“Moods are complicated and very much a part of who we are. People would be very boring without them."
― Kay Redfield Jamison (Wikipedia), An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness (NPR)
DBSA Asheville - Magnetic Minds is a peer-run support group for people with mood disorders, specifically depression and bipolar disorder. We offer self-help through twice weekly, free, group discussion meetings. We meet every Wednesday from 7 to 9 pm and every Saturday from 4 to 6 pm. We hope to provide support, acceptance, information, socialization, and tips & techniques that can be used to manage challenges. No appointments or referrals are needed to participate in our groups. We do not require membership or fees to attend our meetings although a love offering basket is passed at each meeting. Small donations are not required but appreciated. Due to the sensitivity of the issues discussed and for the privacy of our members, participants in DBSA Asheville - Magnetic Minds must be at least 18 years of age. Please see our meetings page for more info about who we are, what a typical meeting looks like, and other important info about us.
We are in a political situation in the US which could have profound affects on how people with bipolar disorder, depression and all mental illnesses are targeted and usually blamed for many tragic national situations. We are being targeted for gun control legislation. Laws are trying to be passed that affect our privacy. Mental health inpatient beds are going away. There are still deaths happening all too often in inpatient units. Those with mental health issues are treated in ways that should appall the average American - If they knew. So, to those who are in power or wish to be...I add this cartoon for levity!
Painful Historical Stigma!
Did I get an education into the depths of mental illness stigma tonight! I was working on our blog and searched on "psych hospital" in google images.
This is what I saw. We have so much history to confront in our fight for social acceptance and the reduction of stigma for those living with mental illness. There are so many painful historical pictures. Why do these come up first? How do we fight with this as our legacy? We have clearly been punished for our illnesses throughout history and some of these photos could still be taken today. Take a peek and scroll down if you dare. http://tinyurl.com/stigma-hurts-us-all
DBSA Asheville - Magnetic Minds is an independent affiliate of DBSA:
Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance www.DBSAlliance.org
Did you find us by accident? Want to find a support group in your area? Try here!
MagneticMinds.DBSA @ gmail.com
We meet twice a week!
Wednesday, 7 - 9pm
Saturday, 4 - 6pm
1316-C Patton Avenue
Asheville, NC 28806
Link to Directions
^ Please note: We return calls in 1 to 4 days.
We are NOT a crisis line. If in crisis, please call 800.273.8255 or go to the nearest emergency room.
Let my soul smile through my heart and my heart smile through my eyes, that I may scatter rich smiles in sad hearts. —Paramahansa Yogananda
We will always miss you, Kelley
DBSA ASHEVILLE IS A NORTH CAROLINA REGISTERED 501(c)(3).
We appreciate your tax-free donations.
For more info: MagneticMinds.firstname.lastname@example.org
Family Preservation Services (FPS) kindly allows DBSA Asheville - Magnetic Minds
the free use of their meeting room in West Asheville.
We are very thankful for their kind generosity.
DBSA Asheville - Magnetic Minds is not a substitute for professional care. While we do sometimes discuss medication
side effects etc., we do not endorse or recommend the use of any specific treatment or medication. For advice about
specific treatments or medications, individuals should consult their physicians and/or mental health professionals.