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Become a DBSA Boston Member

NOTE: DBSA Boston paid membership is NOT required to attend our support groups, activities, and events. All our programs are free for the community.

Happy Spring from DBSA Boston! We are currently running a membership drive through May 31. Although all of our programs are free for the community, DBSA Boston depends on memberships and donations to continue with our mission.

In our 39th year of service, we hope you’ll consider renewing your membership or becoming a member for the first time! While not required, your membership shows your support of DBSA Boston’s mission to provide support groups, activities, and events for people who have been affected by mood disorders. It will also allow you to vote in the Elections for Board Members in June.

New Membership Level: Family Lifetime Membership
(Covers up to 6 Family Members)

Read below for more details!

About Us

  • The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance of Boston is an independent, self-sustaining, non-profit organization that provides peer-led, volunteer-run support groups, activities, and events for people who have been affected by mood disorders. We also provide support groups for family and friends.
  • The organization was established in 1985 when it was first known as the Manic-Depressive and Depressive Association (MDDA Boston).
  • In our 38th year of service, we are holding fourteen unique support groups and a daily morning mediation circle. We are also growing our creativity program and our monthly Speaker Series.
  • We now have one in-person group that meets in Boston on Thursday nights from 7 to 9 p.m.—see details here. All other DBSA Boston groups still meet on Zoom.

For a schedule of our support groups, please visit our schedules page.


Why is Membership Important?

  • DBSA Boston relies primarily upon membership dues to support its activities, which include Share Care Support Groups, Activity Circles, Speakers’ Series, group events, and DBSA Boston operations, which include the cost of our Zoom virtual rooms.
  • While not required, your membership shows your support of DBSA Boston’s mission.

Who is eligible for a Membership?

  • Anyone age 18 or older who has a mood disorder, their adult family and friends, as well as mental health advocates, clinicians, and more.

How long does Membership last?

  • Paid membership covers one full year.
  • Lifetime memberships are forever!

What comes with Membership?

DBSA Boston members in good standing are entitled to the following perks:

  • Discounts on Facilitator Training and DBSA Boston events.
  • Opportunities to give back to the community by serving as a support group facilitator and by running for positions on the Board of Directors.
  • Voting privileges in our annual DBSA Boston elections.

Membership Levels and Prices (including NEW Family Lifetime Membership!):

Student (with ID)
Family (2 adults)
Individual Lifetime
Family Lifetime (up to 6 adults)

Scholarships are available to those who need help to pay their membership dues. See below for details.

Family Lifetime Membership

A new membership level that shows your support as a whole family!

  • The membership covers up to six family members.
  • Those six family members do not need to live under the same roof (e.g. grandparents, son/daughter out of state for college).
  • To stay updated on all DBSA Boston support groups, activities, and events, we highly suggest that you provide each family member’s email address. You do not need to have this when you sign up initially.
  • Join today and support our mission as one family!

Three Ways to Obtain a DBSA Boston Membership:

Thank you for all your support! For questions about membership, email Martin@dbsaboston.org.

Last updated: 04/02/2024