Welcome to DBSA Middlesex County

We are a mood-disorder self-help support group affiliated with the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA). The mission of DBSA is to improve the lives of people living with a mood disorder, and their loved ones.

People who are living with depression or bipolar disorder (manic depression), and their families and friends, are welcome. Our goal is to help our support group participants towards wellness.

Peer Group Meetings (Family and Friends Welcome) – Middlesex County

Monday Group Meeting
When: Every Monday from 7:30 PM to 9:15 PM.
Where: First Presbyterian Church of Metuchen, 270 Woodbridge Avenue, Room 208.
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Our meeting rooms are on the second floor. If you are unable to use the stairs, call Yvette at 732 397-2192 a week ahead and we can probably arrange for a support group meeting to be held on the first floor.

Friday Group Meeting
When: Every Friday from 7:30 p.m. to 9:15 p.m.
Where: Robert Wood Johnson Hospital in New Brunswick, NJ (Auditorium of Main Hospital).
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Family and Friends Group Meeting  – Middlesex County
When: Second Monday of the month from 7:30 PM to 9:15 PM.
Where: First Presbyterian Church of Metuchen, 270 Woodbridge Avenue, Room 208.
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This peer lead support group is for family members and friends who are supporting an adult or teen with a mental illness. Come learn from other group members about what you can do for yourself and your relative or friend, and how to cope with your  situation and your feelings. For additional information, contact Donna by phone at 732-527-9764 after 5 PM or via e-mail at

Our groups and meetings are:

  • led by trained facilitators who are peers, that is, individuals with a mood disorder
  • open to family and friends with or without the person living with a disorder
  • intended for persons 18 years and older (call ahead if you wish to bring a minor)
  • an empowering experience that is free of charge with no pre-registration required
  • NOT a therapy group ; we do NOT give professional advice, but we DO share mutual experiences to educate and support each other.

There is hope. People living with a mood disorder can be helped by medication and/or therapy. Many people so affected lead normal lives, and participate in our support group to help others. Support groups help during recovery. “You are not alone, we can help”.

About Depression & Mania

  • Common possible symptoms of depression include:
    • Decreased or increased sleeping
    • Loss of energy and motivation
    • Exaggerated feelings of guilt
    • Unexplained aches and pains or ailments
    • Inappropriate or exaggerated feelings of sadness, hopelessness, anxiety, impending disaster or doom
  • Common possible symptoms of mania include:
    • Impaired judgment
    • High energy level and increased activity/talking
    • Significant decrease in sleeping
    • Inflated self esteem (grandiosity)
    • Extreme irritability and/or restlessness
  • Other symptoms are possible. No one symptom determines the disorder. A psychiatrist or psycho pharmacologist should be consulted for an evaluation.
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