Our Story

DBSA Northridge was founded in 2007 by a small group of individuals with a shared vision of helping others struggling with depression and bipolar disorder. Having experienced these disorders themselves they understood the importance of connecting and being able to discuss their struggles with like-minded individuals that could understand what they were going through.
Our community is a group of highly intellectual and talented individuals. We come for ourselves but we're here for each other. 
DBSA Northridge is the only support group of its kind in the San Fernando, Santa Clarita, and Simi Valleys. What began as a small group meeting out of Northridge Hospital has now grown to 5 support groups throughout the San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valleys. Hundreds if not thousands of individuals have benefited from these support groups.
DBSA Northridge is an all-volunteer nonprofit (501 C) organization governed by a volunteer Board of Directors.  We are constantly looking to empower our membership through volunteer opportunities such as facilitating support group meetings and serving on various committees.
DBSA Northridge has also worked with NAMI San Fernando Valley providing additional opportunities for consumers such as attending NAMI peer to peer classes. Many of our members engage in speaking engagements to through NAMI's In Our Own Voice Programs.
DBSA Northridge is recognized by clinicians and organizations throughout the region serving the mental health community.
Shared ownership in DBSA Northridge is not only encouraged but is the responsibility of all members to make our support groups work for everyone.
The Mission of the Northridge Depression, Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) is to provide support and assistance to people living with Bipolar, Depression or related disorders.
Providing peer based support, empowering educational materials, organized meetings and various peer to peer classes are some of the methods used to empower those who want to better understand and manage the disorders they have.
DBSA Northridge provides a safe, confidential environment where people can meet, have discussions with like minded individuals who understand where we have been and can relate and share the positive and negative outcomes regarding individual paths taken on the road to recovery.
Family members and friends of those struggling with these disorders are welcome to participate in learning how to understand the trials and tribulations of those who struggle with these disorders.
We are here to help others in order to help ourselves.

"Mental health recovery is a journey of healing and transformation enabling a person with a mental health problem to live a meaningful life in a community of his or her choice while striving to achieve his or her full potential."

Mission & Meaning

Who we are.
We are a Chapter of the National Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance serving the Greater San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valleys
What we are.
We are a caring group of intelligent and talanted indivdivuals (peers) who hold open, free support group meetings and offer a variety of written information. Our focus in on self-help which is offered in a safe, accepting, nonjudgmental and confidential peer to peer enviroment. Snacks are provided.
What we are not.
We are not a substitute for therapy or professional treatment, we are not a place to recive a diagnosis or a 12 step program.
Why do we meet?
We meet to mprove the lives of people living with mood disorders such as Major Depression Disorder (MDD), Bipolar Disorder (BD), General Anxiety Disorder (GAD), and Seasonal Effective Disorder (SAD) and to support each other in our quest toward recovery and managing these disorders.
How much does it cost?
Meetings are FREE and open to those affected with a mood disorder as well as their family and friends.
“The only thing more exhausting than having a mental illness is pretending like you don’t.”