Depression And Bipolar
Support Alliance
Bloomington, Indiana

Disclaimer Statement:
This is an information page only.
If you or someone you know are thinking of suicide,
call 1-800-273-TALK(8255).
We DO NOT provide crisis intervention or counseling services.

Local Meeting Information

When:  Every First and Third Thursday at 7:00 PM (except Holidays)

St. Mark’s United Methodist Church
Room 8
(check for room change)
100 N State Rd 46 By-Pass
Bloomington, IN 47408
(Just North of CVS Pharmacy)

Purpose of group:  To provide opportunity for sharing and support.

Directions and Information about DBSA Group: We are an official group of the national Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance. We are a support group, not a therapy group. The group is very diverse with people of all ages, 18 to 90 something, and the “members” are very welcoming to new people. The group is for the "consumer", but we often have a family member attending, and the group "members" are very okay with that. The only strong rule is: CONFIDENTIALITY. We meet on the first and third Thursday nights of each month, except on holidays. Our meeting place is:

St. Mark’s United Methodist Church
Room 8
100 N. State Rd 46 ByPass
Bloomington, Indiana 47408
(Just north of CVS Pharmacy near the College Mall)

If you enter the church from the main parking lot to the south facing toward the College Mall, pass the first hall, Room 8 is the first room on your left. We never start early, but it is fine to come late and/or leave early.

Contact person: Valerie Markley Phone: (812) 332-7164 Email:

Mission Statement
DBSA provides hope, help, support and education
to improve the lives of people with mood disorders.

General Information

National Crisis Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

The National DBSA Contact:
There are over 1000 groups (groups in every sttate and several other countries).

Mental Health America is the oldest nonprofit advocacy group for advancing mental health
with affiliates in every state.
National Contact:
Mental Health America of Indiana:
Mental Health America of Monroe Co. Indiana:

National Alliance for Mental Illness:
NAMI Greater Bloomington Area:
From its inception in 1979, NAMI has been dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness. NAMI is a nonprofit, grassroots, self help support and advocacy organization of consumers, families, & friends of the mentally ill. (More than 1000 U.S. affiliates)

Some Pointers for People Living with Mood Disorders

Be your own best advocate.
Educate yourself thoroughly on your disorder and the treatment.
Learn the actions and potential side effects of your medications.
Collaborate with and be honest with your providers.
Follow your treatment regime.
Take prescribed medication as ordered.
Keep all therapy appointments.
Keep running list of questions for your provider visits.
Keep a record of all your medications, dosages, and any side effects.
Keep a regular sleep schedule.
Maintain a regular schedule of activities.
Keep a journal of your moods and feelings.
Eat a healthy diet and drink adequate healthy liquids.
Avoid alcohol and substances.
Engage in regular exercise.
Participate in self help.
Attend a self help, peer support group.
Read books, materials, and website information to expand your understanding.
Reach out to supportive family and friends.
Make a plan for what to do in an emergency.
Have a list of provider and personal numbers to call.
Practice relaxation techniques.
Nourish your own spirituality.
Maintain good dental hygiene.
Take part in positive activities with others.
Plan recreation and fun activities.
Have music you love available.
Be realistic in your expectations of yourself and others.
Be generous with forgiveness for others and self.
Keep a list of your accomplishments.
In order to help yourself, you have to help others.
Kindness, small acts of thoughtfulness can help one connect with the world, expand emotionally, and improve others’ lives and one’s own.

Markley, V.N. (2013). Mood Disorders. In P. O'Brien, W. Kennedy, & K. Ballard (Eds.),
Psychiatric mental health nursing: An introduction to theory and
, 2nd ed.(pp. 400-439) Boston: Jones and Bartlett
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