Depression Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) Central New York (CNY) - Adult Support Groups
Depression Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA)Central New York (CNY) - Adult Support Groups

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Depression Bipolar Support Alliance

Central New York

Adult Support Groups



Phone: 315-428-9366

             315- 218-0805


Group Meets at:


AccessCNY Formerly:

Transitional Living Services

420 East Genesee Street

Syracuse, NY 13202


Group starts at 6:15 PM and ends at 8:00 PM Every Tuesday night.


Email Us At:






Are you feeling suicidal?


Suicide & Crisis Hotline

(315) 251-0600


Youth Emergency Services

(315) 463-1100



This is an informational website and is not intended to take the place of trained psychiatrists, psychologists, physicians or therapist. The group is not affiliated with AccessCNY/Formerly TLS. However we appreciate them allowing us to use there faculties. Group  facilitators are not mental health care professionals and you should continue your treatment plan with your current mental health care provider.

Central New York, New York Region






We want you to feel comfortable when you come to one of our meetings, so let us tell you about the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance of the Central New York region.

Our local support groups are made up of people who experience symptoms of depression or bipolar disorder (formerly known as manic depression) and their supporters. We have been meeting in the Central New York area since 2000. We find strength in sharing our experiences.



Our main purpose is to create a safe environment to share our experiences and offer support to each other. We provide educational information and offer peer support. We advocate for people with all forms of mental illnesses to increase acceptance, promote general understanding, and reduce stigma.


National DBSA

Our meetings are independent affiliates of the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. For more information or free literature, call DBSA headquarters at 1-800-826-3632 or visit DBSA on the web:


Medical Advice/Advisors

We are a peer to peer group, we do not offer medical advice. Rather, we encourage those who attend our meetings to seek medical attention from qualified mental health professionals who can offer a plan of treatment. Many hospitals, doctors, therapists and clinics refer people to our support groups as a supplement to medical care. Our support groups are not “group therapy” and we do not follow a 12 step program. Rather, our support groups are led by peers who guide the group in a format that allows those who come to the group to share with and learn from each other. Our groups each have a medical advisor who can be contacted to answer questions. If you want to speak to one of our medical advisors, ask one of the facilitators for the evening for the contact information.



Our meetings are free and there is no membership fee to be a member. We do, however, pass a basket and ask for a voluntary donation to pay for meeting brochures, our website, and other expenses. 


In general, our support groups follow this format:

  • Welcome (general information about DBSA)
  • Announcements and/or educational presentation
  • Support Group (we often divide into smaller groups)
  • Individual sharing


We strive to create an environment for people to feel safe to share deeply private experiences, so whatever is shared must be kept confidential. We show respect by paying attention without interrupting, cross-examining, or carrying on side conversations when someone is sharing. We try to give everyone time to share (without monopolizing) and we care for each other by responding with compassion,

recognizing that each person's experience is unique.



Our facilitators are peers who have been trained to follow our National Association's guidelines to lead meetings. They receive ongoing support. They are all volunteers.


Keep Coming Back

You have taken a big step. It may take a while to become comfortable with the group, but keep an open mind. We care about you and we encourage you to let us know if we can help in any way. Please talk with one of the facilitators after the meeting if you have any questions or concerns.

Stick with us and remember, “You are not alone!”


This is the website for the DEPRESSION AND BIPOLAR SUPPORT ALLIANCE. This Support Group is to help those with Depression and Bipolar Disorder. We are people helping other people who suffer from these illnesses.


We have cooperation from the The Depression and Bi-Polar Support Alliance (DBSA) based out of Chicago .


We have no hidden program, nothing to sell, nothing to advertise. You will not be obligated to pay dues or membership fees. These are free support groups. Donations are accepted


  • Gives you the opportunity to reach out to others and benefit from the experience of those who have “been there.”
  • Motivate you to follow your treatment plan.
  • Help you understand that a mood disorder does not define who you are.
  • Help you rediscover strengths and humor you may have thought you had lost.
  • Provide a forum for mutual acceptance, understanding and self-discovery.

Remember, support groups are not a substitute for professional care. DBSA chapters and support groups do not endorse or recommend the use of any specific treatment or medication. For advice about specific treatment or medication, individuals should consult their physicians and/or mental health professionals.


Our goals as a DBSA Chapter are :

  • Help people successfully manage their disorder.
  • Provide emotional support and the wisdom of experience to patients, families and friends.
  • Build self-esteem and empower participants to actively improve their life, and the lives of others affected by depression or bipolar disorder.
  • Eliminate discrimination and stigma related to depression and bipolar disorder.
  • Reach all individuals in the community affected by depression or bipolar disorder with opportunities for support and empowerment.
  • Educate chapter participants and the public-through programs and resources-about mood disorders.
  • Help participants rediscover strength and humor they may have felt they lost.

We are not health care professionals, nor are we a crisis center (we can and will provide information about crisis services to those in need).  We do not advocate a particular treatment or service provider.  Each of us is the authority on what we need.

Remember, together we know more than one of us alone!



Entrance and free parking


at the rear of AccessCNY/TLS Building


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