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Program Name: Depression Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) Asheville - Magnetic Minds
Agency Name: Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
Year the Program was Started: 1997
Address: 1316-C Parkwood Rd
Asheville, NC 28806
Telephone #: (828) 367-7660
Email Address: magneticminds.dbsa@gmail.com
Website URL: MagneticMinds.weebly.com
Program Category: Peer Support, Support Group
Target Participants:
Young Adults, Adults, Older Adults, Other
Program Setting:
Outpatient psychiatric treatment facility
Annual Program Budget: Under $10,000
Number of staff: Paid Full-Time: None
Paid Part-Time: None
Volunteers: 10-20
Consumer involvement in the program
Number of staff members and volunteers who are consumers: All
How often do consumer staff and volunteers participate in program decisions? Always
Number of administrators or board members who are consumers: All
Program Training/ Technical Assistance Materials Available: Training curricula, Individual training, Guides/Manuals, Website
Cost for materials? No
Program Goals: Depression Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) Asheville - Magnetic Minds provides self-help through FREE peer-facilitated, twice weekly support group meetings offering acceptance, info, techniques to manage challenges, socialization etc. for consumers who live with Depression or Bipolar Disorder. Family members and other support people also welcome to attend.
Have any outcomes for this program been assessed through internal or external research? Yes
If Yes, details: We conduct a twice-yearly survey for feedback.
Program Mission Statement: The mission of DBSA Asheville - Magnetic Minds is to provide a forum where hope, support and acceptance helps members who have mood disorders and their supporters in their journey toward wellness and recovery. We are a consumer-led, voluntary organization and a registered non-profit in the state of NC.
Additional Information: DBSA Asheville – Magnetic Minds is a peer-led, self-help support group that meets twice weekly. Group members are either diagnosed with Depression or Bipolar Disorder or are support people of those who have a mood disorder. We strive to provide a chance to help ourselves and others through supportive communication, mutual exchange of information/ideas and a sense of belonging. Members may benefit and feel relief from others who have “been there” as well as give and receive feedback. There is a sharing of experiences, challenges, and solutions. Also, DBSA Asheville - Magnetic Minds provides a place where members can learn to ask for help and support. We are NOT a therapy group; therefore the group does not function to solve deeper issues and members who are in crisis will be guided to contact credentialed professionals. We meet twice weekly, Wednesdays 7-9pm and Saturdays 4-6pm. MagneticMinds.weebly.com

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