When I came to MDSG, I already had my Symptoms from bipolar disorder under control, with the help of therapy and medication. But what I was missing was other people In my life, friends, but the kind of friends who could relate to what I was going through. I first found MDSG on a google search, but it took another two years to work up the courage to go there. I had no idea what to expect. What I found was a supportive group of people, a little bit different every week, led by trained peers. I listened more than I talked the first year or so. Gradually, I started making friends and realized I could get support in the group or out of the group with a quick phone call or text. What I found so amazing was that people would sometimes come in with a fresh diagnosis, or even only days out of the hospital, and work out their challenges with us, in real time. I found their courage inspiring, and the group would always support people who were really in crisis. Through the years I volunteered to help out with various tasks and eventually trained to become a peer facilitator and pay the support forward. MDSG has really helped me spread my wings and become a much more confident person. I really don’t know where I’d be without it. I recommend these groups for anybody who is looking for support with their diagnosis and to find a community of people who ‘get it’.