The Mood Disorders Support Group, Inc. (MDSG-NY) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) self-help, all peer run mental health organization. Since 1981, MDSG-NY has been providing peer-led support groups to help individuals make meaningful and sustainable recoveries within their communities.
Our highly trained facilitators – peers “who have been there themselves” and have found recovery strategies that work – support 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.
MDSG-NY is a leading chapter of The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA), a leading national organization focusing on peer-based, wellness-oriented support. Through their extensive online and print resources and their nearly 600 support groups and more than 200 chapters, DBSA reaches millions of people each year with in-person and online peer support.
Fact: Almost all of us are affected by mental health disorders. 1 in 4 Americans have one. 4 out of 5 of us know someone close to us who struggles with one. Despite those statistics, many sufferers will not seek treatment due to self-imposed isolation, the fear of being stigmatized, the false belief that symptoms are due to a personal weakness and a lack of knowledge about mental health and recovery. MDSG dispels these myths and normalizes the conversation about mental health through the power of peer group support.