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Support Groups

Need someone to talk to—someone who understands what it’s like to deal with depression? Joining a support group could be just the ticket to finding the people who understand what you're experiencing.

  • Join Depression Connections
    Find support, advice and friends who've been through the cycle of depression--and understand what you're going through.
    A guy-friendly site for men suffering from depression, bipolar disorder, seasonal affective disorder, irritable male syndrome and other mood disorders, as well as their loved ones.
  • Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
    Local DBSA chapters offer peer-run support groups as well as other services such as educational sessions, newsletters, lending libraries and special events.
  • What You Need to Know Before Joining an Online Support Group
    Deborah Gray, who runs an online depression forum, explains what you should watch out for to stay safe and get the most help from online support groups.
  • Support In Your Pajamas: The Benefits of Online Support Groups
    Online support groups offers the advantages of a support group in the comfort of your home. Deborah Gray explains how an online support group could help.
    A site dedicated to providing connections for patients with mood disorders, featuring several peer-to-peer options such as an IM link, live chat, journals and links to local mental health facilities and providers.
  • Mixed Nuts Depression Forum
    A depression community with chat, message boards and information on depression, depressive disorders, bipolar disorder, manic depression, medications, side effects and treatments.
  • Dr. John Grohol’s Psych Central
    A list of Web-based depression communities
    Features chat rooms, hosted support groups, online journals, psychological tests, mental health news, videos and a radio show.
  • Befrienders Worldwide
    Suicide-focused site featuring warning sign information and a worldwide hotline directory.