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.



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open mic
The Mill St. Open Mic Session
Every 5th Wednesday of the Month
Starting August 31st
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!


The Nami Walk Sunday May 14 was a huge success. There were over 60 members from DBSA Boston present. We raised close to $6000. Everyone had a great time. Most everybody got to pose for this picture.The co-captains were Lillian and Kenny.

podcastDBSA Boston announces it’s first Podcast webpage. We will be presenting the audio portion of the speaker series. Come join us. Click on the following link. to listen to the speakers.


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:
March 09: “Savory Self-Love,” Pam Garramone, MEd (Positive Psychology Speaker, Coach)
Read about the speaker.
March 23: “Tell Your Story,” Bill Lichtenstein
Read about the speaker.
March 30: Sexual harassment education workshop,
5:45-6:45pm Rm132
Read more about this workshop.
April 01: Deadline for 2016 Board Nominations
Read the Nominations Notice.
April 03: Foundations Workshop in Facilitating Peer Support, led by Chuck Weinstein, LMHC, CPS
Registration deadline is March 30. Read more about the training.
April 08: NAMI Mass. Advocacy Day. See activities.
April 13: “The Groove & the Thrive,” CD launch and concert, Jason Scolnick: Note! Music starts at 6:30 p.m.
Read about the speaker.
April 20: Ice Cream Social! See activities.
April 27: “Town Meeting,” DBSA-Boston President, VP, and Board members Read about the Town Meeting.
May 11: “Empathic Crisis Intervention,” Mark J. Dutra
Read about the speaker.
May 14: NAMI Boston Walk See activities.
May 25: “The Power of Holistic Design – Where Ancient Practice, Neuroscience and Interior Design,”
Denyne Sanville, owner Denyne Designs LLC
Read about the speaker.

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