DBSA Family and Friends Support Group

Hosted By
Madonna A.
Sunday, Mar 03, 2024 | 03:00pm - 04:00pm CST
Meeting Full
About this meeting
The primary participants in this group are family members or friends of individuals diagnosed with a mood disorder or who believe they may have a mood disorder. Those with mood disorders may attend but the topics of discussion will come from the friends and family perspective. The intention of this group is to create a safe space for sharing stories, questions, and concerns that the friends and family may have
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    Madonna A.

    Peer Supporter

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  • Co-host

    Luanne V.

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About the host
Madonna J. Arsenault, M.Div., CSD, Chaplain, CPSS *Blessings of deep peace be with you; I’m grateful you are here. I come from a long line of indigenous healers, and am a Christian believer. *I’m also a teacher of beautiful things and an encourager of spirit with many years of experience of providing spiritual and emotional care with persons who are our most vulnerable from diverse populations, bringing hope to life. *Credentials: M.Div., Master of Divinity, Hospital Chaplain, Hospice Chaplain, Chaplain and Minister for Volunteers of America, Certified Spiritual Director in private practice, Birth Doula, Trainer/Facilitator Shay Moral Injury Center, VOA, Certified Peer Support Specialist, Clinical Therapeutic Musician, Residential Counselor, and Reiki Master. *Groups where you will find me as a peer supporter: Volunteers of America VOA ReST for First Responders, VOA ReST for Veterans, VOA ReST General, DBSA, DBSA Friends and Family, Pregnancy and Postpartum Care and Support, Hey Ladies Growing Together: New Moms, Soul Care for Women, One-to-One Life and Wellness Coaching, and Spiritual Direction *During a very difficult time in my life, his saying helped to shift my mindset: “…the unendurable is the beginning of the curve of joy”. It speaks of honoring the present moment with hope, waiting for a turn in circumstances, and lifting the hope with a promise of joy awaiting on the other side of a hard now. In peer support, that’s what we do together in a safe and confidential space of empathetic and compassionate connection. The most important thing for us is to know that we are not alone in the life challenges we are facing. *Please reach out to me here on Hey Peers if you desire to connect for one-to one peer support, spiritual care, emotional support, or life and wellness coaching. Deep peace, Madonna
Motivation for help
I have been to the dark edges of deep sorrow and pain, and I have been brought to a sacred garden of joy and peace. My life is a story full of hope on this journey, and I’ve found that there is healing in the sharing our stories, more importantly, having our stories witnessed and believed is when the power of healing begins to arrive.
Recent reviews
Madonna's voice and manner make me feel safe and put me in a soulful mindset.
Apr 21, 2024
i had to leave early because my internet was showing signs of shutting down but Madonna handled this meeting in a warm and wonderful way. Just sorry that i had to pop out because of scary shaky internet connections.
Apr 17, 2024
I enjoyed the belly breathing, the gaps of silence, and the vulnerability.
Apr 11, 2024
Just don't feel she's in touch with Mood disorders at all.
Apr 03, 2024
They were excellent.
Apr 03, 2024
Mar 27, 2024
I am so thankful to have encountered Madonna again as a moderator, her soothing voice and calmness passes from the screen into our lives so easily.
Mar 20, 2024
Madonna's demeanor was very nurturing and brought a great deal of calm and peace.
Mar 03, 2024
Wonderfull group leader
Feb 07, 2024
Registration Closed
Attendees (46)
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Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) is the leading peer-focused national organization focused on depression and bipolar disorder. DBSA's peer-based, wellness-oriented, and empowering services and resources are available when people need them, where they need them, and how they need to receive them. This includes online and local support groups, audio and video casts, and printed materials distributed by DBSA, our chapters, and mental health care facilities across America.

DBSA online support groups provide people living with depression and bipolar disorder a place to share experiences, discuss coping skills, and offer hope to one another. DBSA support groups are peer-led, meaning they are facilitated by someone living with a mood disorder who has been trained and certified to guide others on their journey.

DBSA online support group meetings are peer-based self-help groups. In the DBSA context, a peer is a person with a mood disorder. Another distinction of peer is that we are not professionals - physicians and other mental health providers. We are here to assist, encourage, and enable each other to help ourselves.

Please note that the schedule for DBSA support group meetings on HeyPeers has been updated for 2024. To see all available meetings through DBSA, or to find alternatives if you are waitlisted for a group, visit

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