The Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance (D.B.S.A.) of Greater St. Louis was founded in November 1980 by Dolores and Dan Segal. The Segals were driven by a desire to reach out and provide assistance to others who, like Dan, were affected by bipolar disorder. As the Segals learned more about depression and bipolar disorder, they recognized the great importance of moral support from family, friends, and mental health professionals in the successful treatment of mental illness. Consequently they formed one of the area’s first support groups with the intent of providing an empathetic and recovery-minded atmosphere for individuals with depression and bipolar disorder.
Thirty-five years later, the D.B.S.A. of Greater St. Louis continues to operate self-help groups in the St. Louis metropolitan area. These consumer-driven groups have assisted thousands of people by engendering within them a sense of compassionate community. While our mission has nominally been limited to providing self-help and mutual assistance to individuals with affective disorders, these groups have always been open to any mental health consumer capable of participating in the group process.