Welcome to the Rockland County Chapter of the NYS Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
We are a group of very special people who’ve been there. We share and seek understanding and acceptance of the situations surrounding Bipolar Disorder and Depression. 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 welcomed 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. 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 Thursday night.Any questions: call Leslie at 845-558-8478 or Eileen at 845-208-1766 or email firstname.lastname@example.orgThere is no fee for attending the 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. With regular attendance so high, and new guests at nearly every meeting, R-DBSA has outgrown it’s current accommodations at St.John’s Episcopal Church in New City, NY. This marks the fourth move for R-DBSA to it’s new home, Jawonio in New Hempstead, NY.
“I have so much to offer…” Leslie currently serves as Co-president of R-DBSA, Co-president of NYS-DBSA, was honored by DBSA National this year with the Outstanding Leadership Award, and Co-President of the Mental Health Coalition, all a consummate testament to her commitment and passion toward mental wellness and DBSA and it’s mission.
This support group is for people diagnosed with depression or bipolar disorder: people who think they may have a mood disorder. The group is peer-to-peer and not run by professionals.
Who Should Attend a DBSA Support Group?
People diagnosed with depression or bipolar disorder
People who think they may have a mood disorder
People suffering from anxiety
Supporters of a person with a mood disorder
DBSA support groups are not run by professionals, but instead offer peer-to-peer support which is an important component of recovery.