Support Group for Unipolar Depression and Bipolar Disorder
(We are a Support Group and not a therapy group. We meet every Tuesday evening at 7 pm until about 9 pm except for Christmas (Eve and Day), New Year's (Eve and Day), and Independence Day. We meet at the College Heights Church, 1150 West Hillsdale Blvd., San Mateo, CA 94403. Our telephone number is (650) 299-8880 (leave a message) or contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
IMPORTANT: If you are feeling suicidal or in a situation where you might hurt yourself or others, CALL 911. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255 (1-800-273-TALK).
Meetings are free (voluntary donations are encouraged but not required). The primary rule is absolute confidentiality. What is said in our group stays in our group. Meetings are generally on the intimate side -- about 7-15 people -- and we make sure that everyone has a turn to talk. We introduce ourselves by first name, diagnosis, and what medications and/or therapy we are using. After that, we are interested mostly in how you are doing. We make sure everyone has a turn that is at least 5 minutes and frequently longer to share. We value supportive interactions and have found that exchanging experience can be helpful in achieving wellness.
We welcome all who come -- including those with additional diagnoses such as anxiety, substance abuse and PTSD (all are relatively common) -- as well as support persons (relatives, friends). We have had attendees from a wide variety of ethnic, religious and racial backgrounds, as well as sexual orientations.
If you would like to be on our email list, please come to our meeting and sign up to hear from us.
We are a local chapter of a national organization, the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance. You can obtain further information and other resources, including support groups in other areas, online at www.DBSAlliance.org.