Depression and Bipolar ​Support Alliance
​National Capital Area Chapter

Weekly Update

April 24, 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.

Monday, April 25, 2022, is the first in person meeting of the Beltsville 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.


From the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, an upcoming virtual event:

Sunday, April 24, 4:00 - 5:00 PM ET, "Talk Saves Lives"

And also from ASFP, an event for DC residents:

Our friends at the National Capital Area Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention are having a DC Capitol Day on Monday May 2nd from 6-8pm, and have invited participation from DBSA as well. That evening will feature a virtual launch event to talk about our current advocacy priorities in the District and some basic tips about advocating for suicide prevention. Over the next two weeks, participants will have the option to meet with their DC Council members and to discuss priorities. More info and registration is here: When you sign up, please indicate whether you would like to participate in meetings and have contact information sent to your Council member. Please contact Deb Steinberg at [email protected] if you have any questions. We would love to see you there!

From DBSA National

Survey on Older Adults Living with Depression AND Chronic Physical Health Conditions:


Bipolar Depression: When You Are Too Tired to Shower - BP Hope

Best Podcasts on Mental Health & Bipolar Disorder - BP Hope

Don’t Trust Everything You Think- 10 Myths I Believed about Bipolar Disorder - BP Hope

Bipolar & the Fear of Wearing Out Friendship - BP Hope 

Bipolar Depression is Good for the Environment. Who Knew? - BP Hope

Getting a Grip on Uncontrollable Anger - BP Hope

When Do I Tell a New Love about My Bipolar? - BP Hope

Granting Ourselves Mercy - BP Hope

How to Recognize the Distorted Lens of Bipolar & Reclaim Reality - BP Hope

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In Health,

The DBSA NCA Web Team