Starting in 2000 as a small support group for those coping with mental health symptoms, this group known as "Carl Brown's Mad Dog Army" met weekly at a local library. Eventually, the group sought a charter with the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA), a nonprofit, peer-directed organization bringing together people with depression and bipolar disorder for support and networking. Now as the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance of Louisville, we help reach millions of people each year with in‐person and online peer support through a network of more than 300 chapters. We provide current, understandable information about depression and bipolar disorder and empowering tools focused on an integrated approach to wellness. DBSA Louisville has been providing services to the Kentuckiana area for over 15 years, and strives to find new ways to reach, teach and support our community.
Anyone can benefit from attending one of our support groups, whether you are not feeling well and suspect you may have an underlying mental health condition, you have been diagnosed, or are a friend or family member of someone who has been diagnosed. Our support groups give you the opportunity to reach out to others and benefit from the experience of those who have been there. We strive to motivate you to follow your treatment plans and help you understand that a mood disorder does not define who you are. Our Group discussions are not led by or directed by anyone in a professional capacity. As peers, we do not diagnose, endorse or recommend the use of any specific treatment or medication, we believe each person's path to wellness is uniquely their own. We want to help you rediscover strengths and humor you may have thought you had lost, while providing a forum for mutual acceptance, understanding, and self-discovery.
Those of us coping with mood disorders have to be extremely careful who we allow to know that we have a mood disorder. Not everyone is capable of handling the information, and unfortunately in this day and age many will misuse the privilege of knowing. Many of us at DBSA Louisville have come to really respect and appreciate the family and friends who do everything they can to help. We've noticed that consumers with engaged families and friends were more likely to be compliant with treatment and found the path to wellness easier to navigate. We are extremely grateful for them. We know that it sometimes takes courage to stand by our side and they need support too. We are very excited that we have a support group for our Family and Friends every Tuesday night at our Tuesday night meeting at St. Paul's United Methodist Church.
"The worst is done, and it has been mended. And all will be well, and all will be well, and all will be very well." -Julian of Norwich
1319 Missouri Avenue
Jeffersonville, IN 47130
7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
1533 Nicholosville Road
Lexington, KY 40503
7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Family and Friends Support Group
Meets every Tuesday
2000 Douglass Blvd.
Louisville, KY 40205
7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
4000 Kresge Way
Louisville, KY 40207
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
301 York Street
Louisville, KY 40203
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
As an independent affiliate of DBSA, our chapter offers peer-run support groups where you will find comfort and direction in a confidential and supportive setting, and where you can make a difference in the lives of others.
The leading peer-directed national organization focusing on the two most prevalent mental health conditions nationally, depression and bipolar disorder.
Non-profit Mental Health Organization that provides the highest quality community based psychiatric rehabilitation and recovery services, education, and support to those touched by mental illness.
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