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WASHINGTON-BALTIMORE: Depression and Related Affective Disorders Association (DRADA) is a community organization that serves individuals and family members affected by a depressive illness, including bipolar. DRADA has a list of more than 75 DRADA support groups, mostly in the Baltimore-Washington, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia or Pennsylvania areas. Phone: (703) 610-9000 or 888-288-1104. email:

BIPOLAR SUPPORT GROUP* SUICIDE SUPPORT GROUP Mental Health Clinic Howard University 530 College Street, NW Washington, DC 20060 Donna Barnes 202-806-7706 Call for times

Bellingham – Bipolar Disorder Meetup Group (MEETUP.COM -
Meet with local people suffering from bipolar disorder (aka manic depression) for discussion, information, and support. This is a great way to make new friends. (Join on-line and meet in person monthly).

DBSA Capital Area
Contact 1: Information Line
Phone: (702) 689-1250
Contact 2: Alvin Martin
Additional Phone: (301) 279-0831

DBSA Bristol/Ridgeview BRMC 103 North Street, #A 24201 Kim Woodlee/Ridgeview Pavillion,
800/697-2762 or 423/844-6000
Fax: 423/844-6027
Lynchburg Lynchburg Depressive Disorders PO Box 216 24505 Linda Theisen, 804/237-5768
Fax: 804/237-6140
Web site:
Norfolk DBSA Norfolk 6157 Westwood Terrace 23508 Pat Graham, 757/440-8883
Portsmouth DBSA Norfolk 3235 Clover Hill Dr. 23703 Linda A. Mathews, 757/483-1003 or
Jeanne Clinebell, 757/424-5141
Roanoke DBSA Roanoke Anxiety & Deperessive Disorders 2944 Lockridge Road SW 24014 Susan Whately, 540/344-0723
Cathy Skelley, 540/389-9425
Fax: 540/344-1610
Roanoke DBSA Roanoke 4004 High Acres Road 24017 Amy Cosner, 540/366-8641
Mary Ellen Keller, 540/366-5635
Fax: 540/366-5663

DBSA Chapters/Support Groups

DBSA Northern Virginia
Contact 1: Fran Blair
Phone: (703) 803-6442
Contact 2: Jayson Blair
Additional Phone: (703) 803-6442
Fax: (240) 536-4875

Falls Church
DBSA Falls Church
Contact 1: Anne Cowley
Phone: (703) 354-5104

DBSA Lynchburg Depressive Disorders
Contact 1: Linda Theisen
Phone: (434) 385-0747

DBSA Norfolk
Contact 1: Linda Mathews
Phone: (757) 625-2275
Contact 2: Sharon Flowers
Additional Phone: (757) 233-8555
Fax: (757) 627-7199

DBSA Petersburg Southside
Contact 1: Sharon L. Johnson
Phone: (804) 895-3922

DBSA Portsmouth
Contact 1: Rita Dillon
Phone: (757) 485-3520
Contact 2: Joy Redd
Additional Phone: (757) 548-9323

The Child and Adolescent Bipolar Foundation (CABF) has a website at: that provides information to support families with children with bipolar. Fact sheets, newsletters, chat rooms, physician locators, and a support group directory for each state are also provided on this site. helps people find others who share their interest or cause (like bipolar disorder), get involved on-line and locally, and form lasting, influential, local community groups that regularly meet face-to-face. You may view a list of cities and states where meetings occur on their website (at

If you have questions regarding bipolar disorder or are having trouble finding a support group in your area, you can contact the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) for publications or other help at the NIMH Information Center at 1-866-615-6464 or at

National Mental Health Association (NMHA) is the country's oldest and largest nonprofit organization addressing all.phpects of mental health and mental illness. NMHA has more than 340 affiliates nationwide. To find help and/or a support group in your community, contact NMHA by internet at: or by phone at: 1-800-969-NMHA (6642).

UNITED WAY (Information and Referral): Dial 211 for information about support groups and services in Virginia.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
has a state organization in all 50 states as well as in Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. There are also more than 1,200 local affiliates spanning all 50 states, D.C. and Puerto Rico.

Your State NAMI
State: Virginia
State Affiliate: NAMI Virginia
Address: PO Box 8260
Richmond, VA 23226-0260
Primary Phone: (804)285-8264
Alternate Phone: (888)486-8264
Fax: (804)285-8464
Email Address:
President: Nancy Beebe

Or: 1-800-273-TALK(1-800-273-8255)

If you are in a crisis please call:
1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433) or
1-800-273-TALK (8255)

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