Depression and Bipolar ​Support Alliance
​National Capital Area Chapter

Weekly Update

October 31, 2021

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 Friday.

Be sure to check out the chapter website at

DBSA NCA Peer Support Meetings

A special chapter board meeting the weekend of October 17th considered the matter of resuming in-person group meetings. It decided that the chapter groups that previously had in-person meetings may consider returning to in-person meetings or offering some combination of in-person and virtual meetings. The Thursday evening groups (DC and Oxon Hill) expect to make plans to resume in-person meetings in November or December, while virtual Thursday evening meetings are planned to continue. Other groups are delaying decisions for now. In person meetings will follow all procedures and guidelines recommended or required by national health agencies, the relevant local government, and the host institutions.

This week the chapter will offer Zoom peer support groups as shown below. 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 group locations indicated below for virtual groups denote where these groups have met previously, and will probably return; however some groups will remain virtual indefinitely. Peers may opt to participate in any of the peer groups. The Zoom connection links for groups have changed for 2021. To join peer groups you use the same link to access any 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 email.

Sunday Evening Zoom Peer Support Group Meeting

Sunday, October 31, 2021 at 6:00 PM Eastern Time

Beltsville Zoom Peer Support Group Meeting
No meeting this week

LGBTQIA+ Zoom Peer Support Group Meeting
Tuesday November 2, 2021 at 7:00 PM Eastern Time

Women’s Zoom Peer Support Group Meeting
No meeting this week

Mid-Day Zoom Peer Support Group Meeting                            Wednesday, November 3, 2021 at 12:00 Noon Eastern Time

Montgomery County Zoom Peer Support Group Meeting
No meeting this week

Southern PG Peer Support Group Meeting (In Person)
No meeting this week.

Thursday DC Peer Support Group Meeting (In Person)
No meeting this week.

Thursday Zoom Peer Support Group Meeting
Thursday, November 4, 2021 at 7:00 PM Eastern Time (gather from 6:45)

Sunday Evening Zoom Peer Support Group Meeting
Sunday, November 7, 2021 at 6:00 PM Eastern Time

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​

DBSA NCA Family and Friends Meeting

Family & Friends Meeting
No meeting this week

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

Call for Web Volunteers & Feedback

The Web Team is currently seeking administrative volunteers to help with putting out weekly newsletters and maintenance on the website. If you would like to help or provide feedback on these newsletters and the website, please reach out to [email protected]. Your assistance is most welcome and appreciated.

We Need Your Likes!

Our chapter now has a Facebook Page - please go to and click to “Like” the page. We will be using this to push out information about the chapter and mood disorder resources that you will find helpful. You can also use this page to share with friends and family who are looking for support. Our goal is to get 100 new likes in the next month so check it out!

News From National DBSA

Facilitator Training - National DBSA will be offering virtual training in most upcoming months, involving three required two or three hour sessions. Our chapter is offering more groups than it has in the past, and would very much appreciate having more trained facilitators who could sometimes lead them. If interested, please inform one of our chapter facilitators and/or contact Jill Burgos at [email protected]

September 2021 eUpdate - Supporting Our Community 

DBSA recently released its 2020 Annual Report - learn all about the incredible work of DBSA over the past year. 

I’m Living Proof: A Letter to My Younger Self

National DBSA Wellness Wheel

DBSA Wellness Toolbox

Mental Health Screening Center 

8 Tips on Setting Boundaries for Your Mental Health - DBSA

Ten Grounding Strategies To Help You Redirect Your Thoughts

Suicide Prevention Information

Online Events Outside of DBSA

Our Future in Mind - Mental Health Summit, MHA                      Streaming November 5th and 6th Beginning at 5PM                                  Our Future In Mind - Mental Health Summit 

Developing New Treatments for Mania Using Brain-Based Risk Markers - BBRF                                                                                       Streaming Tuesday, November 9th                                             Beginning at 2:00 PM                                                                           Our Future In Mind - Mental Health Summit 

Mind Your Mind Mondays - MHAMD                                            Mondays at 6:30-7:30 PM                                                                        The Mental Health Association of Maryland’s Vibrant Aging: Peers Program is a weekly opportunity for older Marylanders to learn about brain health and engage with others around mental wellness, with a different topic every week.                                                                  Mind Your Mind Mondays | MHAMD

Studies & Opportunities

Healthy mothers aged 18-50 who experienced PPD are invited to participate in a 7-month study at NIH with appointments every two weeks. Call 301-496-9576 NIMH » Adults: Postpartum Depression

Emotional, social, cognitive and behavioral impact of the COVID-19 pandemic - Clinical Trials Survey System | Home NIMH online study (approximately 2 hours)

Depression: Repeated Doses of Ketamine, and Neuroimaging - NIMH Call 1-877-MIND-NIH to find out if you qualify. is a database of privately and publicly funded clinical studies conducted around the world. You can search for studies involving a specific disease or condition, such as “bipolar disorder,” and for ones recruiting or soon to be recruiting participants.

Further Resources

In Honor of National Recovery Month 2021, again featuring Lizabeth Schuch, our chapter Vice President: Arlington County Behavioral Healthcare Divisions presents: “Recovery is for Everyone”      Testimonials, on YouTube

Understanding Anxiety, Depression and CBT - Online Course     University of Reading free online course

FreeWill for Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA)        FreeWill lets you create a last will and testament.

Severe Depression and Covid-19: Communities in Need Across the U.S. (pdf) - MHA 


Recent articles from BP Magazine (BP Hope)

Contributions to DBSA

Donations to the National DBSA may be made through the website: Donate to DBSA National

The DBSA NCA homepage has a donation link which may be used for online contributions via PayPal or major credit card. Others may prefer to mail a check, payable to DBSA NCA, to our chapter's address​ on the website. Our chapter is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.

If you have any questions or comments, please don't hesitate to contact us via email or our dedicated voicemail line, 240-780-8706.

In Health,

The DBSA NCA Web Team