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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. 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.

It is with great sadness we let you know that Deb Mann, a dear friend and long-time DBSA Boston member, passed away April 9, 2015. We gathered on Wednesday evening, April 15, 2015, to support each other and remember Deb and her many contributions to DBSA.  Chuck Weinstein led the remembrance group.
Elegy for Deb Mann by Dennis Hagler


In Memoriam to David Hazen Johnston: 1987-2015
It is with deep sadness that we let you know of the death of David Hazen Johnston, beloved son of long time DBSA member Mary Johnston. Many of us know Mary as a gifted Facilitator and Coordinator of DBSA’s Speakers’ Bureau. Please see Mary’s Note, which includes details about visiting hours, funeral service, dinner, and donations.


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Please visit our new 30th Anniversary page. It contains 15 speakers, music by Christian and Karen and the same slideshow shown at the party. This will be great for people that missed the party or just want to re-visit it. Please stop by and join us.

SpeakersView and listen to these speakers and others. Click on the following link. to rejoin the party.


  • DBSA receives 40% of purchases
  • All popular magazines are sold.
  • There are gifts for your friends and family.
  • Discounts on restaurants and attractions.
  • So far $160 was purchased, $64 to DBSA
  • Visit our new page at the following link.

    Please visit our new MULTI-MEDIA page. It includes mood disorder quotes, DBSA slideshow, Videos that include Glenn Close on depression, Temple Grandin on autism, Demi Lovato on Bi-Polar disorder, Allen Doederlein (president of DBSA Chicago),. The Mental Health Channel videos are also included. If you know of any favorite videos that can help the members, Please contact the Webmaster DBSA is here to serve it’s members.


    Fall Calendar:
    September 9: “Tour of the DBSA-Boston Website,” Barry Park
    Read about the speaker.
    September 23: “Expressive Digital Imagery,” Steve Koppel
    Read about the speaker.
    October 14: “Dangerously High, Act I,” Kitty Mckay
    Read about the speaker.
    Oct. 18: “Facilitator Training Program” Read the details.
    Oct. 21: Save the Date for our 30th Anniversary Celebration!
    Read the details.
    October 28: “30th Anniversary DBSA National Conference,” Lillian Cravotta-Crouch and Michele O’Shea
    Read about the speaker.
    November 11: “Marsha, Mary, My Momma and Me: how DBT and the poetry of Mary Oliver helped me save my life and repair relationships,” Eliza Williamson
    Read about the speaker.
    November 25: No speaker. Happy Thanksgiving!

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