Family and Loved Ones Support Group
This group is for family and loved ones of those diagnosed with Depression or Bipolar Disorder.
Those diagnosed with Depression or Bipolar Disorder may attend our other peer support groups.
DBSA NCA sponsors a twice monthly family and loved ones support group meeting in Rockville:
First & Third Wednesdays at 7:30 pm
St. Raphael Catholic Church
1513 Dunster Road
Rockville, MD 20854
From Points South: Take Rockville Pike north. Once you reach Old Georgetown Road, be prepared to take the next off ramp onto Montrose Parkway. After exiting, stay in the far left lane and the turn left. You will go under the underpass and continue on Montrose for 3.6 miles. Please note that Montrose Parkway will become Montrose Road. At Falls Road, turn right and travel another 0.5 miles until you reach Dunster Road. Turn right onto Dunster and the church will be on your right. Enter by the flagpole.
From Points North: Take 270 south and then use exit 4B – Montrose Road West. Stay in the left lane and then follow Montrose Road for approximately 1.2 miles until you reach Falls Road. You will then turn right and travel another 0.5 miles until you reach Dunster Road. Turn right onto Dunster and the church will be on your right. Enter by the flagpole.
Metro: From the Rockville Metro Station, board Metrobus T2 towards Friendship Heights. Remain on the bus 12 stops until you reach Falls Road & Falls Chapel Road. Disembark the bus and walk to the light where Dunster Road intersects Falls Road. Turn left and walk about 5 minutes until you reach the church on the right. Enter by the flagpole.
SUPPORT GROUP SHARING GUIDELINES
please ask your facilitator if you have questions.
We are a support group for friends and family member of those diagnosed with Depression or Bipolar Disorder.
SHARE THE AIR:
We want everyone to have the opportunity to share. Time is limited, so we ask that everyone be respectful of other participants’ share-time needs. The facilitator may sometimes need to respectfully and gently interrupt participants to put closure on their share, to ensure there is enough time for everyone to share.
We recognize that we often benefit as much by supporting others, as we do by receiving support.
ONE PERSON SHARES AT A TIME:
Each person will be allowed to share without interruptions or 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 OK:
We are all entitled to our own point of view; and we can agree to disagree.
WE ARE ALL EQUAL:
Accept cultural, language, social and racial differences and promote their acceptance.
USE “I” STATEMENTS:
Because we do not participate in support groups as credentialed professionals, we do not instruct or advise. Please refrain from making “You Should” statements. We are unique individuals, and only we know what is best for our own health (along with our doctor’s and therapist’s recommendations). We share from our own personal experiences with “I” statements. Example: “In my experience, I have found…” “I feel hurt when you say…”
IT’S OK NOT TO SHARE:
Participants do not have to share if they do not wish to.
It’s everyone’s responsibility to make the discussion groups a safe place to share:
We respect confidentiality, treat each other with respect and kindness and show compassion.