DEFINITION: An observer is someone who does not have an affective illness such as Depression or Bipolar Disorder, and is not a family or friend of someone with the illness. Examples are: students, researchers, or other members of the public who may want to learn about our groups.
Due to the nature of our peer support program, where persons in the same situation share together as equals and agree to maintain confidentiality, our regular support groups are closed to all observers.
However, if requested, an observation group can be set up for observers to attend. An Observation Group is a group whose participants are MDDA members who agree to being observed.
Those interested may call the MDDA office at 617-855-2795. Please identify yourself, leave a number where you can be reached and include your reason for wanting to observe a support group. Someone will schedule a date and time if your request is approved by the Share/Care Committee Officers.