In 2007 a small group of individuals in the San Fernando Valley shared a vision of helping others struggling with anxiety, depression, and bipolar disorders. So they decided to start a support group to help others having the same issues.
Having struggled with these disorders themselves, they understood the importance of connecting with other like-minded individuals and discussing and sharing their struggles with people who understood what they were going through.
They started a chapter of the National Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) in the San Fernando Valley, known initially as DBSA Northridge.
What began as a small group has now grown to multiple support groups and chapters throughout Los Angeles. Thousands of individuals have greatly benefited from these support groups.
DBSA support groups are the only free support groups of their kind. The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance have over 200 chapters and more than 600 support groups throughout the United States.
Our community is a diversified group of highly intellectual and talented individuals. We strive for cultural diversity and inclusion. Depression and Anxiety do not discriminate.
We are an all-volunteer nonprofit (501 C) organization governed by a volunteer Board of Directors.
DBSA Northridge was also responsible for establishing a peer program for NAMI San Fernando Valley, which has provided additional opportunities for our peers, friends, and family. Visit
for their programs and events. Many of our members have participated in various NAMI events, including speaking engagements through NAMI's In Our Voice Program. Peer to Peer Programs, Friends and Family Programs, and so much more.
DBSA is recognized by clinicians and organizations throughout the region, serving the mental health community.
Shared ownership in our groups is encouraged, and all members' responsibility is to make our support groups work for everyone.
DBSA support groups are safe and confidential places to share. What is said here stays here.