Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance

National Capital Area Chapter

Weekly Update

February 18, 2024

Hello and welcome to the weekly email! If you have a suggestion or news item to share please send to [email protected] by 5:00 pm on Fridays.

Be sure to check out the chapter website at www.dbsanca.org.

Support Groups

As always, a calendar of all meetings, including zoom links, is on our site. https://www.dbsanca.org/supportgroups.html

In Person Support Groups


  • Silver Spring Group, Tuesdays at 7:00 pm​
    Silver Spring United Methodist Church
    ​8900 Georgia Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20910


  • DC Peer Group, Thursdays at 7:15 pm
    Foundry United Methodist Church
    ​1500 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20036

Virtual Support Groups


  • Peer Group, weekly on Sundays at 6:00 pm


  • Peer Group, second and fourth Mondays at 7:00 pm


  • LGBTQIA+ Peer Group, first and third Tuesdays at 7:00 pm
  • Women's Peer Group, second and fourth Tuesdays at 7:00 pm


  • Mid-Day Peer Group, Wednesdays at 12:00 pm
  • Peer Group, first and third Wednesdays at 7:00 pm


  • Peer Group, weekly on Thursdays at 7:00 pm

Unofficial Groups


  • Overspenders Group, first and third Sundays at 12:00 pm - contact Sarah if interested - [email protected]


  • Panera Social, second and fourth Wednesdays at 7:00 pm
    Panera Bread
    1780 E Jefferson St, Rockville, MD 20852


Zoom Link

If the provided link is used online, a password should be unnecessary. Please let us know of any difficulties via [email protected].

Invite link for all ZOOM PEER groups: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6625874960?pwd=TU5SZ3lkV3o4TDhDdi9lZU1jZDZMQT09

Meeting ID 662 587 4960 Passcode: dbsanca

One tap mobile +13017158592,,6625874960#,,,,,,0#,,3858633#

+13017158592,,6625874960#,,,,*3858633# US (Washington D.C)

Dial in 301-715-8592 Meeting ID: 662-587-4960 Passcode: 3858633​


Google Calendar Links

Special Events and Unofficial Groups | Peer In Person | Peer Virtual

These are the links for our Google Calendar. Our Google Calendar is the most up to date source for meeting information, including links, specific locations, and meeting policies.

DBSA National Support Groups

​​DBSA National Partnership with HeyPeers

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance | HeyPeers Here you will find meetings from DBSA including specialized groups.

DBSA National Virtual Groups Listing

Online Support Groups - Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance

DBSA NCA Chapter Announcements

Wednesday Meeting Transitioning to Twice Monthly

Our Wednesday evening virtual groups will no longer be using their legacy name starting in January; this one combined group will only meet twice on the first and third Wednesday of the month. Consult our Support Groups​ page for more details.

Facilitator and Board Openings

National is offering facilitator training. Please let us know if you would like to become a facilitator for DBSA NCA, or would like to represent the population of our chapter by filling a seat on our board, by emailing Alvin at: [email protected]The treasurer position on our board is open as of January 2024. You will be responsible for reporting bank transactions and financial activity to the board at quarterly meetings, keeping track of monthly expenses, and making transfers as necessary.

Unofficial Groups Added to the Calendar


  • Overspenders Group, first and third Sundays at 12:00 pm - contact Sarah if interested - [email protected]


  • Panera Social, second and fourth Wednesdays at 7:00 pm
    Panera Bread
    1780 E Jefferson St, Rockville, MD 20852

DBSA NCA Seeks Volunteers

DBSA NCA is seeking volunteers for the following two positions:

1. Social Media Coordinator: A social media coordinator is needed to help DBSA NCA manage its presence on its various social media platforms. Tasks include posting various items on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok and Twitter to generate positive feelings towards DBSA NCA.

2. Community Outreach Coordinator: A volunteer is needed to manage outreach to various local government and community organizations. Tasks include researching key contacts with local government and community organizations as well as scheduling meetings with key contacts at local government agencies and community organizations.

Contact: Greg Billings via email: [email protected] or 202-440-7714 if interested.

Have you Liked our Facebook Page?

https://www.facebook.com/DBSANCA/ Please like and follow us to help our outreach.

Webinars & Events

Young, Fun, and Living with Chronic/Mental Illness | Meetup Meetup Group


Next to Normal EXTENDED RUN to March 3 at Round House Theater 4545 East-West Highway, Bethesda, MD 20814 - More about this musical here: Next to Normal: Tackling Stigma on the Stage | bpHope.com

Content Warning: Next to Normal includes depictions of various mental health conditions and disorders including bipolar disorder, anxiety, and grief. The production also includes depictions and discussion of drug use, self-harm, death, and medical trauma.

Round House is in downtown Bethesda at the corner of East West Hwy and Waverly. It is about a block from the Bethesda Metro Station. The public parking garages on Waverly in the block south of the theater offer free parking on Sundays. Here is the Round House page on directions: Round House Theatre | Getting Here

Mental Health News

Weekly Articles From BP Hope

Weekly Articles From Everyday Health

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Contributions to DBSA

Donations to the National DBSA may be made through the website. https://www.dbsalliance.org/

If you have any questions or comments, please don't hesitate to contact us via email or our dedicated voicemail line, 240-780-8706​.

The DBSA NCA Web Team

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