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Montreal Depression and Bipolar Support Group (DBSA) is a peer run support group that offers help for people with depression and bipolar.

We are a group that supports each other because life is tough alone with a mental illness. There’s lots of ah ha moments when you learn that you’re not the only one who experiences crazy things. We share our stories to gain support.

The Depression and Bipolar Alliance (DBSA) national envisions wellness for people living with mood disorders (depression and bipolar disorder).

DBSA Support Group Guidelines for our meetings

· Share the Air

Everyone who wishes to share has an opportunity to do so. No one person should monopolize the group time.

· One person speaks at a time

Each person should be allowed to speak free from interruption and side conversations.

· What is said here stays here

This is the essential principle of confidentiality and MUST be respected by all.

· Differences of opinion are OK

We are ALL entitled to our own point of view.

· We are all equal

We accept cultural, linguistic, social, and racial differences and promote their acceptance.

· Use “I” language

Because we do not participate in discussion groups as credentialed professionals, NO ONE CAN INSTRUCT. However, we can share from our own personal experiences. For example, we cannot say – “you should do X.” We can say: “when I was faced with a similar problem, I…” Always put things in the context of our own experiences.

· It’s OK not to share

People do not have to share if they do not wish to. Much can be gained by just listening.

· It’s everyone’s responsibility to make the discussion groups a safe place to share.

We respect confidentiality, treat each other with respect and kindness, and show compassion.

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