MHA of Greater Dallas hosts a number of peer-led support groups at our Dallas offices. As a temporary measure in response to the COVID-19, our support groups will not be meeting at our office until further notice, and will be held online through password-protected zoom meetings.
Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA):
DBSA Dallas is a locally-run, independent affiliate of the National DBSA, which is the largest support organization in the nation devoted exclusively to mood disorders. DBSA Dallas is a not-for-profit corporation run by “peers, individuals with mood disorders and their significant others. The purpose of the corporation is to improve the lives of people living with mood disorders in the Dallas area.”
Meetings are held every Monday from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. CST
Taking Care of You:
A skill-building group for people living with behavioral health concerns. It is designed to help members reach a sense of peace. Topics include recovering from anger and fear, resilience thinking, boundary building, finding resources and safety concerns.
Meetings are held every Wednesday from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. CST
Depression Support Group:
Depression is a tricky illness because it tends to perpetuate itself in three ways. First, it makes it difficult to make decisions – it’s difficult just to decide to get better, much less to decide how to get better. Second, it inhibits motivation – many times you may get started but then you lose your enthusiasm at the first “bump in the road.” Lastly, at the moment you most need support, the illness makes people feel isolated and alone.
Meetings are held every Thursday from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. CST
Anxiety Support Group:
The Anxiety Support Group is a safe-haven for discussing the overwhelming fears we experience with anxiety disorders. It is so important to remember we are not alone in our struggles, as we focus on understanding and overcoming anxiety together. Come share your experiences with your peers, hear what they have gone through, and learn new coping strategies in a comfortable environment.
Meetings are held every Friday from 2:00 p.m.- 3:30 p.m. CST
Recovery International (RI):
Recovery International (RI) is a mental health self-help organization whose programs are based on the cognitive-behavioral, peer-led training methods developed by Abraham Low, MD. This group isn’t primarily for addiction/substance abuse but for anyone who is coping with a mental illness. The RI Method is a system of self-help techniques used to help individuals lead more peaceful and productive lives. People who practice the living skills detailed in the programs learn to change their thoughts and behaviors; changes in attitudes and beliefs follow. Although many people only use the Recovery International Method for their needs, it is not intended as a substitute for professional care, but rather as an adjunct to it.
Meetings are held every Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. CST
Hoarding and Cluttering Support Group:
The Hoarding and Cluttering Support Group follows an action-oriented self-help program called the “Buried In Treasures Workshop.” Each session focuses on the book Buried in Treasures: Help for Compulsive Acquiring, Saving, and Hoarding (Tolin, Frost, & Steketee, 2nd ed. 2013, Oxford University Press). Sessions are facilitated by a nonprofessional who may have (or have had) a hoarding disorder or a special interest in it. Activities include chapter discussions; exercises from the book related to the acquisition, discarding and disorganization; and homework between sessions at the participant’s pace.
Meetings are held the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of Every Month from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. CST
Achievement Through The Arts (ATTA):
ATTA is a local organization of artists who live with a behavioral health concern. ATTA “envisions our community supporting art as a means of recovery through self-expression in a stigma-free environment.” For more information, contact ATTA President KeLaine Kvale at 214-296-7314.
Meetings are held every Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. for Writers Group and from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. for ATTA’s core group meeting.