1. What is said here stays here. This is the essential principle of confidentiality and must be respected by all.

  1. Raise your hand and wait your turn to be called upon. No one person should monopolize group time.
  2. It’s everyone’s responsibility to make the discussion groups a safe place to share. We treat one another with respect and kindness, and show compassion.
  3. Use “I” language, that is, speak from your own experience. Do not give advice unless asked to do so.
  4. We don’t diagnose or prescribe. One person’s experience with a doctor or medication does not imply that your experience will be similar.

6. It’s okay not to share.

7. Set your cell phone ringer to vibrate, or turn it off entirely.

  1. If you need to leave the meeting, feel free to do so, but please leave quietly.

These support group guidelines are designed for the safety and protection of everyone in the support group.

If you feel you need extra help, please speak with a DBSA Monrovia board member or any trusted friend in the contact list.

Introductions

Please state:

1.Your first name.

2. Your diagnosis.

3. Psychiatrist? Psychologist?

4. Meds?

5. One good thing about today?

6. A topic to discuss.