Depression and Bipolar ​Support Alliance
​National Capital Area Chapter

Weekly Update

March 5, 2023

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

Support Groups

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

In Person Support Groups


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


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

Virtual Support Groups


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


  • Beltsville 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
  • Montgomery County Peer Group, second and fourth Wednesdays at 7:00 pm


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


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#

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 & DBSA Virginia Support Groups 

DBSA National offers New Groups for Parents & Caregivers

DBSA Virginia

There is a virtual family group meeting each Tuesday and Thursday at 7:30 PM. Please contact John Gulka of DBSA Virginia ( in advance to arrange attendance: [email protected], 703-967-5642

DBSA NCA Chapter Announcements

Board and Facilitators Meeting - Saturday, March 11

The chapter's Board and Facilitators will hold their next quarterly meeting in-person as a joint event to discuss support group issues, growth and sustainability of the chapter and other key issues. It will occur on Saturday, March 11 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Silver Spring United Methodist Church at 8900 Georgia Avenue in Silver Spring.

If you have any questions or concerns about current support groups, or suggestions for future activities that you would like the chapter leadership to consider, please reach out to an appropriate facilitator or Board member. Comments can also be sent to [email protected]. Also let us know if you would wish to present any ideas or concerns in person.


Support Group Updates

The Oxon Hill meeting has been suspended indefinitely.

The Silver Spring meeting meets in the Chapel of the building. It is accessed via the office entrance, which is 20 feet to the left of the main doors to the parking lot. The start of meeting weekly has been delayed to March. Stay tuned for more information.


DBSA NCA Seeks Volunteers

DBSA NCA is seeking volunteers for the following position:

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.

From National DBSA

Honoring Women and Spreading Awareness - This Women’s History Month, DBSA is sharing the stories of important women in our community, beginning with our co-founder Rose Kurland. As we celebrate and uplift these incredible women, we also recognize the disparities and challenges women face when it comes to mental health. In addition, March 30th is World Bipolar Day. We have gathered resources and toolkits to help you as we move through the month.


Tips for Addressing Your Mood Disorder

One of the topics that is frequently discussed at our DBSA support group meetings is employment. How do I address my mood disorder at work? Should I tell my supervisor/co-workers about my condition? What accommodations are available to me? What are the options when I apply for a position?

DBSA National has addressed many of these concerns on their website - - check it out for more information.

News, Articles, Studies, Resources, Webinars

DBSA NCA Reading: New and Recommended Books

Weekly Reading Links

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Contributions to DBSA

Donations to the National DBSA may be made through the website.

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