Depression and Bipolar ​Support Alliance
​National Capital Area Chapter

Weekly Update

December 3, 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, 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


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 National Partnership with HeyPeers

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

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; and 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]


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

DBSA NCA Unofficial (Chapter Affiliated) Group

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.

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Contributions to DBSA

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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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