Depression and Bipolar ​Support Alliance
​National Capital Area Chapter

Weekly Update

September 19, 2022

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

Be sure to check out the chapter website at

DBSA NCA Peer Support Meetings

We have resumed in-person meetings. See our Support Groups & Events calendar for more information.

This week the chapter will offer Zoom peer support groups as shown on our Support Groups & Events page. Please note that peer groups are for people living with depression and bipolar disorder. The Friends and Family group is for friends and family members of those living with depression or bipolar disorder (or other mental illnesses) to share the challenges of that relationship.

The Zoom connection links for groups have changed. To join peer groups, you may use the same link to access any Zoom meeting at its scheduled time. The Friends and Family group (first and third Wednesday evenings) has a different link for its meetings. If the provided link is used online, a password should be unnecessary. Please let us know of any difficulties via

See our Support Groups page for up-to-date information on in person and virtual groups.

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 Link

DBSA NCA Family and Friends Meeting

Invite link for the FAMILY & FRIENDS group:

Meeting ID: 822 9854 4216 Passcode: dbsanca

One tap mobile +13017158592,,82298544216#,,,,*6740529#

Dial in 301-715-8592 Meeting ID: 822 9854 4216 Passcode: 6740529

Google Calendar Link

News, Events, and Resources

In Person Meetings

Our chapter currently has three separate in-person support groups taking place. Two are on Thursday evenings, and operate in parallel with the 7:00 PM ET virtual Thursday group.


DEI- What's It All About?

Monday, September 19, 2022 at 5:30pm Central/ 6:30pm EST


You may have heard of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), but what exactly does each word in this acronym mean? How are these terms similar? How do they differ?  This 2-hour, foundational workshop session will define diversity, equity, and inclusion to give the participants working knowledge to apply to foster an inclusive DBSANCA organization for all.  We will discuss topics such as social identities, power, dominance, and marginalization as well as intersectionality (the framework that describes how our social identities are interconnected with larger systems of advantage and disadvantage). The session will end with case study scenarios culminating our teachings into real application that we can all use to ensure our mental health services are accessible, inclusive, and available to all, regardless of background.

Register in advance for this meeting:

Note: this is only for people associated with our chapter, and limited to 50 persons.


DBSA NCA Speaker Series Talks by Dr. Jacobsen and Dr. Gao are now live to view at your leisure on our website under Speakers Series.

Diagnosis and Treatment of Biopoloar Disorder: What Patients and Families Should Know Dr. Gao

Surviving & Thriving: Covid, War, Stress & Despair by Dr. Jacobsen

Identification of Symptom-Specific Brain Circuit Abnormalities in Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder | Brain & Behavior Research Foundation

DBSA National Statement on Gun Violence

The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance acknowledges the heaviness many people around the country are feeling in the wake of the recent mass shootings. Click here to read full statement.

National DBSA Annual Report 2021

Gain a closer look at the impact our chapter’s support has had on those
living with depression and bipolar disorder. Through education, support,
and action, the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, along with our
community of mental health advocates, is lighting the way for wellness
for more people than ever before.


The Medicare patient resource center is on a mission to help people with
disabilities get the most out of the Medicare program (note: they do not
sell or provide healthcare plans). They have published a comprehensive
guide to understanding eligibility, coverage, and, most importantly, how to
navigate the enrollment process.

The NIMH Monthly Newsletter

Sign up for the latest mental health news, research advances, upcoming
events, publications, clinical trials, meeting summaries, and more. In
addition to the email newsletter and RSS updates, please also visit
NIMH on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube, where they highlight Science
Updates, Press Releases, and other timely matters. 

Further Reading on Bipolar

Psych Congress: Bipolar Disorder Across the Spectrum: Novel Screening Tools and Treatment Options | HMP Education

Screening and Treatment of Illnesses

Psych Congress: Bipolar Disorder Across the Spectrum: Novel Screening Tools and Treatment Options | HMP Education

Safety of t-PBM, A Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation Technology That Uses Light to Treat Depression & Anxiety


Registration is now open for the The DBSA Summit. It will take place virtually October 10 - 14th. This year’s summit is packed with informative, engaging sessions designed to equip our community with the education and tools needed to impact change at the individual, local, state, and national levels. Fun events planned: a movie screening, an Off-Broadway night, a virtual game session, a guided meditation, and a cooking class.

Link to Register: 2022 DBSA Summit

Info on this year’s summit:


A conversation with DBSA co-founder Rose Kurland

A Spotify podcast interview with DBSA co-founder Rose Kurland, who takes us back to the fall of 1978, when six people gathered in her living room in Glencoe, Illinois. This small but enthusiastic group laid the foundation for the life-changing work that reaches across 35 years. Rose shares highlights from DBSA's earliest years in a conversation with communications director Betsey O'Brien, giving us a glimpse of the friends, colleagues, and medical partners who have fueled decades of hope and progress for people with mood disorders.

You can learn more about DBSA's origins by checking out the timeline.

Suicide Prevention- Two Personal Stories

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Suicide is among the leading causes of death in the United States. Click Here to read two personal stories and find information and resources to manage thoughts of suicide, create a crisis plan, and identify warning signs in others.

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), Trauma, and Mental Health

ACE’s are traumatic experiences during childhood (from birth to 18-years-old) which can have a lifelong effect on mental health. Examples include experiencing or witnessing abuse, neglect, or violence in early life. Learn more about impacts risk factors, and prevention.

DBSA Wellness Wheel - Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance

Virtual Peer Support Legislation Advances in U.S House: Is Your Healthcare Team Treating Toward Wellness?

DBSA Podcast Shares Inspiration and Compassion - Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance

Free Will is dedicated to helping people who live with mood disorders ensure security for their loved ones.


National DBSA will offer facilitator training in September. California is offering three relatively short programs over the summer. They cost $25.00 for out-of-staters, but include a $25.00 gift card for those who complete them and do the evaluation.


Older Adults Living with Depression AND Chronic Physical Health Conditions


Free Will is dedicated to helping people who live with mood disorders ensure security for their loved ones.


For those addressing substance abuse issues, CHOICES Trauma Informed 12 Step Peer Support Group (Mondays, 6:30 - 7:30 PM Eastern)
offers an alternative to traditional AA/NA 12 step programs.


Arlington Department of Human Services: A Virtual Conversation on Hope, Healing, and Recovery with Kevin Hines, in recognition of Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and Recovery Month

September 28th, 2022 6:00pm – 7:30pm

Kevin Hines is a storyteller and best-selling author. In 2000, he attempted to take his life by jumping off of the Golden Gate Bridge. He is one of only 36 to survive that fall. He now travels the world sharing his story of hope, healing, and recovery while teaching people of all ages about wellness and how to survive pain through resilience. 

Kevin’s compelling story has touched audiences across the world. The Arlington Department of Human Services is pleased to bring Kevin to our community - as part of Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and Recovery Month - so his story can touch your life as well.

Register today to join this free, live, virtual event on Wednesday, September 28th at 6:00pm.

NOTE:  The topic of suicide will be discussed which some viewers may find triggering. Clinical staff will be on hand virtually to provide support.

If you are not available for the live virtual event, consider joining us for an in-person viewing of the recorded presentation on September 30 at 12noon, or October 3 at 7pm. Register to view the recorded presentation here


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Overcoming Guilt and Shame—Through the Ups & Downs of Bipolar |

Living with Bipolar Disorder & Dealing with Overwhelming Changes |

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In Health,

The DBSA NCA Web Team