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The Mood Disorders Support Group, Inc. (MDSG-NY) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) self-help, peer run mental health organization.

Since 1981, MDSG-NY has been enhancing and saving lives. Our trained facilitators are peers who have "been there" themselves. They have experience and training in supporting individuals with similar mental health challenges such as depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder, as well as their families and loved ones. As attendees once themselves, they are in a unique position to help others heal.

25,000

Cumulative Group Participants

52

Active Volunteers

800+

Support Groups Annually

40

Years of Dedication
Letter from Chair

Welcome to MDSG-NY

Living with a mood disorder can be frustrating and isolating. It doesn’t help that the nature of illnesses such as depression and bipolar disorder are still misunderstood by so many. This can leave sufferers and their families feeling stigmatized and alone. In answer to this important problem, The Mood Disorders Support Group, Inc. (MSDG-NY) has been helping New Yorkers through weekly support groups at two locations in Manhattan since 1981. Mood disorders are manageable. You can lead a full and productive life. You may also be a tremendous help to someone else. We believe everyone has information to share: a coping skill, a success story, a new type of treatment. By sharing experiences and learning from others, we aim to provide a safe environment — free of scrutiny and judgment.

We wish you the best in fighting these devastating illnesses and welcome you in our next meeting.

OUR SUPPORT GROUPS

MDSG-NY currently offers over 14 to 16 online support groups a week

BIPOLAR

bipolar
This group is for people either diagnosed bipolar or suspecting they may be bipolar. This may include Bipolar I, II and cyclothymia

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UNIPOLAR

unipolar
A group for people battling major depressive disorder, persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) or the depressive side of bipolar

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FRIENDS & FAMILY

Friends & Family
This group is for people who are near to someone with a mood disorder, taking care of someone, and need to speak openly with others in similar positions.

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BIPOC

People of color
This group is for Black and Indigenous People of Color, a safe space to connect on the experience of being BIPOC and having affective disorders

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GENYZERS

Gen YZers
This group is for people under 30 with any affective disorder. This space is unique to the experience of this age group.

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QUEER MOODS

Queer moods
This groups is for people with an affective disorder that also identify as LGBTQ

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MIXED

mixed group
People with bipolar, unipolar or any variation of those can attend and get a more broad and diverse experience

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NEWCOMERS

Welcome
This is an introductory and mandatory group for anyone who participates in our virtual support group for the first time

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TOPIC

Topic
The topic group includes people with all mood disorders (bipolar, depression, anxiety, PTSD etc) to discuss a common theme prevalent amongst our attendees

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BIPOLAR

bipolar
This group is for people either diagnosed bipolar or suspecting they may be bipolar. This may include Bipolar I, II and cyclothymia

LEARN MORE

UNIPOLAR

unipolar
A group for people battling major depressive disorder, persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) or the depressive side of bipolar

LEARN MORE

FRIENDS & FAMILY

Friends & Family
This group is for people who are near to someone with a mood disorder, taking care of someone, and need to speak openly with others in similar positions.

LEARN MORE

BIPOC

People of color
This group is for Black and Indigenous People of Color for a safe space to connect on the experience of being BIPOC and having affective disorders

LEARN MORE

GENYZERS

Gen YZers
this group is for people under 30 with any affective disorder. This space is unique to the experience of this age group.

LEARN MORE

QUEER MOODS

Queer moods
This groups is for people with an affective disorder that also identify as LGBTQ

LEARN MORE

MIXED

mixed group
People with bipolar, unipolar or any variation of those can attend and get a more broad and diverse experience

LEARN MORE

NEWCOMERS

Welcome
This is an introductory and mandatory group for anyone who participates in our virtual support group for the first time

LEARN MORE

TOPIC

Topic
The topic group includes people with all mood disorders (bipolar, depression, anxiety, PTSD, etc) to discuss a common theme prevalent amongst our attendees

LEARN MORE

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Suggested readings

SUGGESTED READINGS

Books suggested by MDSG-NY chair and psychologist Dr. Li Faustino.

OUR PEER STORIES

Real Accounts on MDSG-NY's Impact

The Mood Disorders Support Group, Inc.’s greatest gift to me is the opportunity to be myself around people who get it. When I share the highs and lows of my bipolar disorder, seeing peers nod in agreement and share a similar story offers a great sense of relief that I’m not alone. Learning about new skills, strategies and resources is invaluable. Seeing most people get better and succeed offers hope.

TESTIMONIAL BY DAVID K.

MDSG-NY has provided me with a warm, nonjudgmental community. I know I am understood whether I share or not. Becoming a facilitator has enhanced my life as well. My friendships have grown through this wonderful grass-root organization. I am no longer a victim to my mood disorder.

TESTIMONIAL BY ANNE L.

After several severe depressive episodes, a hospitalization and medication issues that threatened my quality of life, I found MDSG-NY in 2007. At group I interact with people with similar thoughts and moods to myself. Members are supportive because they empathize. Meetings are my safe haven and the members in them have become my second family. Through MDSG-NY and therapy I learn new coping skills and different medications to manage my depression.

TESTIMONIAL BY PETER B.

MDSG-NY has been a wonderfully healing community for me and I am grateful to be a part of it. I came to my first meeting in 2010 because of a bad depression. MDSG-NY welcomed me and provided me with support and guidance for my recovery. I have made many meaningful friendships here and am inspired to give back.

TESTIMONIAL BY ADINA T.

UPCOMING EVENT

NEW EVENT ANNOUNCEMENT :
Spirituality with facilitator Dan Hess 5/16/21 7:30pm EST

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Online

Staying on Topic Series is
Back

Next Topic Group -
Music and Moods

Who writes the songs that make your whole world sing? Join Deena for an evening of conversation about how music plays a part in our lives and in our moods.
(Don’t worry you won’t have to sing or play an instrument…unless you want to?!)
Everyone is welcome.
Please contact Henry to participate in this week’s Topic Group and all future Topic Groups from below.

*The Topic Group is open to attendees from our GenYZers, Unipolar, Bipolar, Queer and BIPOC Groups.

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