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Rockland County Depression & Bipolar Support Group Pages

Welcome to the Rockland County Chapter of the NYS Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance

We are a group of individuals people who have been there. We share and seek understanding and acceptance of the situations surrounding Bipolar Disorder, Depression and other Mood and Social Disorders. Through frank and open discussion, compassion, real and true support, the members of the Rockland Chapter of DBSA have come together to create a cohesive unit that is vibrant and alive and offers hope and the means to help people help themselves. This group should be a welcome part of your wellness program, and if you are a family member, or friend of an individual dealing with Bipolar Disorder or Depression, the same applies. As well, if you are dealing with a Drug and/or Alcohol Addiction and a Mood Disorder, or believe you have one, we offer a support group to address those issues. Peer-to-peer support is a proven path to recovery and wellness. If you are looking for a place, for people who truly want to help you help yourself to change your life, waste no more time, look no further, we’d love to see you Wednesday and/or Thursday night.

Any questions: call Ralph at 914-564-6858 or Brian at 845-300-1343 or email

There is no fee for attending either support group.

The Rockland County chapter of DBSA was founded in 2006 by Leslie Freeman Davis. Leslie is among the many diagnosed with Bipolar II Disorder. A native of Chicago, as the world moved into the new century, Leslie moved to Rockland County, New York where the new century brought with it new possibilities. “In my healing journey it was, and is, important for me to do something that is fulfilling to me.” In her search for wellness, after attending DBSA meetings in Westchester and New Jersey, Leslie decided to apply her extensive management and leadership skills and founded the Rockland County Chapter of the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance. “Being able to give back to others who have experienced similar pain was my need for fulfillment.”

Since it’s inception in November of 2006 the chapter has grown from an half dozen members meeting in a small room at the Mental Health Association to over 50 people every Thursday evening, some of the members veterans of many years, and now new members participating on Wednesday nights. With regular attendance so high, and new guests at nearly every meeting, R-DBSA outgrew accommodations at St.John’s Episcopal Church in New City, NY. Marking the fourth move for R-DBSA, Jawonio in New Hempstead, NY is now our new home.

“I have so much to offer…” Leslie currently serves as President of the Mental Health Coalition and Co-President of NYS-DBSA, and was honored by DBSA National this year with the Outstanding Leadership Award, a consummate testament to her commitment and passion toward mental wellness, DBSA and it’s mission.

This support group is for people diagnosed with depression, bipolar disorder, other mood disorders including anxiety, people who think they may have a mood disorder, and those dealing with alcohol and/or drug addiction and a diagnosed or perceived mood disorder. It is also for those who support and care for these individuals : friends and family.

Who Should Attend a DBSA Support Group?

 People diagnosed with depression or bipolar disorder
 People who think they may have a mood disorder and/or suffering from anxiety
 People dealing with drug/alcohol addiction
 Supporters of a person with a mood disorder and/or addiction

DBSA support groups are not run by professionals, but instead offer peer-to-peer support which is an important component of recovery.

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