Depression and Bipolar ​Support Alliance
​National Capital Area Chapter

Weekly Update

November 28, 2021

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

DBSA NCA Peer Support Meetings

Thursday evening groups (DC and Oxon Hill) have resumed in-person meetings. Other groups are delaying decisions for now. 

In person meetings (intended for the vaccinated) will follow all procedures and guidelines recommended or required by national health agencies, the relevant local government, and the host institutions.

This week the chapter will offer Zoom and in-person peer support groups as shown below. 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 for virtual groups denote where these groups have met previously, and will probably return; however some groups will remain virtual indefinitely. 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 protected].

Sunday Evening Zoom Peer Support Group Meeting
Sunday, November 28, 2021 at 6:00 PM Eastern Time

Beltsville Zoom Peer Support Group Meeting
No meeting this week

LGBTQIA+ Zoom Peer Support Group Meeting
No meeting this week

Women’s Zoom Peer Support Group Meeting
No meeting this week

Mid-Day Zoom Peer Support Group Meeting
Wednesday, December 1, 2021 at 12:00 PM Eastern Time

Montgomery County Zoom Peer Support Group Meeting
No meeting this week

Southern PG Peer Support Group Meeting (In Person)
Thursday, December 2, 2021 at 7:00 PM Eastern Time; Location: Oxon Hill United Methodist Church 6400 Livingston Road, Oxon Hill

Thursday DC Peer Support Group Meeting (In Person)
Thursday, December 2, 2021 at 7:00 PM Eastern Time (gather from 6:45); Location: Foundry United Methodist Church, 16th and P Streets, NW

Thursday Zoom Peer Support Group Meeting
Thursday, December 2, 2021 at 7:00 PM Eastern Time - special Thanksgiving meeting particularly for those alone for the holiday

Sunday Evening Zoom Peer Support Group Meeting
Sunday, December 5, 2021 at 6:00 PM Eastern Time

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​

DBSA NCA Family and Friends Meeting

Family & Friends MeetingWednesday, December 1, 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

Call for Web Volunteers & Feedback

The Web Team is currently seeking administrative volunteers to help with putting out weekly newsletters and maintenance on the website. If you would like to help or provide feedback on these newsletters and the website, please reach out to [email protected]. Your assistance is most welcome and appreciated.

We Need Your Likes!

Our chapter now has a Facebook Page - please go to and click to “Like” the page. We will be using this to push out information about the chapter and mood disorder resources that you will find helpful. You can also use this page to share with friends and family who are looking for support. Our goal is to get 100 new likes in the next month so check it out!

DC Advocacy Update

Washington, DC extends program that directs 911 mental health calls to social workers, not police. The District of Columbia is set to extend a pilot initiative where certain calls to police involving mental health emergencies are routed to city social workers who are better equipped to handle the situation. The District’s Mental Health Emergency Dispatch Program, which was implemented by Mayor Bowser in May, was intended to reduce the number of police-involved shootings that occur when the subject of an emergency call may be mentally unstable. Cleo Subido, interim director of the Office of Unified Communications, told WTOP Monday that the city is hiring more social workers for the program’s next phase, with a goal of having a third of all mental health calls directed to a dedicated mental health team by the third phase. The program will also expand its operating hours from 12 to 24 hours a day.

News From National DBSA

Hangout on Christmas Day afternoon - National DBSA has informed us that all are invited to the Christmas Hangout of the Greater Hartford Chapter, available December 25 from 1:00 - 9:00 PM EST, particularly those bored, alone, or down at that time, See calendar at: DBSA Greater Hartford

September 2021 eUpdate - Supporting Our Community 

DBSA recently released its 2020 Annual Report - learn all about the incredible work of DBSA over the past year. 

I’m Living Proof: A Letter to My Younger Self

National DBSA Wellness Wheel

DBSA Wellness Toolbox

Mental Health Screening Center 

8 Tips on Setting Boundaries for Your Mental Health - DBSA

Ten Grounding Strategies To Help You Redirect Your Thoughts

Suicide Prevention Information

Events Outside of DBSA

OCD: Using Genome Data to Predict Risk, Symptoms and Treatment Response - Meet the Scientist Webinar - Tuesday, December 14 at 2:00 PM EST

Mind Your Mind Mondays - MHAMD - Mondays at 6:30 - 7:30 PM

The Mental Health Association of Maryland’s Vibrant Aging Peers Program is a weekly opportunity for older Marylanders to learn about brain health and engage with others around mental wellness, with a different topic every week.

Events page for MHAMD:​

Studies & Opportunities

Healthy mothers aged 18-50 who experienced PPD are invited to participate in a 7-month study at NIH with appointments every two weeks. Call 301-496-9576 NIMH » Adults: Postpartum Depression

Emotional, social, cognitive and behavioral impact of the COVID-19 pandemic - Clinical Trials Survey System | Home NIMH online study (approximately 2 hours)

Depression: Repeated Doses of Ketamine, and Neuroimaging - NIMH Call 1-877-MIND-NIH to find out if you qualify. is a database of privately and publicly funded clinical studies conducted around the world. You can search for studies involving a specific disease or condition, such as “bipolar disorder,” and for ones recruiting or soon to be recruiting participants.

Further Resources

Heads Up Guys - Online resource helping men fight depression

A promising new treatment for depression (YouTube Video) - CBS Sunday Morning

CDC adds mental illness to high-risk Covid list - Washington Post

The State of Mental Health in America - Mental Health America Annual Report

2021 Children's Mental Health Report - Child Mind Institute

Understanding Anxiety, Depression and CBT - University of Reading free online course

FreeWill for Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) - FreeWill lets you create a last will and testament.

Severe Depression and Covid-19: Communities in Need Across the U.S. (pdf) - MHA 

What to Know When You're Newly Diagnosed With Depression - article from WEBMD


Recent articles from BP Magazine (BP Hope)

Contributions to DBSA

Donations to the National DBSA may be made through the website. Note that through this Tuesday November 30 (Giving Tuesday) contributions to National DBSA will be matched:

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 voicemail line, 240-780-8706.

In Health,

The DBSA NCA Web Team