Reflections from a visitor Paper writen by a student who visited the group.

What To Expect

Kristin Finn and Jeff Rasche, our peer-led facilitators begin each meeting by reviewing the "ground rules". The Icebreaker follows. Examples are: “Share something inspirational”, “What are some things you do to decrease depression or mania?”, or “What is your favorite book or movie?”

We then introduce ouselves and share if we have depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, ADHD, and/or ADD, or if we’re here to support someone who does. Feel free to join in the Icebreaker or pass.

Next we move on to our topic led by Kristin and Jeff. One of our goals is to meet you where you’re at. You may want to actively participate or sit back and listen.

If you have something on your mind that you want to talk about, or if you’d like to receive input from the group, we’re flexable. Simply raise your hand and share. We are continually learning and growing from each other.

Every meeting is different. You’ll find that some will pertain to you more than others. Feel free to suggest future topics. This is your support group.

Occasionally we show movies or have guest speakers who focus on depression and/or bipolar disorder.


Explore some past or future topics.

-Strategies to manage depression and bipolar disorder

-How to decrease anxiety

-Insight and tips for those who support loved ones with depression and bipolar disorder

-The importance of maintaining a schedule

-Keeping a journal or mood chart to decrease symptoms

-Stress and the holidays

-Open meeting: the group members can talk about what’s on their minds in a supportive and confidential setting

-Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

-The physical aspects of depression and bipoar disorder...a succinct way to explain them to others

-Mood disorders and sleep

-Medications to treat depression and bipoar disorder

-Stress Management

-Bipolar disorder and pregnancy

-Disclosing our mood disorder to others

For additional information contact Rick Beerhorst
Phone: 616-325-0200
Kristin Finn 
Phone: 616-365-1853



Nervous about coming to a meeting?

Join the club! I think everyone’s nervous the first time they come to a DBSA meeting.

Refer to the “See What To Expect At A Meeting” link.

You’re not alone, we’re here to help. It’s comforting knowing that others “get us."


-Network 180 (Resource, Links)
-NAMI Support Group
-Forest View Hospital 
-Pine Rest (Mental Health Education, Related Health Links)
-Bipolar Disorder and Pregnancy
-Eastminster Presbyterian Church (Meeting Location)