If you are in crisis, call Colorado Crisis Services: 1-844-493-8255. More resources: Crisis Resources.
Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
Boulder

Covid-19 Update: Currently all meetings are held virtually during the normal meeting times. To join, email bdbsazoom@gmail.com for details.

Boulder: Sundays, 6-7:30PM / Northstar: Mondays, 7PM / Broomfield: Thursdays, 6:30-8PM

Boulder DBSA is a peer-led support organization for people experiencing depression and bipolar disorder.

This includes those with diagnoses, friends/family and care givers. We offer weekly in-person support groups, links to resources at the national DBSA web site as well as resources on this web site.

Boulder DBSA Meetings

All in-person meetings are temporarily suspended due to Covid-19. We are meeting with Zoom. Email bdbsazoom@gmail.com for details on joining the Zoom meetings.

Boulder - Virtual Meeting Only

Day & Time: Sundays, 6:00-7:30 PM
Address: 2855 Folsom, Boulder CO 80304
Details: Unity church at the South West corner of Folsom and Valmont. People with diagnoses are welcome every meeting.  Friends and family are welcome the second Sunday for their own meeting, and the first Sunday joining those with symptoms.  The church doors will be unlocked at 5:45 PM and re-locked at 6:15 PM. Meetings are for adults 18 and over.

Broomfield - Virtual Meeting Only

Day & Time: Thursdays, 6:30-8:00 PM
Address: 825 Kohl Street, Broomfield CO 80020
Details: United Church of Christ. The first Thursday of the month adds friends/family/caregivers.   NOTE: The church door must remain locked so a greeter will be at the door from 6:30 PM until 6:40 PM.  After that please ring the door bell to the left of the doors for access. Meetings are for adults 18 and over.

Northstar - Virtual Meeting Only

Day & Time: Mondays, 7:00 PM
Address: 10451 N Huron St., Northglenn CO 80234
Details: Meetings are at Crossroads church. Enter the North entrance with the exterior wooden ramp (not the Children's entrance), walk straight in through a colorful blue and green hallway to the gym on the left that will have a blue DBSA banner on the door.  Contact is Michelle Mudge-Davis at (303) 881-1506 and by email at dbsanorthstar@gmail.com.

Finding your support group on location

There will be brightly colored signs posted on the church door and along the path to the meeting room.  Please make a name tag when you arrive to help us remember each other's name.

What to Expect

Meetings are facilitated by peer volunteers that have been trained, but are not professionals.  Their role is primarily to make sure meeting guidelines are followed and time is equally allocated.  These meetings are not a replacement for therapy or other treatments.  We are not affiliated with any religious organization and are free of charge although donations are gratefully accepted. We welcome cultural, linguistic, social, racial, gender, and all other identities and we promote their inclusion. This is a casual, low key, time of conversation on topics you bring to the meeting.  We recognize life can be hectic and coming for the first time can take great courage so it is okay to arrive late, just listen, and leave early.  For the Broomfield meeting note you will need to ring the doorbell after 6:40pm.

A typical meeting starts with us sitting in small circle of chairs.  We start by reading a welcome message, meeting description, and guidelines we follow.  The guidelines can be summarized as being respectful and not telling others what to do.  Then people "check in" if they want, with their first name, diagnosis and date, how they are doing on a scale of 1-10, and if there is a topic they want to discuss.  A topic can be a question, a need to vent, or anything else.  To protect participant privacy, and honor the basic guideline "what is said here stays here", meeting facilitators will only write down suggested topics with no identifiers. Participants are asked to seek permission before writing anything down, and limit that to resources and referrals. While we at times discuss suicidal ideation, we are not equipped for immediate crisis and disallow describing specifics.  Then we jump into conversation on those topics identified and new ones that come up.  At the end we make sure everyone feels okay to go home.