Depression and Bipolar ​Support Alliance
​National Capital Area Chapter

Weekly Update

July 31, 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 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.


A Quick Tip on How to Soothe Anxious Feelings


​Chapter News

Eric Scharf (of our chapter) has been appointed to serve on the DC DBH Behavioral Health Planning Council as a representative for Ward 1. This will provide an opportunity for DBSA to help address mental health issues in DC and will complement his work on the Medical Care Advisory Committee. The Council is tasked with reviewing and providing input to the state plan for use of block fund grants among other responsibilities.  Input and suggestions on issues for him to address are always welcome. 

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. Please click the link for DBSA’s official statement on gun violence and mental health.

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.


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.


Results of a One-Day Online CBT-Based Workshop Helped New Moms With Postpartum Depression

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


The DBSA Summit will 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.


Older Adults Living with Depression AND Chronic Physical Health Conditions


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. 

DBSA Wellness Wheel - Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance

LGBTQ+ Communities and Mental Health: Experiences of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Can Impact Overall Mental Health.
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


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.


2022 Fall Forum- Psychedelic Therapy: Problems and Promises. October 27, 2022, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM EST

Manipulating Memories to Help Treat Brain Illness - Tuesday, August 9 at 2:00 EDT
Manipulating Memories to Help Treat Brain Illness | Brain & Behavior Research Foundation

For Young People on Snapchat: How to Support a Friend Who is Considering Suicide

A 75-Year-Old Female With Bipolar 1 Disorder:  A Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Provides Insight on Best Practices for the Treatment of Bipolar 1 Disorder and Unmet Needs in the Field.

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.



LGBTQ+ Communities and Mental Health

Researchers Identify a Neural Signature Centrally Important in Restructuring Negative Self-Beliefs

4 Essential Tips to Master Working while Coping with Depression

Well-Meaning Comments about Bipolar & Their Unintended Consequences |

Acceptance: The First Step Out of Bipolar Depression |

From Awareness to Action: The Kennedy Forum Builds Momentum for Reform

When You Feel “Stuck” with the Label of “Bipolar” after Diagnosis

Gen Z's Approach to Mental Health is Authentic, Raw, and Sometimes Dark - DBSA 

TikTok and Youth Mental Health: Weighing the Pros and Cons - Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance

5 Strategies for When Bipolar Depression Returns |
With Bipolar, Some Tokens of Advice Have Two Sides

Are We Serving Your Needs?

We aim as volunteers to provide you with relevant and easily accessible content. Please let us know if we are successful, and especially if you think there are any changes to our newsletter or website that could better serve you by emailing

Contributions to DBSA

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

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