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.
Groups Available
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 in Belmont-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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April 18: An evening 4 DBSA Speakers

  • Wendy read portions of her new book and talked about her past experiences
  • Joanne Talked about her past mental health experiences. She is also the Executive Director for the Cole Resource Center. She talked briefly about the new programs. There will be new opening times for the Center.
  • Ray talked about his prior experiences. He is a frequent member of the Friends & Family group. His humor was greatly appreciated.
  • Nancy is a long time and respected member of DBSA. She told the audience about her experiences with her family.
  •  ↑  Click on the ► symbol, above left, to play the audio portion of the talk.
    We have captured the audio portion of 17 speakers that go back to April 2016.
    Click on the blue button to listen to the other speakers.     Speakers

    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.


  • SAMHSA-Underrepresented College Students April 26 Click for info
  • MGH Center for Bipolar Research: Click for info
  • Peer Support Line: Click for info
  • 3 exciting Research Studies at McLean HospitalClick for info
  • Mental Health Hotline-NAMI: Click for info
  • Form for Retaining Coverage disabled child: Click for info
  • Free-Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training : Click for info
  • 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
  • Mindfulness Meditation: Click for info
  • WBUR Health Information: Click for info

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    DBSA Boston Highlights

    The Weekly Music Circle is the perfect place to play your favorite instrument, learn a new song, and jam out with other musicians of the DBSA-Boston community.
    For more information press the blue button below.

    Work and Coping
    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.
    For more information press the blue button below.

    Work and Coping

    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!

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    open mic
    The Mill St. Open Mic Session
    Every 5th Wednesday of the Month

    To be held on:

  • May 30 2018
  • Aug 29 2018
  • Oct 31 2018
    Hosted by:
    Christian Tiongson
    6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
    For more information press the blue button below.

    Mill St Open Mic

    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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    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

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       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 Book Club. If you have a favorite Mental Health Book, Please recommend it. here.
    Click on this link for the book club

    Want to explore the DBSA history?
    Click on this link for the oral history

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


    Winter Calendar:
    March 14: “An evening with Senator Cindy Friedman” State Senator Cindy F. Friedman See speakers
    March 31: Deadline for submitting Nominations for Board Elections
    April 9: NAMI Mass. Advocacy Day
    See activities.
    April 11: “Moments in Time,” Wendy Woodfield See speakers
    April 18: “Ice Cream Social with Mill Street Open Mic!
    See activities.
    May 9: “Volunteer Musicians for the Arts performance” See speakers
    May 19 “NAMIWalks Massachusetts: Join the DBSA-Boston Believers Team!”
    See activities.
    May 30: “Mill Street Open Mic”
    See activities.

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