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 at Belmont meets every Wednesday from 7:00 to 9:00pm at McLean Hospital, 115 Mill St, Belmont, Massachusetts in the McLean Hospital cafeteria.
For more info about groups click here.   For directions to McLean Hospital click here.

Drop-in groups-There are drop-in groups on Monday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 1:30pm to 3:30pm in room 132 in the McLean Hospital cafeteria. (picture on right hand side)

DBSA-Boston at MGH/Downtown: Group meets Thursdays 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Mass General Hospital in Boston. Family & friends are welcome to attend. The MGH groups meet at the Yawkey Center for Outpatient Care on the fourth floor, Suite 4A, in the Schiff Conference Room. For directions click here.


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Events for this month

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We are excited to announce that DBSA – Boston is one of the winners of the
Club Passim Iguana Fund grant! The grant will allow us to purchase musical instruments for our community as a way to cope with mental illness! This grant will further enhance the benefits of music that we experience at our popular quarterly Mill St. Open Mic Sessions!

Christian would like to thank Bronwen for keeping him sane during the process as well as for proofreading the entire application! Cheers to a year of music for DBSA-Boston in 2018!

More details of our project will be posted on our website and on Facebook soon!

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

Click on the following link. for more information
We have captured the audio portion of 15 speakers that go back to April 2016.
Click on the blue button to listen to the other speakers.     Speakers
Click on the blue button to listen to the Oral History.        Oral History

Outside Events of Interest    (Not part of DBSA Boston)

If you have any current events that you want posted, do the following: Email your event to
with all the details.


  • Mental Health News: Click for info
  • Mass Clubhouse Directory: Click for info
  • Boston Mental Health Events: Click for info
  • McLean Hospital Events: Click for info
  • NAMI family support groups: Click for info
  • Many Faces of Mental Health: Click for info
  • Mindfulness Mediation: Click for info
  • WBUR Health Information: Click for info

  • To submit your poem, please email
    Please submit your name in order to get credit.
    Your poem will appear on the front page of the website. Please no inappropriate words.


    DBSA Boston Highlights

    NAMI Walk May 13, 2017 DBSA Boston had a great day at the NAMI Walk. The walk captain was Lillian. A lot of money was raised for NAMI. Thanks to all the walkers.
    Click on this link for more pictures.

    DBSA Dog Policy
    If you bring your dog to DBSA please read this message. This policy will now be enforced. To view the policy click the blue button.
    DBSA Dog Policy

       DBSA Boston 30th Anniversary Logo
    Please visit our 30th Anniversary page. We had a great time on October 21, 2015. It celebrated 30 years of service from 1985-2015. The party was a tremendous success thanks to the 30th Anniversary Committee and the many helpers. Click on the following link. to rejoin the party.


    We are pleased to announce the DBSA Boston bookstore. If you purchase a book ,a portion of the proceeds will be donated to DBSA.
    Click on this link for the book store

    Moving to a different state? Traveling the country? This DBSA locator will help you find any of 300 DBSA chapters.
    Click on the map for more info.

    Please visit our new MULTI-MEDIA page. It includes DBSA Videos. The Mental Health Channel videos are also included.

    The Museum of Science Presents
    Many Faces of Our Mental Health
    Through February 11,2018
    Visit their website for more info.

    DBSA Boston is proud to be listed as a resource on the Museum’s brochure. Please try to attend this great exhibit.


    Work and Coping Group
    There will be a group every 2nd & 4th 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!


    Open Exchange
    Will be offered every Wednesday, beginning in December 2016
    Group provides an ideal opportunity for people with mood disorders to meet and talk with people from our Friends and Families group. By sharing our different perspective and life issues, we foster awareness and empathy, and help each other understand how we cope with our respective experience. It can be very helpful for friends and family members to hear stories from unrelated people who live with depression, bipolar disorder and other mental illnesses. People with mental illness may benefit from the objectivity of friends and family who are not engaged in their daily lives.


    Please note that although Open Exchange is a good group for exchanging feedback and support between family, friends and people with a mood disorder, it not a family therapy group, and family members are discouraged from attending the group at the same time.
    open mic
    The Mill St. Open Mic Session
    Every 5th Wednesday of the Month

    To be held on:

  • Jan 31 2018
  • May 30 2018
  • Aug 29 2018
  • Oct 31 2018
    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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    Winter Calendar:
    December 13: Speaker Cancelled
    December 20: Annual Holiday Party & Lee Paris Artisan Craft Fair!
    See activities.
    January 10: Speaker Cancelled
    January 28: “Foundations I: Workshop in Facilitating Peer Support Groups,” led by Chuck Weinstein, LMHC, CPS
    See training.
    January 31: Mill Street Open Mic
    See activities.
    Feb. 14: “The Healing Power of Yoga, part 2,” Janna Westmoreland
    See speakers.
    Feb. 25: “Foundations II,” Bob Hanflig
    See activities.

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