Depression and Bipolar ​Support Alliance
​National Capital Area Chapter

Weekly Update

November 12, 2023

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Be sure to check out the chapter website at

Support Groups

As always, a calendar of all meetings, including zoom links, is on our site.

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
  • (Formerly Ellicott City*) Peer Group, first and third Wednesdays at 7:00 pm
  • (Formerly Montgomery County*) Peer Group, second and fourth Wednesdays at 7:00 pm


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

*locations here denote in-person origin; you are welcome to join any appropriate virtual peer group regardless of location.


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:

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 | 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 & Local Alternative Support Groups for Youth and Loved Ones

DBSA National offers New Groups for Parents & Caregivers

DBSA Baltimore

Family and Loved Ones Group meets twice monthly. For more details, contact: Lou Borowicz, group facilitator: [email protected], 410-467-4709

DBSA National Partnership with HeyPeers

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

DBSA NCA Chapter Announcements

Happy Thanksgiving!

Meetings will NOT be taking place on Thanksgiving, 11/23. The Wednesday noon and evening meetings WILL take place on 11/22.

COVID Notification

One of the members of our Thursday in person group at Foundry UMC on 11/9 has tested positive for COVID. Please take appropriate action for your health if you attended this meeting.

Board and Facilitators Meetings

DBSA NCA Board and Facilitators meetings will take place on Saturday, December 2. Among issues to address is the subsumption of the Baltimore DBSA chapter into our chapter. Please let us know if you have any additional issues, questions, or concerns by letting your facilitator know, or you can email Alvin at: [email protected].


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? Please like and follow us to help our outreach.

Webinars & Events

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

For Suicide Loss Survivors: National Capital Area Survivor Day Events | American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (multiple events)

Mental Health News

DBSA NCA Unofficial (Chapter Affiliated) Groups

DBSA NCA Unofficial Book Club: Now meeting Tuesdays at 7:15pm. For more details, contact us by email.

Our unofficial DBSA NCA book club is reading An Unquiet Mind by Kay Redfield Jamison starting October 24, 2023.

A deeply powerful memoir about bipolar illness that has both transformed and saved lives—with a new preface by the author.

Dr. Jamison is one of the foremost authorities on manic-depressive (bipolar) illness; she has also experienced it firsthand. For even while she was pursuing her career in academic medicine, Jamison found herself succumbing to the same exhilarating highs and catastrophic depressions that afflicted many of her patients, as her disorder launched her into ruinous spending sprees, episodes of violence, and an attempted suicide.

Here Jamison examines bipolar illness from the dual perspectives of the healer and the healed, revealing both its terrors and the cruel allure that at times prompted her to resist taking medication.

DBSA NCA Unofficial Overspenders Group: Now Meeting first and third Sundays at 12:00 pm (noon)

Email Sarah ([email protected]) if you are interested in joining.

Weekly Articles From BP Hope

Weekly Articles From Everyday Health

9 Reasons You Have No Energy

An End of Daylight Saving Time Survival Guide

Fall and Winter Foods for Depression

Can Loneliness Cause Depression?

Mood Swings or Bipolar Disorder? How to Tell the Difference

Why Time Off Is Good for Your Health

Memory Loss in Bipolar Disorder: Why It Happens

Is High-Functioning Depression a Real Diagnosis?

Depression's Effect on Your Appetite - Major Depression Resource Center

Which Medications Are Best for Anxiety Disorders?

5 Common Bipolar Disorder Medication Issues

Oversleeping: Signs, Complications, and Outlook

Seasonal Affective Disorder: Symptoms, Causes, Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention

Can Living Alone Make You Feel Depressed?

How to Start a Self-Care Routine You’ll Follow

Psychologists’ Morning Tips for a Happier, Less-Stressed Day

10 Ways to Boost Your Emotional Health

Understanding and Managing How Schizoaffective Disorder is Different From Bipolar: Diagnosis and Treatment

How Does Depression Affect the Brain?

What Is a Good Morning Routine?

What Does Your Gut Have to Do With ADHD?

I Tried Ketamine Therapy for Depression. Here’s What I Learned.

What to Do About Feeling Sad: 9 Psychologist-Backed Tips

Do People With Schizophrenia Have an Increased Suicide Risk?

What to Do When You You're Not Being Heard by Your Partner

Gaslighting: Definition and How to Know If It’s Happening to You

10 Most Common Triggers for Bipolar Mood Episodes

6 Tips for Healthy Eating When You’re Depressed

What Should You Avoid Saying to Someone With ADHD?

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