Support at McLean

McLean hosts a number of local and national organizations which offer resources for individuals with mental health conditions. Support from these organizations can include self-help groups, access to informational resources, peer interaction and support, family and friend support groups, and assistance with community resources such as job coaching and life skills education.

Please Note

At this time, McLean Hospital is not hosting in-person support groups, including DBSA, AA, and SMART Recovery, until further notice. We know these groups are important and valuable to the McLean community and we look forward to hosting them in the future.

Please contact each organization for the status of or access to online meetings.

Community Organizations

Cole Resource Center
The Cole Resource Center’s mission is to partner with individuals and family members on their mental health journeys. Staff have experience in facing mental health challenges and navigating the pathway to healthy and productive living. They share with others their knowledge of resources and offer community. The center’s support is welcomed by many as a valuable complement to clinical care.

Cole Resource Center services include custom referrals to mental health resources, support groups, and the workforce development program. The workforce program provides job coaching for those seeking to return to employment after a mental health interruption, addressing the specific challenges faced by job hunters in recovery. All Cole Resource Center services are provided free of charge. Visit their website for more information.

DBSA Boston
The Depression Bipolar Support Alliance of Boston is a self-help organization run by and for people with depression and bipolar disorder, and for family and friends of those with these disorders. DBSA members come together to share support and information with others in similar situations.

Visit the DBSA website to learn more about upcoming community events and available resources like support groups, lectures book club, and a comprehensive local service directory.

Self-Help Groups

To complement McLean programs and encourage individuals’ initiatives in their own recovery, many self-help groups are held on McLean’s Belmont campus.


Alcoholics Anonymous
Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, 8pm
Saturdays, 12pm (noon)
Call 617.426.9444 for information

Family Support & Education Group
Second Saturday of each month, 1-5pm

Nar-Anon Family Group
Mondays, excluding holidays, 7:45-9:15pm
Call 781.245.6784 for information

SMART (Self Management And Recovery Training)
Mondays, 7pm
Call 617.945.1562 for more information

Depression and Anxiety

DBSA Boston (Depression Bipolar Support Alliance of Boston)
Drop-in groups: Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, 1:30-3:30pm
Weekly meeting: Wednesdays, 7-9pm
Office hours: Tuesday-Thursday, 10am-4pm
Call 617.855.2795 for information

ECT Support Group
Patients, families, friends, and those contemplating ECT treatment are welcome to attend
Last Tuesday of each month, 5-6pm
Location: Online only
Call 617.855.2355 for more information

OCD Massachusetts
Two groups with varying schedule, 1-2 times per month
Location: Online only
For virtual meeting schedule and access, email the goals group or the support group

WellSpace at McLean

WellSpace provides therapeutic, recreational, and educational groups for young adults ages 18-30 who have had psychosis. The team is devoted to providing fun and interesting activities to foster positive social interactions and movement in recovery.

Group sessions include topics such as brain training, integrated wellness, hearing voices, meditation, peer support, game therapy, building resilience, and more.

There is no attendance policy, so individuals can join our drop-in groups at will.

The program is located in the WellSpace room on the ground floor of the Admissions Building at McLean. Please note if you need a PT-1 to get to McLean, we can help you set that up. There is also virtual programming which participants can participate in from home.

Join a Group

WellSpace is free of cost to all participants and insurance is not required.

For more information or to inquire about joining a group, please contact Steve Fedele, CPS, at 617.855.4214 or via email or fill out and submit the form below.