DBSA South Bay

                                                      Support Group

                                                   Meeting Guidelines

                                                        “We’ve been there.  We can help.”

The mission of the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) is to provide hope and support to help improve the lives of people living with mood disorders.  One way this is accomplished is through DBSA group meetings.  These meetings provide peer-based, recovery-oriented support and resources.

For this group to be effective, we follow these guidelines:

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

2. One person speaks at a time. Each person should be allowed to speak free from interruptions and side conversations.

3. What is said here stays here.  This is the essential principle of confidentiality, and MUST be respected by all.

4. Differences of opinion are OK.  We are ALL entitled to our own point of view.

5. We are all equal.  We accept cultural, linguistic, social and racial differences and promote their acceptance.

6. Use "l" language.  Because we do not participate in discussion groups as credentialed professionals, NO ONE CAN INSTRUCT. We, however, do share from our own personal experiences. We are unique individuals, and only we know what is best for our own health (along with our doctor's recommendations) Example: "ln my experience, I have found this to be helpful."

7. 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.

8. It’s everyone's responsibility to make the discussion groups a safe place to share. Respect confidentiality, treat each other with respect and kindness, and show compassion. Sexual harassment includes, but is not limited to, inappropriate sexual comments, jokes and other insulting or degrading remarks, gestures and uninvited touching.

9. Please don’t use profanity, and turn off your cell phone.

10. These guidelines must be followed in any and all interactions and communications between and among all group members, regardless of the activity or location.