The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) is the leading patient-directed national organization focusing on the most prevalent mental illnesses. DBSA was founded in 1985, and is a not-for- profit 501(c)3 organization which works to ensure that people living with mood disorders are treated equitably. The organization fosters an environment of understanding about the impact and management of these life-threatening illnesses by providing up-to-date, scientifically based tools and information written in a language the general public can understand. DBSA supports research to promote more timely diagnosis, develop more effective and tolerable treatments, and discover a cure. DBSA reaches nearly five million people through education materials and programs, exhibit materials, and media activities.
Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance of Oklahoma (DBSA-OK) is a state branch of the national organization. DBSA-OK began in 1991 with their first support group in Oklahoma City, and now offers free, peer led support groups located around the state of Oklahoma. We provide training and educational classes for those who are looking to facilitate support groups, or further their recovery journey. DBSA-OK also holds regular facilitator summit to provide support and further education of our facilitators. We provide a wide variety of informational brochures and pamphlets on different aspects of mental health disorders. We reach out to the public by attending different state conferences and events.
DBSA-OK holds two annual events for our consumers, volunteers and family members. We have an annual picnic and silent auction in the fall, and George Kotwitz Memorial Fundraiser which is held in early December. We also work closely with other consumer advocates around the state.