We know the power of peer support and believe it must be integrated into all aspects of healthcare but also continue to expand on services and supports beyond “treatment as usual”
Peer Support empowers individuals to make the best decisions for themselves and to strive toward their goals toward mental wellness.
Our groups offer a safe space for individuals living with mental health conditions to come and equip themselves with the tools they need to help them on their journey.
Peer groups should not be used as a replacement to treatment but used in connection with treatment.
Our hope is that our group members will see:
-Improvement to their quality of life
-Improvement to their whole health, including, chronic conditions
-Improvement with the engagement and satisfaction of services and supports
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 Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and/or struggling with substance use. It is designed to help members learn health ways to cope with stress and feel safe. 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.
This group supports wellness, resiliency, and recovery for those living with Depression The group is peer led with self-reflection, peer to peer discussion and workbook studies.
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
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.