Depression and Bipolar ​Support Alliance
​National Capital Area Chapter

Weekly Update

August 22, 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.


A Quick Tip on How to Soothe Anxious Feelings


Mental Illness in the Media

HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver recently aired a piece on how
the U.S. fails to effectively provide treatment for mental illness. The
statistics are quite revealing and well presented. Note: John Oliver is a
comedian and some language may be offensive. 

Mental Health Care: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

DBSA National Statement on Gun Violence

The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance acknowledges the heaviness many people around the country are feeling in the wake of the recent mass shootings. Click here to read full statement.

National DBSA Annual Report 2021

Gain a closer look at the impact our chapter’s support has had on those
living with depression and bipolar disorder. Through education, support,
and action, the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, along with our
community of mental health advocates, is lighting the way for wellness
for more people than ever before.


The Medicare patient resource center is on a mission to help people with
disabilities get the most out of the Medicare program (note: they do not
sell or provide healthcare plans). They have published a comprehensive
guide to understanding eligibility, coverage, and, most importantly, how to
navigate the enrollment process.


Sign up for the latest mental health news, research advances, upcoming
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Updates, Press Releases, and other timely matters. 


Results of a One-Day Online CBT-Based Workshop Helped New Moms With Postpartum Depression

Psych Congress: Bipolar Disorder Across the Spectrum: Novel Screening
Tools and Treatment Options | HMP Education


Registration is now open for the The DBSA Summit. It will take place
virtually October 10 - 14th. This year’s summit is packed with informative,
engaging sessions designed to equip our community with the education
and tools needed to impact change at the individual, local, state, and
national levels. We also have fun events planned: a movie screening, an
Off-Broadway night, a virtual game session, a guided meditation, and a
cooking class.

Link to Register: 2022 DBSA Summit

Information for this year’s summit:


Older Adults Living With Depression and Chronic Physical Health Conditions


August is National Make-A-Will Month!
Free Will is dedicated to helping people who live with mood disorders ensure security for their loved ones. In just 20 minutes you can create or update your legally-binding will. Click Here

Back to School -  Being a Kid is Hard

National DBSA will offer facilitator training in September. California is
offering three relatively short programs over the summer. They cost $25.00 for out-of-staters, but include a $25.00 gift card for those who complete them and do the evaluation. 

DBSA Wellness Wheel - Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance

I'm Living Proof: Coming to Terms with Bipolar

Virtual Peer Support Legislation Advances in U.S House: Is Your
Healthcare Team Treating Toward Wellness?


For those addressing substance abuse issues, CHOICES Trauma Informed 12 Step Peer Support Group (Mondays, 6:30 - 7:30 PM Eastern)
offers an alternative to traditional AA/NA 12 step programs.


IBPF Webinar - "The Role of Sleep In Bipolar Disorder" - Tuesday August 23 at 1:00 PM EDT - Click Here to Register

2022 Fall Forum- Psychedelic Therapy: Problems and Promises. October 27, 2022, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM EST

For Young People on Snapchat: How to Support a Friend Who is Considering Suicide

Video and Text: “Four Ways Not to React to Someone With Depression or Crisis & Healthier Alternatives” from DBSA California.

Video: New Developments in a Blood Test for Bipolar

Development of a Combined Digital and Biomarker Test for Bipolar Disorder

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In Health,

The DBSA NCA Web Team