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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 deMarneffe Building cafeteria.
For more info about groups click here.   For directions to McLean Hospital click here.

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)

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
July 19- DBSA Cookout

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    The Museum of Science Presents
    Many Faces of Our Mental Health
    May 27-December 31, 2017
    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.


    NAMI Walk May 13, 2017 DBSA Boston had a great day at the NAMI WAlk. Many members showed up. The weather held up and every one have a spectacular time. We have raised $7092 so far. Lillian was the Captain and she led us all in a walk for mental illness. There are other pictures from that day.
    Click on this link for more pictures.
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    Work and Coping Group
    Starting in June 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!

     

    May 10 2017 DBSA was very pleased to host the Volunteer Musicians for the Arts. They played 7 overtures led by our own Jonathan Yasuda. Everyone enjoyed the music greatly. Please listen to the music on our website.

    We have captured the audio portion of 10 speakers that go back to April 2016. Please enjoy these speakers again.

    Click on this link for more information.

     

    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 our organization for over 34 years. He has been volunteering 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.

    Click on this link for Everett’s story

    We hope that other members of DBSA will join Everett in telling us the organization’s history from their own view.


     ↑  Click on the ► symbol, above left, to play the audio portion of the talk.

    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.
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    The Mill St. Open Mic Session
    Every 5th Wednesday of the Month
    To 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!

     

     

    DBSA Boston 30th Anniversary LogoPlease visit our 30th Anniversary page. We had a great time on October 21, 2015. Click on the following link. to rejoin the party.

     

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

     

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    Summer Calendar:
    June 07: Candidates Night
    Read Candidates’ statements.
    June 07: We Share – Featured Performers Showcase
    See activities.
    June 14: Annual Meeting and Election of Board of Directors Officers and Members
    See activities.
    July 19: Annual Cookout!
    See activities.
    August 09: “Resilience,” Come listen to some of our young adults share their experiences and resilience in the face of challenges and obstacles.
    See speakers.
    August 30: Mill Street Open Mic
    See activities.

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