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We are a non-profit peer support group for those with mood and other mental health disorders. There are absolutely no member fees, no one will pass the hat. Family and friends are welcome to attend. NOTE: these meetings have been ongoing for 10 years and members almost never RSVP on meetup. We average 8-12 people each night, so don’t fear that you’ll be alone! Our address:
Crown City Suites
600 S. Lake Ave. Suite 200
Pasadena CA 91106
Mon. and Fri. 7:00-9:00 p.m.,
Free parking in the lot, just take a ticket.
DBSA San Gabriel Valley:

We also have a Zoom meeting for everyone Wed. 7:00-9:00 p.m. There are meetings specifically for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, on Zoom every second and fourth Saturday of the month at 1:00 p.m., where you can discuss your unique experiences. Please see the events link.

We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit! We're here for you!
*If you have benefited from DBSA in the past, please consider giving so that others can benefit in the future. Please help in any way you can! We have yearly costs for the Zoom meetings, the meet-up contact list, etc., to bring these events to you and keep you informed of them. We never charge for people to attend the event, and your donation will allow us to continue to offer this free service to the community. Also, to come back to our meetings and tell us how you are doing*

**WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO:** Fighting social isolation changes your genes, and DBSA, the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, is an important part of that. The science of epigenetics ( has conclusively demonstrated that peer support networks can be a life-changing or life-saving experience to an extent surprising to many immunologists and psychologists.

In "The Social Life of Genes: Shaping Your Molecular Composition" (, David Dobbs writes: “If you actually measure stress, using our best available instruments, it can’t hold a candle to social isolation. Social isolation is the best-established, most robust social or psychological risk factor for disease out there. Nothing can compete.” “You can’t change your genes. But if we’re even half right about all this, you can change the way your genes behave—which is almost the same thing. By adjusting your environment you can adjust your gene activity... “Despite these well-known effects, Cole said he was amazed when he started finding that social connectivity wrought such powerful effects on gene expression." What this means is that the same gene expression that cause a bipolar or depressive condition to manifest itself can be affected by a positive and supportive social environment to the point the same genetic trait is reduced in severity or even brought to remission.

**The Lethality of Loneliness** ( We are social animals. We were never meant to be alone. Air pollution increases yours odds of an early death by 5%, obesity by 20%, alcohol by 30%, and living with loneliness by 45%.


*Please help in any way you can! Donate by using this link*


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