DBSA Greater Hartford a/k/a The Nomad Chapter

a 501(c)(3) non-profit run by and for people with mood disorders who live in Connecticut or who have no fixed location.

Substituting Phone Meetings for In-Person Meetings Due to Corona Virus

We are temporarily replacing both our in-person meetings with phone meetings with optional video. However, we feel it is CRITICAL that we continue to support each other and that we should not miss even one week of meeting in some form. Remember that we all go to the meetings not just for ourselves, but to support others. Even if you strongly prefer in-person meetings we ask that you participate in our phone/video meetings during this period when the need for your support is increasing.

To join this meeting using any phone (preferably a landline or a cell phone with good signal strength) dial
855-552-4463 and enter the meeting code 9796 97 0554 followed by the pound sign (#).

We are taking Corona virus very seriously. While in-person meetings are absolutely the best way to provide peer support, they are not at all accessible to those who need us MOST — responsible people who have been exposed to Corona virus and are self quarantining, as well as people over 60 and other high-risk individuals who are following CDC advice and staying home.

Beginning the week of March 15, 2020, we will have a single weekly meeting by phone Wednesday night at 7 p.m. Neither our Monday nor our Wednesday meeting will be held at the Institute. All our local members, including those who normally meet with Bonnie on Mondays, are encouraged to dial in. New members are also VERY welcome to dial in as well.

The following week we will also offer video capability to those who wish to try it.

As soon as the CDC changes the recommendations for people at high risk we plan to resume in–person meetings.

Tell Us Your Preferences

Please use our registration form to let us know your preference for meetings, groups, events, etc.


Hartford - Monday Lunch Hour Group - cancelled until CDC Guidelines change

An intimate support group in a smaller room at the Institute of Living. People with mood disorders and their friends and family are welcome.  Free and no registration required.  Click for more info, including a campus map showing the correct building.

Hartford - Wednesday Night Group - Cancelled Until CDC Guidelines Change

This group meets in a larger room and the number of attendees varies widely from week to week.  Friends and family are welcome, all meetings are free, and no registration is required. Click here for more information, including examples of topics we discuss and a campus map showing our building. 

Danbury Group

 We’re adding a support group that will meet in Danbury sometime after the Corona Virus problem abates.  Watch this space!!!

Nomad Services

Our chapter has expanded its scope to include those people who are underserved by the locale-centric organization of DBSA chapters.  In addition to serving our local population we also serve the population of people who do not live in a fixed location and offer services that are comfortable for those living a very different, mobile lifestyle.  This expands the number of chapter participants and increases our opportunities to help more people, recruit more volunteers, and raise the money necessary to keep the chapter afloat.  As with everything we do, helping others helps us.  Click here for more information on our nomad services.

Holiday Hangouts

Want some friendly company on the holiday?  Both nomads and locals can Join us by phone (with optional video) both Thanksgiving and Christmas .  Open to all.  Come and go when it works for you. See our calendar for dial-in info that will be added as each holiday grows near.

Local Meetings and Events Calendar


DBSA envisions wellness for people living with depression and bipolar disorder.



DBSA provides hope, help, support, and education to improve the lives of people who have mood disorders.

Values and . . .

Community—DBSA creates the opportunity for meaningful lives by compassionately engaging with individuals and providing peer-led support groups, educational materials, and wellness tools that focus on resiliency, achievement, creativity, and connection.

Inspiration—DBSA celebrates peers’ accomplishments, including those of the many talented, successful individuals recognized by the public for their contributions to the world.

More Values

Wisdom—DBSA advances learning through research and experience while promoting a transformative understanding of mental health through wide, timely dissemination of information about the latest treatments, wellness practices, and lived experiences.

Responsibility—DBSA advocates for the right of peers to choose their own paths to mental, emotional, and physical wellness while promoting structures and practices that advance whole health and accessible care for everyone.