Depression Support Group

MHA's DBSA is an independent affiliate of the National DBSA, which is the largest support organization in the nation devoted exclusively to mood disorders.  The support group is mediated by a MHA employee/volunteer and run by the peers and their families.

  • Brantley's Group which has been meeting for years and invites new members to join them.  The group meets the 2nd and 4th Thursdays from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at the MHA Office, 1408 5th Avenue SE in Decatur.
  • Stage 2 & Coping is a NEW group for those age 19 - 40 who are experiencing depression and anxiety that has been triggered by life changes and stressors and may be new to medication management of symptoms.  The group meets the 4th Tuesday each month from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. at the MHA Office, 1408 5th Avenue SE in Decatur.

Some meetings are for discussion and sharing, and others are educational with a speaker on a particular topic. The support is free and open to adults. A family member or friend may come with them. This is a support group not a therapy group. It is not led by a licensed mental health professional and does not replace professional treatment from a psychiatrist or therapist.

For more information, call 256-353-1160 or email


DBSA Support Group Guidelines

  • Share the air.
  • Everyone who wishes to share has an opportunity to do so. No one person should monopolize group time.
  • One person speaks at a time.
  • Each person should be allowed to speak free from interruption and side conversations.
  • What is said here stays here. This is the essential principle of confidentiality and MUST be respected by all.
  • Differences of opinion are o.k.
  • We are ALL entitled to our own point of view.
  • We are all equal.
  • Accept cultural, linguistic, social and racial differences and promote their acceptance.
  • Use “I” language.
  • Because we do not participate in support groups as credentialed professionals, we do not INSTRUCT or ADVISE. We, however, do share from our own personal experiences. We are unique individuals, and only we know what is best for our own health (along with our doctor’s recommendations).
  • It’s o.k. not to share.
  • People do not have to share if they do not wish to.
  • It’s everyone’s responsibility to make the discussion group a safe place to share.

We respect confidentiality, treat each other with respect and kindness, and show compassion. From: www. 1-800-826-3632