DBSA Rural Community Peer Support Groups

Hosted By
Christina J.
Monday, Apr 22, 2024 | 07:00pm - 08:00pm CDT
Meeting Full
About this meeting
This group is for members of the rural community who live with depression or bipolar disorder or who believe they may have depression or bipolar. The groups, led by a facilitator from the rural community with lived experience, create a safe environment for people to share stories, questions, and concerns with other people who live in rural areas with a mood disorder
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    Christina J.

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  • Co-host

    Tim L.

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About the host
Hello! I am a Certified Peer Specialist with experience in the areas of depression, anxiety, grief, addiction, family support, and trauma. I am a state certified WHAM (Whole Health Action Management) wellness coach, Certified Parent Peer Support Specialist, and experienced WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Plan) group facilitator. I am also certified by the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association as a Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner (CPRP). I feel honored and privileged to support peers along their recovery journey by using my training, lived experience, and compassionate connection.
Motivation for help
After experiencing the loss of my son and his father to suicide, I am motivated to support family and friends who support loved ones living with mental illness or addiction or who have lost loved ones to suicide. I also want to help peers recognize that a mental health diagnosis or substance use disorder does not prevent them from living the life they deserve and desire.
Recent reviews
Sensitive and intuitive.
May 14, 2024
Christina is always great
May 10, 2024
Adam was really good, made time for everyone to talk and had interesting comments to keep things moving
May 10, 2024
Adam is an outstanding facilitator, group leader, and peer supporter. He listens intentionally and validates each speaker with personalized feedback.
May 10, 2024
Christina opened the meeting and got a good launch. Nancy was break-out room person and our group had very meaningful shares in a safe space. New people participated and I felt caring energy and true listening. Being with others who support each other is healing.
May 03, 2024
She was engaged and everything ran smoothly.
May 03, 2024
Always kind, always helpful
Apr 30, 2024
Very welcoming and kept the meeting moving. Positive, friendly, and gave me a feeling hope. I look forward to attending again very soon.
Apr 26, 2024
I absolutely LOVE Christina's group! The emotional support I get from this group is unlike no other and I'm so grateful. Thank you Christina for holding space for all of us<3
Apr 26, 2024
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Attendees (16)
ChristinaW3 Kris hope Acasado0219 Tiffany Michele, CPS WHAM moejoy2003 Gypsyprincess30 Lydia RedDwarf emmavaughan Julia PA Betty NanCGC64 Lee G Melanie Haney
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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 enableĀ 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, visitĀ

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