Depression and Bipolar ​Support Alliance
​National Capital Area Chapter

Weekly Update

June 19, 2022

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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 now has three different in-person peer support groups taking place.

Two on Thursday evenings, and operate in parallel with the 7:00 PM ET virtual Thursday group.

The Beltsville group has moved to a hybrid meeting structure. It will continue to meet virtually at 7:00 PM ET on the second Monday of each month. The fourth Monday of the month, also at 7:00 PM ET, will be an in-person meeting at the Emmanuel United Methodist Church at 11416 Cedar Lane, Beltsville, MD.

The Montgomery County peer support group is still considering when it may return to in-person meetings.


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University of Maryland study for teens with mood disorders
and their parents

The University of Maryland School of Pharmacy is conducting a study to test whether mobile health technologies can be used to measure response to antidepressant treatment in adolescents. 

To qualify for the study, teens ages 12-17 must have a mood disorder, be currently treated with antidepressants and have access to a smartphone or tablet. To participate email or call  410-706-4369. 

Teens will be asked to use a Fitbit (activity tracker) and a mobile app for four weeks. Parents will be asked to use a version of the app specific to them. At the conclusion of the study teens will keep the Fitbit, and parents may receive compensation up to $300. No treatments will be provided in this study.


On WETA, Monday, June 27th, at 9:00 PM. HIDING IN PLAIN SIGHT: YOUTH MENTAL ILLNESS, Part 1 of 2. THE STORM Explores America's mental health crisis through the eyes of more than 20 young people and the providers, advocates, family and friends who support them. Two hours long.

On Tuesday, June 28th at  9:00 PM, Part 2 of 2 RESILIENCE. Our "heroes" speak about finding help, inpatient and outpatient therapy, the added stigma of racial or gender discrimination, and the criminalization of mental illness and youth suicide. Two hours long. 


DBSA announces the passing of Dr. Jan Fawcett, the founding Medical Advisor

DBSA Mourns the Loss of Dr. Jan Fawcett, First Medical Advisor - Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance


The DBSA Summit will now take place virtually October 10 - 14th. Participate in mental health learning sessions, hear from peers and experts. Topics covered: Peer Engagement, Support Group and Chapter Leadership, and Basic and Advanced Facilitator Training. Also learn how DBSA is supporting children, teens, young adults, parents, and caregivers, and much more. Keep an eye on your inbox and social media for program details and registration links!

Check out some of the sessions from last year.


June 19, 2021 marks the 156th anniversary of the last slaves being freed in the US, which occurred in Texas. President Biden signed into law the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act this year, creating a new federal holiday. This is the first federal holiday for African Americans since Martin Luther King Jr. Day was created in 1983. Juneteenth is central to Black Americans' mental health and well-being as this day defines Black humanity and liberation. For more information on this holiday, please refer to this link. Learn more about the importance of equity in mental health for the Black American community by reading  Vanessa's story


Older Adults Living with Depression AND Chronic Physical Health Conditions



On Thursday, July 21, 2002, Dr. Keming Gao MD, PhD and Director of Mood Disorders  Program at UH Cleveland Medical Center, will speak on "Diagnosis and Treatment of Bipolar Disorder: What patients and families should know" Info on registering and connecting via Zoom coming soon.



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.


The Department of Behavioral Health & Consumer & Family Affairs is pleased to announce the new 2022 Certified Peer Specialist (CPS) Training Class. To apply please complete the application in this link. The deadline to apply is at Noon on Friday, July 1, 2022.

 Peer Specialist Certification Program



"Bending The Binary: Contemporary Concepts For Gender & Mental Health Services" presented by Mental Health America on Wednesday, June 22 at 3:30 PM EDT

Bending the Binary: Contemporary Concepts for Gender & Mental Health Services

Video: New Developments in a Blood test for Bipolar

Development of a Combined Digital and Biomarker Test for Bipolar Disorder


Video and Text: “Four Ways Not to React To Someone With Depression or Crisis & Healthier Alternatives” from DBSA California.



The Dos and Don’ts of Mastering Your Hypomania “Dragon” |

How to Be Your Own “Bipolar Detective” |

7 Strategies to Outsmart Summer Mania |

How to Prevent Stigma from Sabotaging Your Stability |

Best Apps to De-Stress & Ease Your Mind

Bipolar & Achieving Goals with the Help of My Puppy

How Can You Tell When You’re Well with Bipolar Disorder? |

Combining Antidepressants Can Improve Outcomes in Patients with Severe Depression, Study Finds

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