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.

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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Dr. Ben Shapero gave a lecture on April 12. The audience greatly enjoyed his talk. He spoke about mindfulness. If you missed his lecture or want to hear it again click on the link below. We have captured the audio portion of 9 speakers that go back to April 2016. Enjoy the speakers again.
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DBSA proudly announces an Oral History of our organization. Everett Page will start the dialogue by telling us about the roots of MDDA/DBSA. Everett has been with MDDA/DBSA for over 34 years. He has been with MDDA/DBSA since 1983 and has taken an active role ever since. Everett has a unique way of telling his story. He talks about the beginnings of the organization with details that few people know.

We hope that other members of DBSA will join Everett in telling us the organization’s history from their own view.
Click on the control above,left for Everett’s history of the beginnings of MDDA/DBSA.

Click on this link for Everett’s personal story

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One more month till the NAMI walk May 13 and I’m looking forward to as great a turn out as last year. So go to http://www.namiwalks.org/team/DBSABoston to sign up. All the money we raise goes to help NAMI keep advocating for all of us touched by mental illness. Also a portion of the proceeds comes back to us at DBSA so we can continue running all of our support groups and fun activities.

Don’t forget to join us on April 19th for the ice cream social. It’s a great way to enjoy some ice cream, do a little socializing and don’ forget if you want to join Christian for a little Karaoke.

Walk Captain Lillian Cravotta-Crouch.

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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!


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
They will be held on May 30, August 30, November 30
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!


NamiWalks Massachusetts 2016 was a huge success. There were over 60 members from DBSA-Boston present. We raised close to $6,200. Everyone had a great time. Most everybody got to pose for this picture. Join us for NAMIWalks Massachusetts May 13, 2017! See Activities.


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


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


Spring Calendar:
Mar. 08: “Tai Chi,” Shifu-Nicanor Snow
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Mar. 29: Mill Street Open Mic!
See activities.
Apr. 03: NAMI Mass. Advocacy Day!
See activities.
Apr. 12: “A Mindful Way Through Emotion: New Approaches to Treating Mood,” Benjamin G. Shapero, PhD
Read about the speaker
Apr.19: Ice Cream Social!
See activities.
May 7: Foundations Workshop in Facilitating Peer Support, led by Chuck Weinstein, LMHC, CPRP, CPS. Registration deadline is May 3 at 7:00 p.m.
See Training.
May 10: “Finding Wellness Through Music,” Volunteer Musicians for the Arts
Read about the speaker
May 13: NAMIWalks Massachusetts: Join the DBSA-Boston Believers Team!
See activities.

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