the same things, it gives you perspective."


DBSA-Charlotte members have added:

"Coming here I get to spend time with my real family."

"I can't even tell you how good it feels to know that every here is like me."

 "It's like the theme song from that show, "Cheers", you know:  'Where everybody knows your name, and they're always glad you came.'  You want to be where you can see that our troubles are all the same. You want to be where everybody knows your name."

Want to Help DBSA and Share Your Story?

Want to share with others why you support DBSA? Has DBSA made an impact on your personal
 recovery story? The DBSA national office wants to hear from you!

We are looking for people to submit testimonials (2–5 sentences) and personal stories (2 paragraphs to a page) to feature in our creative projects and campaigns. To learn more about how you might submit your story or testimonial, email Brittany Telander at btelander@DBSAlliance.org. 

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