Frequently Asked Questions About Support Groups
Do I need to register for groups or can I just walk in? Is there any cost?
You can just walk into the in-person groups. However, those are temporarily suspended. You need to register online for the Wednesday and Sunday night 7pm groups. Head over to our Support Groups page to register. There is no registration required for the Senior Citizen Support Group, which is the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month. There is no charge for groups, but our chapter runs on donations, so donations are always appreciated.
Are the facilitators who run the support groups medical professionals?
No. Facilitators are peers - people just like you who have learned to cope with their illnesses and are giving back by running support groups. All our facilitators are trained, having participated in peer support group facilitator training with our national office, DBSA Alliance.
How are the support groups run?
Our support groups start out with the facilitator reading a preamble which sets forth the guidelines for the groups - use "I" language, share the air (everyone gets a chance to speak), anything said is confidential, everyone is equal, and differences of opinion are okay. Your support group facilitator will then begin to lead discussions and move discussions along throughout the course of the support group.
Do I have to talk at the group?
No! Nobody is forced to speak. Feel free to sit quietly and listen to your peers.
Can I bring my significant other, spouse, child, family member or friend to a group?
Yes! The only persons we prohibit are students/medical professionals observing groups, out of respect for our members and group attendees.
Do I have to be medically diagnosed with a mental illness to attend a support group?
How often should I attend?
As often as you're able, or feel comfortable. We recommend going to a group at least three times to get the general feel of the group to decide if it is/is not for you.
Are support groups confidential?
May I attend more than one group?
Yes, definitely! No limit, attend as many as you want or need.
Below is some additional information on DBSA-GC support groups: