DBSA-OC Resource Center: (714) 744-8718
The site was last updated on 2019-04-03.
Welcome to the website for the Orange County, California chapter of the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA-OC). For more than 30 years, we have been helping those with mood disorders and their families navigate the ups and downs of life.
2019-03-31: The April, May and June, 2019, educational meeting information has been updated.
2019-01-10: Two new support group meetings have been added on Fridays at Mariner's Church in Irvine: a Chinese speaking group and a Patients and Family group.
Mission Statement: The mission of the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) is to provide hope, help, and support to improve the lives of people living with depression or bipolar disorder. DBSA pursues and accomplishes this mission through peer-based, recovery-oriented, empowering services and resources when people want them, where they want them, and how they want them.
Chapter Services: Our chapter, DBSA-OC, offers the following services:
Further Information About DBSA: DBSA is the leading patient-directed, national organization focusing on the most prevalent mental illnesses and mood disorders. The organization fosters an environment of understanding about the impact and management of these life-threatening illnesses by providing up-to-date, scientifically-based tools and information written for the general public. DBSA supports research to promote more timely diagnoses and develop more effective and tolerable treatments. The organization works to ensure that people living with mood disorders are treated equitably.
Further Information About DBSA-OC: DBSA-OC initiated in the summer of 1983 in the form of a small outpatient peer support group hosted by St. Joseph Hospital in Orange, California and initially facilitated by Dr. Himasiri De Silva, a nationally recognized expert on treating bipolar disorder. The original five core members of that group went on to become self-facilitating and formed the Orange County Chapter of the National Manic-Depressive Association with Dr. De Silva as our chief medical advisor. The Orange County Chapter went on to incorporate as a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization under the corporate name: Manic-Depressive Association of Orange County, Inc. a California nonprofit corporation.
The organization has since developed into the county's premier information and educational resource for people living with mood disorders. Today we operate as the DBSA Orange County Chapter affiliate of the National DBSA (Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance).
Still under Dr. De Silva's leadership, DBSA-OC has touched the lives of thousands of patients, their families and the general public through support groups, monthly educational meetings, quarterly newsletters, a staffed resource center with a lending library and ever increasing visibility in the community. The chapter now runs many support groups throughout Orange County that serve patients and family members as well as the under-served dual diagnosis, Vietnamese and Spanish speaking communities.