Depression and Bipolar ​Support Alliance
​National Capital Area Chapter

Weekly Update

May 21, 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
  • (Formerly Ellicott City*) Peer Group, first and third Wednesdays at 7:00 pm
  • (Formerly Montgomery County*) Peer Group, second and fourth Wednesdays at 7:00 pm


  • Peer Group, weekly on Thursdays at 7:00 pm

*locations here denote in-person origin; you are welcome to join any appropriate virtual peer group regardless of location.


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#

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

DBSA National offers New Groups for Parents & Caregivers

DBSA Virginia

There is a virtual family group meeting each Tuesday and Thursday at 7:30 PM. Please contact John Gulka of DBSA Virginia ( in advance to arrange attendance: [email protected], 703-967-5642

DBSA Baltimore

Family and Loved Ones Group meets twice monthly in North Baltimore. For more details, contact: Lou Borowicz, group facilitator: [email protected], 410-467-4709

DBSA NCA Chapter Announcements

​​JUST ANNOUNCED! Dr. Jacobsen's Annual Talk

Dr. Jacobsen, our chapter medical adviser, plans to address the chapter at George Washington University Hospital in DC on the evening of June 15th, 2023. Mark your calendar! Stay tuned for more information in the upcoming weeks.

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.

Webinars & Events

In person MCPL offering Mindfulness for Stress and Anxiety - In-person - Montgomery County Public Libraries Tuesday, May 23, 7:00pm - 8:00pm ET, Rockville Memorial Library

Webinar: Connecting Your Mind, Body, and Surroundings: Nature as a Form of Healing | Mental Health America Thursday, May 25, 2023 at 1 pm ET

Webinar - Setting Boundaries for Healthy Relationships and Caregiver Self-Care - Families for Depression Awareness Thursday May 25 7:00-8:30 PM ET

AFSP (The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention) - Washington, D.C. Overnight Walk - June 3, 2023 Out of the Darkness Overnight Walk Note: While suicide prevention is a worthy cause, DBSA NCA advises you consult with your mental health care team before embarking on an overnight walk.

2023 Conference Schedule | Mental Health America Tentative Schedule for MHA 2023 Conference - Washington DC and online - June 6-10, 2023

FreeState Justice, Maryland’s LGBTQIA+ civil advocacy non-profit organization, is offering a free legal name change clinic. Register here: Name Change Clinic - In-person | MCPL Saturday, June 10, 1:00pm - 3:00pm at Rockville Memorial Library

Global Loneliness Awareness Week 2023: Advocating for Connection Connections at the Capitol Tuesday June 13, 4:00 - 6:00 PM ET, at the Capitol Visitors Center and virtually

Meet the Scientist Webinar Series: Developing New Treatments for Childhood Anxiety and Ocd: Can Cognitive Control Help Kids Grow Out of Illness? Tuesday, June 13, 2023 at 2:00 pm ET

Mental Health News

Talk Away the Dark | AFSP - Video and resources for preventing suicide

Fact Sheet: Biden-Harris Administration Announces New Actions to Tackle Nation's Mental Health Crisis | The White House

From National DBSA

Mental Health Awareness Month - Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance This May, DBSA is meeting you where you are, and we are here to support you to find community, wellness, and hope.

Weekly Reading Links

DBSA NCA Quote of the Week

Closure is something you give yourself. - Jay Shetty

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