DBSA Black Community Peer Support Groups

Hosted By
Michele B.
Monday, Apr 22, 2024 | 06:30pm - 07:30pm CDT
Meeting Full
About this meeting
DBSA has developed and nurtured the formation of online peer support groups specifically for Black individuals living with a mood disorder or who believe they may have a mood disorder. The groups, led by a Black peer facilitator, create a safe, culturally sensitive space for people to share stories, questions, and concerns.

About the host
I am a person with many years of lived experience with a mood disorder. I am a retired Human Resource Manager. I’m a Certified Peer Specialist, a long seasoned DBSA facilitator and a former DBSA Chapter President. I have completed Whole Health Action Management Training as well as Intensive Peer Support Training. Peer Support is my passion!
Motivation for help
I lived many years with a mood disorder and dealt with many life interruptions due to my mood disorder. I didn't have a full understanding of how I would go from a good place of wellness to being very unwell. About 15 years ago I completed my Wellness Recovery Action Plan and it gave me insight into my own pattern of unraveling. I now know the early warning signs to pay attention to in order to avoid crisis episodes. I would like to share lessons I've learned on my long recovery journey (failures and successes) and to assist peers in gaining the insight they need to avoid the life interruptions a mood disorder can bring.
Recent reviews
Michelle is absolutely wonderful.
May 21, 2024
She did something today that I thought was very tactless and rude. So there was a couple who had joined the Zoom together. Clearly you could tell they had never been there before. Not everyone just knows all the rules. They didn't know that they had to register separately. She was so condescending in the way she spoke to them and didn't really explain why it was an issue. She basically said "you need to register separately, you're breaking group confidentiality, I'm removing you". She just acted so irritated when obviously these people didn't know. She could have said we have groups all week so please register separately for those. No she just them down when the two of them clearly had something they wanted to process. If couples aren't allowed to be in the same group she could've said that. She didn't know what these people were going through and she talked to them like they were stupid. Then she made a sparky comment because I didn't see the guys username but I'm guessing he thought she called him instead of someone else. She said something rude like well I don't know who he thought I called so sorry everyone that this cut into our time. As if us have only so little time to process was their fault, no miss ma'am you take 30 minutes to go through less that 5 PowerPoint slides. That's what eats up our time. I wanted to call her out infront of everyone but I didn't want to bring hostility and risk not being able to come back, but to be quite frank she made me not want to come back because this was only my second meeting. I feel like she thinks because she has these DBSA accolades she can talk and operate however. Miss ai don't know who you are but you aren't about to belittle someone when we're all here for the same reason. I'm going to send this to that email I saw as well and you can use my name if you want because if she wants to talk about it, we can. I just felt like I needed to express how unprofessional that was and how uncomfortable it made me feel.
May 01, 2024
Very poised and at ease. Although she was clear on her role as a "peer". her experience came through as a true supporter and facilitator. Space was provided and encouraged for all. She was much appreciated.
Feb 27, 2024
Michelle and Nicole have always made this space such a warm, welcoming, and supportive environment where everyone is able to feel nurtured, validated, and a bit more healed. I love this group, everyone who regularly attends, and look forward to continuing our healing journeys together. Thank you Michelle, Nicole
Feb 21, 2024
Vanessa was just great thank you!
Feb 17, 2024
I'm incredibly grateful to Michelle for sharing her very inspirational story of courage, triumph, and continuous victory through her physical and mental health journey. She's a true role model, and I aspire to become as strong and resilient as she has become in the face of life's obstacles
Feb 13, 2024
Both Michelle
Feb 10, 2024
Michele’s the absolute best.
Feb 10, 2024
I only wish there were more Black Community groups offered on this platform, so that I could fill my day in groups that don't include some of the challenging experiences that marginalized people like myself have to face when entering spaces with others who either don't understand, or care enough to choose to practice cultural sensitivity with those who don't look, act or speak the way they do. This group is what helps make those very harmful experiences a little more bearable
Feb 03, 2024
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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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