Welcome to DBSA Morristown Area

We are a self-help support group affiliated since 1986 with the highly respected Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance. DBSA is in almost all states. We were New Jersey’s first. 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 Support Groups

DBSA (Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance) support groups are non-judgmental peer-support forums for people with mood disorders, family members, friends and others interested in supporting people living with mood disorders. Meetings are led by trained volunteer facilitators who also have mood disorders. Our support group meeting and lectures are handicap accessible.

The Ivan K Goldberg MD Memorial Lecture Series

Education is vital. We offer monthly lectures, usually on the last Wednesday of the month, by mental health professions to help you on your path to wellness. Please see our schedule.

Since April 2020, our interactive lectures have been held online using Zoom.

Our next lecture will be on August 26, 2020 at 7:30 PM with Debi Roelke, Ph.D. Dr. Roelke will present What’s Freud Got To Do With It? Thoughts on How Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Can Contribute to Treatments for Depression and Bipolar Disorder.

Dr. Debi Roelke is a psychologist and psychoanalyst with an office in Morristown. She uses psychotherapy to work with individual adults presenting a variety of difficulties, including mood disorders, anxiety disorders and relational trauma. She also works with children ages 3 to 18 and their families on emotional and behavioral problems including depression and anxiety. Dr. Roelke is the Director of the Center for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, an institute for postgraduate training and continuing education in depth-oriented psychotherapy approaches.

DBSA Morristown Area is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

This link will bring you into the virtual lecture at the scheduled time. You can also join by going to https://zoom.us/join and enter the lecture by typing in meeting ID 852 4407 3252 and password 051247. Or join by telephone at 1-646-876-9923 using the above meeting ID and password. When prompted for a Participant ID, press #.

Morristown Meetings
NOTICE: Peer Group meetings are cancelled until further notice due to the coronavirus outbreak. You may instead participate in our virtual support group meetings as follows.

Meetings are Tuesdays at 7:30 PM on Zoom (https://zoom.us/join).
Meeting ID: 249 928 2511
Password: 734024
You can also participate by telephone. Call 1-646-558-8656 using the above Meeting ID and Password.
(Updated July 6, 2020 with current Zoom meeting ID)

Peer Support Group
When: Tuesdays from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM.
Where: Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Rd, Morristown, NJ 07960
Helpful Information: Directions | View Map  | Lecture Series | NewsLinks

Young Adults Group – Ages 18-25
When: Tuesdays from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM.
Where: Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Rd, Morristown, NJ 07960
Helpful Information: Directions | View Map | Lecture Series | News | Links

These weekly meetings are for anyone with a mood disorder; family and friends are welcome to attend as well. Call 917-723-2258 after 6pm during hazardous weather to check if meeting is cancelled. DBSA group meetings are free of charge. A voluntary donation to cover various literature, mailing and rent costs for the group is, of course, always appreciated. For information, please call 973-994-1143.

Our groups and meetings are:

We are a self-help support group affiliated since 1986 with the highly respected Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance. DBSA is in almost all states. We were New Jersey’s first. 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 Support Groups

DBSA (Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance) support groups are non-judgmental peer-support forums for people with mood disorders, family members, friends and others interested in supporting people living with mood disorders. Meetings are led by trained volunteer facilitators who also have mood disorders. Our support group meeting and lectures are handicap accessible.

The Ivan K Goldberg MD Memorial Lecture Series

Education is vital. We offer monthly lectures, usually on the last Wednesday of the month, by mental health professions to help you on your path to wellness. Please see our schedule.

Since April 2020, our interactive lectures have been held online using Zoom.

Our next lecture will be on July 29, 2020 at 7:30 PM with Bill Lichtenstein.

In 1986, while working as an award-winning producer of investigative stories for ABC News and producer of the ABC-TV show of the columnist Jimmy Breslin, Bill Lichtenstein found his life unwinding over a three week period.  Diagnosed with manic depression, he was able to find treatment for the illness, but the stigma was overwhelming, leading him to deny the illness and avoid care.  Three years later, he finally took treatment seriously and began a path to recovery that included producing public radio (“Voices of an Illness” and “The Infinite Mind” series) and television programs and documentary films (“West 47th Street” and “Back from the Edge”) that for the first time featured those who had recovered from serious mental illness — telling their own stories in their own words. Recipient of more than 60 print and broadcast journalism awards for his work, Bill first spoke at DBSA Morristown in 1993 til he moved to the Boston area and returns for this special talk and discussion.

This link will bring you into the virtual lecture at the scheduled time. You can also join by going to https://zoom.us/join and enter the lecture by typing in meeting ID 852 4407 3252 and password 051247. Or join by telephone at 1-646-876-9923 using the above meeting ID and password. When prompted for a Participant ID, press #.

Morristown Meetings
NOTICE: Peer Group meetings are cancelled until further notice due to the coronavirus outbreak. You may instead participate in our virtual support group meetings as follows.

Meetings are Tuesdays at 7:30 PM on Zoom.
Meeting ID: 812 3817 1192
Password: 151429
You can also participate by telephone. Call 1-646-558-8656 using the above Meeting ID and Password.
(Updated June 29, 2020 with new Zoom meeting ID)

Peer Support Group
When: Tuesdays from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM.
Where: Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Rd, Morristown, NJ 07960
Helpful Information: Directions | View Map  | Lecture Series | NewsLinks

Young Adults Group – Ages 18-25
When: Tuesdays from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM.
Where: Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Rd, Morristown, NJ 07960
Helpful Information: Directions | View Map | Lecture Series | News | Links

These weekly meetings are for anyone with a mood disorder; family and friends are welcome to attend as well. Call 917-723-2258 after 6pm during hazardous weather to check if meeting is cancelled. DBSA group meetings are free of charge. A voluntary donation to cover various literature, mailing and rent costs for the group is, of course, always appreciated. For information, please call 973-994-1143.

Our groups and meetings are:

We are a self-help support group affiliated since 1986 with the highly respected Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance. DBSA is in almost all states. We were New Jersey’s first. 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 Support Groups

DBSA (Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance) support groups are non-judgmental peer-support forums for people with mood disorders, family members, friends and others interested in supporting people living with mood disorders. Meetings are led by trained volunteer facilitators who also have mood disorders. Our support group meeting and lectures are handicap accessible.

The Ivan K Goldberg MD Memorial Lecture Series

Education is vital. We offer monthly lectures, usually on the last Wednesday of the month, by mental health professions to help you on your path to wellness. Please see our schedule.

Since April 2020, our interactive lectures have been held online using Zoom.

Our next lecture will be on July 29, 2020 at 7:30 PM with Bill Lichtenstein.

In 1986, while working as an award-winning producer of investigative stories for ABC News and producer of the ABC-TV show of the columnist Jimmy Breslin, Bill Lichtenstein found his life unwinding over a three week period.  Diagnosed with manic depression, he was able to find treatment for the illness, but the stigma was overwhelming, leading him to deny the illness and avoid care.  Three years later, he finally took treatment seriously and began a path to recovery that included producing public radio (“Voices of an Illness” and “The Infinite Mind” series) and television programs and documentary films (“West 47th Street” and “Back from the Edge”) that for the first time featured those who had recovered from serious mental illness — telling their own stories in their own words. Recipient of more than 60 print and broadcast journalism awards for his work, Bill first spoke at DBSA Morristown in 1993 til he moved to the Boston area and returns for this special talk and discussion.

This link will bring you into the virtual lecture at the scheduled time. You can also join by going to https://zoom.us/join and enter the lecture by typing in meeting ID 852 4407 3252 and password 051247. Or join by telephone at 1-646-876-9923 using the above meeting ID and password. When prompted for a Participant ID, press #.

Morristown Meetings
NOTICE: Peer Group meetings are cancelled until further notice due to the coronavirus outbreak. You may instead participate in our virtual support group meetings as follows.

Meetings are Tuesdays at 7:30 PM on Zoom.
Meeting ID: 812 3817 1192
Password: 151429
You can also participate by telephone. Call 1-646-558-8656 using the above Meeting ID and Password.
(Updated June 29, 2020 with new Zoom meeting ID)

Peer Support Group
When: Tuesdays from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM.
Where: Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Rd, Morristown, NJ 07960
Helpful Information: Directions | View Map  | Lecture Series | NewsLinks

Young Adults Group – Ages 18-25
When: Tuesdays from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM.
Where: Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Rd, Morristown, NJ 07960
Helpful Information: Directions | View Map | Lecture Series | News | Links

These weekly meetings are for anyone with a mood disorder; family and friends are welcome to attend as well. Call 917-723-2258 after 6pm during hazardous weather to check if meeting is cancelled. DBSA group meetings are free of charge. A voluntary donation to cover various literature, mailing and rent costs for the group is, of course, always appreciated. For information, please call 973-994-1143.

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.
  • 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.