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Support Group Meetings

Twice-weekly support group meetings — every Monday and every Thursday of the year — are the primary activity of the San Diego Chapter of DBSA. The maps below — use whichever you're more comfortable with — show the location of our meetings.
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Location

VA San Diego Medical Center, Second Floor
3350 La Jolla Village Drive
San Diego, California 92161

Driving Directions

Take Interstate 5 to the La Jolla Village Drive exit. Drive west (on La Jolla Village Drive) and turn right at the first stoplight, onto Villa La Jolla Drive. Go up the hill and turn right at the first stoplight, then make the next right turn into the lot just south of the VA Hospital and park there (for free).

Enter the front of the building, continue walking straight, to the elevators, go to the Second Floor, and proceed to Room 2011 (on Mondays) or Room 2436 or 2438 (on Thursdays).


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Meeting Time and Organization

Meetings are held every Monday and Thursday evening from 6:00pm to 8:00pm including all holidays. On Mondays we typically have a large group (about 80), and break into one group just for family & friends (Room 2011), and two or three groups for mental health consumers, i.e., people with mental health diagnoses. On Thursdays we have a smaller group (about 40) and we meet in Rooms 2436 and 2438, family & friends (if any) together with consumers. We always have one or more support groups even on those days when we have a guest speaker.

Meeting Guidelines

Please note the DBSA San Diego support group meeting guidelines, which are designed for the safety and protection of all participants in the support group. Note also that, although we are guests of the VA Hospital, DBSA San Diego is not affiliated with the Hospital, the VA, or the military, and our meetings are not restricted to veterans or any other group.

Regarding Student Observers

Monday and Thursday meetings at DBSA San Diego are also open to students in relevant fields (medicine, psychology, nursing, sociology, human development, etc.) provided the consumers present at the time don't object. Students may participate the same as anyone else in attendance. We allow a maximum of four (non-consumer) students per night in our meetings. Please email us at students@dbsasandiego.org at least two days prior to the meeting to let us know if you are interested in attending, and fill out and return the student questionnaire after attending. Sorry, none of the other DBSA chapters in San Diego County permit student visitors.

DBSA Meetings in San Diego County

Chula Vista

Wednesday
6:00pm – 8:00pm
DBSA Chula Vista Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center
Administrative Conference Room
751 Medical Center Court
Chula Vista, California 91911

Turn left into the first hallway and enter the last door on your right, the Administrative Conference Room.

For info, call 858.444.6776
or email dbsachulavista@gmail.com.
Del Mar

3rd Tuesday
of the month
2:00pm – 4:00pm
DBSA Del Mar Pacifica Del Mar (restaurant atop Del Mar Plaza)
1555 Camino Del Mar
Del Mar, California 92014

For info, call Roger at 858.525.1509
or email him at RogerAlsabrook@yahoo.com.
El Cajon

Tuesday
6:30pm – 8:30pm
DBSA Paradise East Foothills Christian Church, Middle School, Room 3
365 West Bradley Avenue
El Cajon, California 92020

It's in Room 3 of the Middle School, behind the main building.

For info, call Kel at 619.828.0083
or email him at Kel.San.Diego@gmail.com.
 
2nd and 4th Wednesday
6:30pm – 8:00pm
DBSA San Diego for
Family & Friends of Teens
REACH Academy
230 Jamacha Road
El Cajon, California 92019

Meetings are for family and friends of teenage mental health consumers.

For info, email Vickie at vs4mi@yahoo.com.
 
Thursday
6:00pm – 8:00pm
DBSA El Cajon Sharp Mesa Vista – East County
1460 East Main Street, Room 10
El Cajon, California 92021

For info, call Bob at 619.572.9710,
or email Agnes at
dbsa-el-cajon-owner@yahoogroups.com.
Escondido

Thursday
6:00pm – 7:30pm
DBSA Escondido Escondido Seventh-day Adventist Church
1305 Deodar Road
Escondido, California 92046

DBSA Escondido does not permit student observers.

For info, call or text Steve at 619.307.5547
or email him at one4dutch@hotmail.com.
Hillcrest

Thursday
2:00pm – 4:00pm
DBSA Hillcrest / UCSD Outpatient Psychiatric Services
140 Arbor Drive, Room 215
San Diego, California 92103

Free parking is available under the building.

For info, call Rob at 619.299.5650,
or email Dean at rightwright@hotmail.com.
La Jolla

Monday and Thursday
6:00pm – 8:00pm
DBSA San Diego VA San Diego Medical Center
3350 La Jolla Village Drive
San Diego, California 92161

For info, call 858.444.6776
or email info@dbsasandiego.org.
 
Tuesday
3:00pm – 5:00pm
DBSA San Diego True Life Center for Wellbeing
4520 Executive Drive, Suite 225
San Diego, California 92121

For info, call 858.444.6776
or email info@dbsasandiego.org.
Ramona

Wednesday
5:00pm – 6:00pm
DBSA Ramona Ramona Oaks Park
San Diego Country Estates
25341 Pappas Road
Ramona, California 92065

Meet outdoors, by the stage in the park.

For info, call Sheri at 760.443.6861 to get additional details on the location.
Rancho Bernardo

Tuesday
6:00pm – 8:00pm
DBSA Rancho Bernardo Aurora Behavioral Health Care/San Diego
11878 Avenue of Industry
San Diego, California 92128 (Rancho Bernardo)

For info, call 858.487.3200
or Mark at 858.538.8450,
or email him at DBSARanchoBernardo@yahoo.com.
 
2nd and 4th Wednesday
7:00pm – 9:00pm
DBSA San Diego for
Family & Friends
North County
San Rafael Catholic Church Parish Center, Room J
17252 Bernardo Center Drive
San Diego, California 92128 (Rancho Bernardo)

Meetings are for family and friends of those with mood disorders. This is not a faith-based group.

For info, call 858.518.3176.
Temecula

Friday
11:30am – 1:30pm
DBSA Temecula
(Temecula is actually in Riverside County, not San Diego County.)
Mary Phillips Senior Center
41845 6th Street
Temecula, California 92590

For info, call Mike at 951.551.1186
or email him at DBSATemecula@gmail.com.
Vista

Wednesday
2:30pm – 4:00pm
DBSA Vista / North Coastal Tri-City Outpatient Behavioral Health Services
510 West Vista Way
Vista, California 92083

For info, call Katherine at 760.535.1103
or email dbsavista@gmail.com.

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