Welcome to DBSA Greater Milwaukee
Welcome to the Greater Milwaukee Chapter of the Depression Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA GRM) and congratulations on taking this step toward your wellness. We are very happy you are joining us.
We get together every second and fourth Monday of the month at Independence First from 6:30-8:30.
Welcome to DBSA Greater Milwaukee, an independent affiliate of the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance! We are led by and created for peers - individuals living with mood disorders – and that experience informs everything that we do. Another distinction is that we are not physicians or other type of mental healthcare provider. Being peer-run makes our tagline, “We’ve been there, we can help,” a reality. Our mission is to provide hope, help, support, and education to improve the lives of people living with mood disorders.
At the meetings, we have about 6 people per table including a trained facilitator. The trained facilitator at your table is living with a mood disorder, as well. Each person at the table contributes to the group, and the facilitators are not here as the people with all the answers. The facilitator’s role is to simply keep our discussion on track and to help maintain a productive environment. To do that, we may occasionally ask a question, make a comment, or help move the discussion along.
This support group of DBSA Greater Milwaukee is a gathering of peers who assist, encourage and enable each other in helping themselves. Each participant follows their own unique path to wellness and chooses to make that journey in the company of others headed in the same direction. Our meetings are designed to give everyone an opportunity to participate as they are comfortable.
Confidentiality is one of the most important aspects of our support group. No one may ever reveal information about the people attending the group or what is said during the meeting. This means that “What is said here, stays here.”
The DBSA Greater Milwaukee support group meetings are free of charge. They are open to adults 18 and older. We do require that you have a therapist and/or a psychiatrist. We are not professionals and strongly believe that it is important for our members to be seeing a professional to get a proper diagnosis and treatment. Family members/friends are also welcome to attend in a separate room with one of our trained facilitators.
No registration is required. We do ask that you sign our attendance sheet with your first name, email address (for reminders), where you heard of DBSA Greater Milwaukee, and zip code (although it is optional to do so). The sheet is used to gather demographic information. We do not publicize or sell/rent group membership lists.
We appreciate a call or email to let us know that you are coming so that we can answer any questions that you have about the group.