Depression and Bipolar ​Support Alliance
​National Capital Area Chapter

Weekly Update

June 12, 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

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.

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

A Survey From DBSA National

Older Adults Living with Depression AND Chronic Physical Health Conditions

DBSA Statement on Gun Violence and Mental Health

From DBSA California - 4 Ways Not to React To Someone With Depression or Crisis - Healthier Alternatives:

Upcoming Speaker Events

Surviving & Thriving: COVID, War, Stress & Despair

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 understanding and treatment options for mood disorders. 

Pre-registration is required for this program. ​Pe0mtZkaUYt3O1i 

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

Dr. Jacobsen studied neurobiology and behavior at Cornell University before receiving dual MD & MPH degrees as a James Scholar at University of Illinois in Chicago. Following his Medical Internship & Residency in Psychiatry at Yale University, he came to the National Institute of Mental Health to research affective illness and sleep, and conducted the first studies on serotonin in light therapy and Seasonal Affective Disorder.

The author of over 80 scientific publications, Dr. Jacobsen has pioneered treatments for depression, insomnia, memory loss, and migraine, and has a particular interest in Bipolar illness. As the founding Medical Director of the Transcultural Mental Health Institute, he is involved in patient advocacy and cross-cultural public health through lecturing, consulting, and participating in mental health delegations in over 30 countries.

Additionally, Dr. Jacobsen is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the George Washington Univ. School of Medicine and is Board Certified in Psychiatry, Geriatric Psychiatry, Sleep Medicine and Behavioral Neurology and Neuropsychiatry. A Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, Dr. Jacobsen has received the Distinguished Psychiatrist Award from NAMI and the National Chapter Professional Advisor Award from DBSA. He supplements his professional work with an interest in photography and the arts.


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.

Mark Your Calendars Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance Summit
The dates for the 2022 DBSA Summit have changed. In observance of the Jewish High Holy Days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, the DBSA Summit will now take place virtually October 10-14. 

Participate in mental health learning sessions, hear from peers and experts, and have fun -- all from the comfort of home!
Featured offerings:

  • Peer Engagement 
  • Support Group and Chapter Leadership
  • Basic and Advanced Facilitator Training 
  • Learn how DBSA is supporting children, teens, young adults, parents, and caregivers

Keep an eye on your inbox and social media for program details and registration links!

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 (Pre-recorded)

Global Loneliness Awareness Week 2022 event - Conversations on Belonging, Connection, & Wellbeing - Wednesday June 15, 5:30 PM EDT
Conversations on Belonging, Connection, and Wellbeing

Conversations on Belonging, Connection, and Wellbeing

Research Study

University of Maryland study for teens with mood disorders
and their parents

The University of Maryland School of Pharmacy is conducting a study to test whether mobile health technologies can be used to measure response to antidepressant treatment in adolescents. 

To qualify for the study, teens ages 12-17 must have a mood disorder, be currently treated with antidepressants and have access to a smartphone or tablet. To participate email or call  410-706-4369. 

Teens will be asked to use a Fitbit (activity tracker) and a mobile app for four weeks. Parents will be asked to use a version of the app specific to them. At the conclusion of the study teens will keep the Fitbit, and parents may receive compensation up to $300. No treatments will be provided in this study.


Discovering Your Stress-Free Sanctuary
Help for the Highly Sensitive Person with Bipolar 
Maintaining a “High-Functioning” Lifestyle with Bipolar Disorder 
Tracing Bipolar through the Family Tree 
Is It Love, or Is It Mania? Questions to Clarify |
Bipolar Therapy—From Both Sides of the Desk
General blog: bpHope Blog: Dedicated to Living Well with Bipolar Disorder

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In Health,

The DBSA NCA Web Team