Depression and Bipolar ​Support Alliance
​National Capital Area Chapter

Weekly Update

May 22, 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 [email protected].

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 are 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 UMC at 11416 Cedar Ln, Beltsville, MD.

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

May 2022 Walking Group 

Every Mile for Every Mind 2022 offers walks for community mental health in Montgomery County parks on Saturdays, Sundays, and Wednesdays in May. EveryMile for EveryMind 2022

A Survey From DBSA National
Older Adults Living with Depression & Chronic Physical Health Conditions:
The DBSA National May newsletter:

Awards Ceremony

​​DBSA's Scientific Advisory Board has named Carlos Zarate, MD, as this year’s recipient of the Senior Investigator Award at the 2022 Klerman Award ceremony, which will be held Sunday, May 22 in New Orleans. “I am truly honored to receive the 2022 Gerald Klerman Senior Investigator Award. Dr. Klerman was a legend in the research and treatment of the seriously mentally ill. In the spirit of this award, I plan to continue to improve the lives of people living with mood disorders through research, advocacy and treatment.”

More about the Klerman Awards:

Dr. Zarate has been a well received presenter at the DBSA NCA Speakers Series in the past and DBSA is excited to see that he is to be given this well deserved honor.

For more on the Klerman Awards and this year's other winners:


Annual Conference

Mental Health America’s 2022 Annual Conference Forward Together: Recovery, Healing, Hope, is taking place June 9-11 in Washington, DC, and online. One of the featured speakers is Representative Jamie Raskin of Maryland's 8th Congressional District. Registration for the general public for the live-streamed version is free, but closes June 6.

2022 Conference Registration

Upcoming Speaker Events

On Thursday, June 16 at 6:00 PM EDT, Dr. Frederick Jacobsen, our Chapter’s Medical Advisor, will give his annual presentation on new developments in our understanding of and treatment options for mood disorders. Dr. Jacobsen shares hot off the presses insights at this yearly talk. A specific talk title and information on registering and connecting via Zoom coming soon.

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.

Weekly Trauma & Substance Abuse Online Support Group

CHOICES Trauma Informed 12 Step Peer Support Group, for those addressing substance abuse and trauma issues (Mondays, 6:30 - 7:30 PM Eastern) meetings are on Zoom. It offers an alternative to traditional AA/NA 12 step programs.


Helping Every Student in Need: a 5 Year Vision for School-Based Mental Health

Join a virtual conversation with the DC Dept. of Behavioral Health (DBH) and the Peer-Led Centers in “COVID 19 – What We’ve Learned.”  It’s an opportunity to talk about your concerns, answer your questions, and hear from peers who decided to get vaccinated. Wednesday, May 25, 2022, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

The previously announced talk with Dr. Insel (Thursday, May 26 at 7:00 PM EDT) will not take place as announced. We are working on rescheduling it for a later date.

IBPF "Development of a Combined Digital and Biomarker Test for Bipolar Disorder" will take place on Thursday, May 26, 2022 at 12:00 pm EDT. 
Development of a Combined Digital and Biomarker Test for Bipolar Disorder. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

From DBSA National

Time to Reconsider Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) Management:

Patient Perspectives and the Promise of New Approaches

Making your estate plan: Free Will Get Peace of Mind


Everything You Need to Know about “Coming Out” about Your Bipolar Disorder |

Bipolar & Anxiety: 4 Tips for When You’d Rather Be in Control Than Ask for Help |

Managing Bipolar & Chronic Illness with Style |

Bipolar & Anxiety: 4 Tips for When You’d Rather Be in Control Than Ask for Help |

Is It Me, Or Is It My Bipolar? Distinguishing Myself from My Mood Disorder |

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In Health,

The DBSA NCA Web Team