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DBSA-Boston (formerly known as MDDA-Boston) is a resource for people with affective disorders, and their families and friends. Affective disorders such as bipolar disorder (manic-depressive illness) and clinical depression affect millions of people every year. Coping with these disorders is difficult enough, but coping alone can be even tougher.

DBSA-Boston (Depression Bipolar Support Alliance of Boston) is a non-profit, self-help organization run by and for people with affective disorders such as depression and bipolar disorder, and for family and friends of those with affective disorders. DBSA members come together to share support and information with others in similar situations.

DBSA-Boston meets every Wednesday from 7:00 to 9:00pm at McLean Hospital (in Belmont, Massachusetts) in the deMarneffe Building cafeteria. Additionally, there are drop-in groups on Monday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 1:30pm to 3:30pm in room 132 in the deMarneffe Building cafeteria. (picture on right hand side) For directions to McLean Hospital click here. For more info about groups click here.

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Confidentiality Forum Wednesday October 26th
There will be a 1/2 hour forum about confidentiality in the groups.
Lillian will be leading a panel that will discuss confidentiality at DBSA.
She will talk about some of the concerns that have been raised by members along with share cares feelings on this. Members then will be free to address people on the panel.

 

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The Holiday Party will be held Wednesday December 21. We need artisans for the party. If you want to sell/display your jewerly, artwork, photos etc.. contact us. Each table will cost $15.00. The party will be held from 6:00-8:00pm. Please contact Barry.Park at bpark654321@gmail.com

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Work and Coping Group
Occurs Every 3rd Wednesday of the Month
Having a job while coping with its everyday stresses can be challenging and at times seem impossible. Sometimes you may feel defeated after a long shift or even a hour after you clocked in. You are not alone. The Work and Coping Group provides meaningful and supportive discussions with working peers (volunteer, per-diem, part-time, and full-time) who have mental illness. The purpose of the group is to support and learn from others through their personal experiences in coping with everyday work stresses and situations that may exacerbate mental illness. Topics include but not limited to work-life balance, anxiety in high-pressured situations, and self-worth in the workplace. While work is the primary topic of discussion, the group is not a recruiting, job-hunting, or resume-review session. The group occurs every 3rd Wednesday of the month. We hope you can join us!

 

facilitator training
Foundations Facilitator Training, Part I
Introduction to: Peer Support Group Leadership

Date Offered:Sunday, September 25
deMarneffe Building, Room 132
McLean Hospital, Belmont

Registration starts at 9:30am
Workshop starts promptly at 10am-5pm

Limited to 20 trainees (no walk in registrations)

Click on the following link for more info.

 

open mic
The Mill St. Open Mic Session
Every 5th Wednesday of the Month
Starting August 31st
Hosted by Christian Tiongson
6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.Attention all musicians and poets! Here is your chance to share your music and writing with the DBSA-Boston community at the new Mill Street Open Mic Session! The purpose of the open mic session is to appreciate and showcase creative individuals in our community. Each performer will have a 10-minute time slot for two songs or poetry pieces that are family friendly (i.e. no swears, drug/sexual content). All music and poetry must be live; no karaoke tracks, loud amplifiers, or drum-kits allowed. If you are interested in performing, sign-up sheets will be found at the Welcome Table. For any questions, please see Christian or email him at christian@dbsaboston.org.Come by to play your favorite tune, recite your poetry, or cheer on your peers! See you there!

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The Nami Walk Sunday May 14 was a huge success. There were over 60 members from DBSA Boston present. We raised close to $6500. Everyone had a great time. Most everybody got to pose for this picture.The co-captains were Lillian and Kenny.

 

podcastDBSA Boston announces it’s first Podcast webpage. We will be presenting the audio portion of the speaker series. Come join us. Click on the following link. to listen to the speakers.

 

DBSA Boston 30th Anniversary LogoPlease visit our new 30th Anniversary page. Click on the following link. to rejoin the party.

 

amazonDBSA Boston is proud to present our new fund raising store. When you buy any item from Amazon.com, DBSA will receive from 2-10% as a donation. Click on this link

 

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Please visit our new MULTI-MEDIA page. It includes mood disorder quotes, DBSA slideshow and Videos. The Mental Health Channel videos are also included.

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Fall Calendar:
Sept 14: “When Someone You Know Has Depression,”  Susan Noonan, MD, MPH Read about the speaker.
Sept. 25: “Foundations Workshop in Facilitating Peer Support Groups,”  led by Chuck Weinstein, LMHC, CPS Read more about the Workshop.
Oct. 1: “Facilitating for Daytime Groups Workshop,” led by the Training Committee Read more about the Workshop.
Oct. 12:  “Depression as a Muse: Music by Sir Christian,” Christian Tiongson Read about the speaker.
Nov. 9: “Clubhouses in the Boston Area,” Nancy Berger Read about the speaker.
Nov. 30: “Mill Street Open Mic Session” See activities.

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