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Regional MDDA and DBSA Support Groups

Numerous MDDA and DBSA groups meet in the Greater Boston area, usually on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. The list below reflects our best information at this time. Group Leaders, please contact webmaster with any changes. Thank you!
bearpaw = Family and friends welcome to attend!

Location Time Description
Depression and manic-depression support groups meet in Danbury, Farmington, Naugatuck, Norwich, Orange, Portland, Stratford, Wallingford, and Windsor. General mental health groups for those with anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, and/or relationship problems meet in Danbury (women only), Meriden, Waterbury/Mattatuck, and West Hartford.
Contact the Mental Health Association of Connecticut at 860-529-1970 ext 15 or 800-842-1501 ext 15 (CT only).

Contact Peter Flierl 203-651-8282. Web site . Email

DBSA Southbridge/Sturbridge
in Wauregan CT bearpaw

Every Monday 1-2:30 pm Contact Janna Haas-Dietrich 508-765-4895 or email: Web:
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Location Time Description
Augusta Every Wednesday 6:00-8:00 pm Meets at Richardson Hollow Mental Health Services, 331 State St. Contact the office at 207-621-1802
Portland bearpaw Every Monday
7:00 - 9:00 pm
Meets at the Maine Medical Center, Dana Education Center Room 2. 207-871-1030. Web site
Rumford Every Thursday
6:00 - 8:00 pm
Meets at 431 Franklin Street. Contact office: 207-364-2495
Saco/York County bearpaw Every Monday
7:00 - 9:00 pm
Meets at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church Parish Hall, 271 Main Street. Contact Michael Arenstam, 2 Lyman Ave, #11, Saco ME 04072 207-283-9375
Location Time Description
Every Tuesday 7:00-9:00 pm

Newcomers’ meetings at 6:30 pm

DBSA-Attleboro meetings take place at the Hillside Adult Day Health Center, 50 Walton Street, Attleboro. Email us or call 508-222-7525 ext 407.


MDDA Belmont bearpaw

Every Monday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 1:30 to 3:30 pm  Wed. evenings 7-9 p.m. Meets at the de Marneffe Cafeteria, McLean Hospital, 115 Mill Street, Belmont. Lectures from 7-8 pm on 2nd & 4th Wednesdays of the month. Variety of groups including Newcomers, Young Adults, Women's, and Friends & Families.

Contact the MDDA office at 617-855-2795 or 617-855-3665 (infoline). For directions call 617-855-2000 ext. 7000

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Every Friday
2:00 - 4:00 pm

Meets at The Carl J. Shapiro Institute, Room #247.
330 Brookline Avenue, Boston, MA
Contact: Dennis Hagler E-mail:

Boston bearpawMDDA/Downtown
Massachusetts General Hospital
Every Tuesday and Thursday, 7:00 to 9:0 pm.

Meets at the Yawkey Center for Outpatient Care at Massachusetts General Hospital, 4th Floor, Suite 4A, Schiff Conference Center Room 4, Boston , MA.
The Yawkey Center is less than 100 yards from the Charles/MGH Red line stop.  To join our email list and for further information contact Paul at or contact MDDA at 617-855-2795

Every Thursday 1:30-3:00 pm
Seniors' Group meets at the Senior Center, 1475 Massachusetts Avenue. Contact Rhona at 617-965-3630
Natick bearpaw 1st & 3rd Thursdays
7:30 - 9:00 pm
Meets at the First Congregational Church, 2 East Central Street. Contact: Diane Grainger at 508-820-4352 or Don Jessen at 978-443-6803.
DBSA Nashua bearpaw Every Thursday
7:00 - 9:00 pm
Meets at the Church of the Good Shepherd at 214 Main St. Nashua, NH. For directions or information email or call Christiane Starks at (603) 889-6712 or Tom Doucette at (603) 882-7762 .  Web site is:
DBSA-New Bedford Every Thursday
7:00 to 9:00 pm
Newcomers' at 6:30 pm
Meets at the First Congregational Church, 34 Center Street, Fairhaven, MA. See, email:, or call DBSA-Attleboro at 508-222-7525 extension 407
Pembroke bearpaw Every Thursday
7:00 - 9:00 pm
Meets at Pembroke Hospital, East II Conference Room. 199 Oak Street. Directions: 781-826-8161 Info Line: 781-829-7211 or Ellen Boley 508-746-3299..
Springfield DBSA/Western MA.  NEW!!!

Every Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.

Meets in the Downstairs Conference Room, Chicopee Public Library, 449 Front Street, Chicopee, MA. Contact Renee Champagne at 413-626-7627 or

DBSA of Southbridge/Sturbridge

2 groups for those with Mood Disorders and family and friends:
--Wednesdays at 7 p.m. at Brookside Terrace Community Room, 11 Village Dr., Southbridge, MA 01550
--Mondays from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at United Services, 303 Putnam Avenue., Wauregan, CT

1 Dual Diagnosis Group: Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m.

Contact: Janna Haas-Dietrich  Phone: 1-508-765-4895 ; E-mail: Website is:
Wareham 4th Thursday of the month from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Call Lisa Leblanc at 508-212-9447 or email her at for information on support groups in the South Coast area.
Westwood   Currently, there are no support groups in Westwood.
Worcester bearpaw Every Monday
7:00 - 9:00 pm (sometimes longer depending on how many people need to speak)
Meets at UMass Memorial Medical Center, University campus, 55 Lake Ave North, Worcester, MA 01655 (free parking available). Contact Tracy Levin 774-262-5907 or Email:; Website is:

New Hampshire
Location Time Description
Lebanon/Upper Valleybearpaw Every Thursday 6:00 - 8:00 pm Meets at 209 Glen Road Plaza, West Lebanon. 603-632-7493
DBSA Nashuabearpaw Every Thursday
7:00 - 9:00 pm
Meets at the Church of the Good Shepherd at 214 Main St. Nashua, NH. For directions or information email or call Tom Doucette at (603) 882-7762 or Christine Starks at (603) 930-5920.  Web site is:
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Rhode Island
Location Time Description
Providence bearpaw Every Tuesday
7:00 - 9:00 pm

3rd Saturdays
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Meets at Butler Hospital, Ray Conference Center 2nd floor, 345 Blackstone Blvd. Contact Jim McNulty at 401-254-2572 or 401-455-6338.
Wakefield/South County bearpaw 1st Thursdays
7:00 - 9:00 pm
Meets at South Shore Community Mental Health Center, 55 Cherry Lane. Contact Jim McNulty at 401-254-2572 or 401-455-6338.

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*Contact the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) at 1-800-826-3632 for information on DBSA groups meeting outside of New England MDDA support groups, drop-in groups, and most lectures are free to all who wish to attend.

Please be aware that the above lists reflect the latest information as we know it. Please email webmaster or call the MDDA office at 617-855-2795 with updates to your support group. Comments and suggestions are also most welcome. Thank you!

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Email or Contact us at 617-855-2795
Our Office Hours: Tues-Wed-Thurs, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Hotline services are available through other organizations
PO Box 102. 115 Mill Street. Belmont, MA 02478. Fax: 617-855-3666
Last Update: November 19, 2006

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