Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
​National Capital Area Chapter

Weekly Update

April 25, 2021

Hello and welcome to the new weekly email! We are very excited to show you all the work we’ve done to bring you a new experience online. If you have a suggestion or news item to share please send to by 5:00 pm on Friday.

Be sure to check out the new chapter website at

DBSA NCA Peer Support Meetings

This week the chapter will offer Zoom peer support groups: Sunday evening, Monday evening, Tuesday evening (women’s meeting), Wednesday at noon, Wednesday evening, Thursday evening, and Sunday evening. 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 denote where these groups have met previously, and will probably return. 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.

A note on the Thursday DC group: The meetings will be open with facilitators present for questions or informal discussion 15 minutes early, starting at 6:45 PM ET. This group will usually divide into two or more breakout groups. Consideration will be given to sometimes including one breakout on a specially chosen topic. Suggestions about this will be welcome.

Southern PG County Peer Support Group Meeting
Time: Sunday, April 25, 2021 at 6:00 PM Eastern Time

Beltsville Peer Support Group Meeting
Time: Monday, April 26, 2021 at 7:00 PM Eastern Time

Women’s Peer Support Group Meeting
Time: Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 7:00 PM Eastern Time

Mid-Day Peer Support Group Meeting
Time: Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 12:00 Noon Eastern Time

Montgomery County Peer Support Group Meeting
Time: Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 7:00 PM Eastern Time

DC Peer Support Group Meeting
Time: Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 7:00 PM Eastern Time

Southern PG Peer Support Group Meeting
Time: Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 6:00 PM Eastern Time

Invite link for all 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
Time: Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 7:30 PM Eastern Time

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

Next Speaker Series Program to feature Roy Richard Grinker

DBSA NCA is excited to announce that our Speaker Series Program will feature Roy Richard Grinker in conversation with DBSA Advocacy Vice President Phyllis Foxworth regarding his new book.

“Nobody's Normal: How Culture Created the Stigma of Mental Illness”

Tuesday, May 4, 2021 7:00-8:30 PM ET – via Zoom

Nobody's Normal argues that stigma is a social process that can be explained through cultural history, a process that began the moment we defined mental illness, that we learn from within our communities, and that we ultimately have the power to change.  This conversation will explore how we understand these issues today and ways that peers can address them.

Roy Richard Grinker is Professor of Anthropology and International Affairs at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Grinker was born and raised in Chicago where his great-grandfather, grandfather, and father worked as psychoanalysts. He graduated from Grinnell College in 1983 and received his Ph.D. in Social Anthropology at Harvard University in 1989.  He is the author of Nobody’s Normal: How Culture Created the Stigma of Mental Illness (NY: W.W. Norton, January 2021) and Unstrange Minds: Remapping the World of Autism (NY: Basic Books). Grinker is also the author of numerous other books in the field of anthropology.  He was a 2008 recipient of the National Alliance on Mental Illness KEN award for “outstanding contribution to the understanding of mental illness” and the 2010 recipient of the American Anthropological Association’s Anthropology in the Media award for “communication of anthropology to the general public through the media.”

Phyllis Foxworth is the Advocacy Vice President at the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance. After being diagnosed with a mental health condition in early adulthood, Ms. Foxworth continues to live in wellness and facilitates a weekly DBSA Family & Friends Support Group. Ms. Foxworth directs the organization’s national advocacy strategy with a focus on strengthening mental health parity laws and compliance, broadening adoption of peer support services and development of the peer specialist workforce, and ensuring that patient-desired treatment outcomes are adopted and integrated throughout the entire health care eco-system.

Register in advance for this program: After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting. Note that this program will be recorded.

The book can be purchased through Politics and Prose Bookstore at

Online Events Outside of DBSA

SAMHSA Webinar - Child & Adolescent Mental Health Crisis Services
Monday April 26 - 2:00-3:30 PM ET

IBPF - Words to Say, Things to Do: How to help your loved one living with Bipolar Disorder, and yourself
Tuesday April 27 - 12:00 PM ET

BBRF Meet the Scientist Webinar - Using Rapid-Acting Brain Stimulation for Treatment Resistant Depression
Tuesday May 11 - 2:00 PM ET

Would you like to keep your own personal journal? - New virtual monthly group offered by Montgomery County Public Library
Fourth Thursday of each month starting Thursday May 27 - 6:30-7:30 PM ET

MHA Webinar
Tue. April 27 - 2:00 PM ET
[In Conversation With Series] The Social Justice Movement of Peer Support

May 6, 2021: Fourth Annual Older Adult Mental Health Awareness Day Symposium
NCOA Learning: 2021 Older Adult Mental Health Awareness Day

News from National DBSA

April 2021 eUpdate

New National DBSA Position Statements

Outreach to the black community:

Relationship between law enforcement and mental health community:

DBSA National Social Media Outreach

The National DBSA has a very active social media presence on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn and you are encouraged to follow these channels for a range of excellent resources and information:




Some recent postings have included:

Recognizing the early signs of a mood disorder - Young Adult Council - DBSAlliance

Clinical Research Stakeholders Join the STARR Coalition to Highlight Critical Mental Health Research 

How to Get Out of Bed When Depression Is Keeping You Down

New Links Added Weekly

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 line, 240-780-8706.

In Health,
The DBSA NCA Web Team