Depression and Bipolar ​Support Alliance
​National Capital Area Chapter

Weekly Update

December 26, 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​

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


As always, a calendar of all meetings, including zoom links, is on our site.





The virtual family group will no longer be meeting. National offers several new groups, by age group and relationship to the person with a mood disorder. Please note this on the website. New groups offered:







NYC’s Robert Louis Stevenson School's P2P Network is proud to partner with DBSA National. The P2P Network offers parent-driven resources and support. Personal and intimate, this monthly online forum, hosted by the school, is free and open to parents and primary caregivers nationwide raising emotionally complex children and young adults. Attendees offer resources and share parenting experiences. To participate, call Jerry at the school, 212-787-6400. All meetings are on Thursdays, 1:00 PM ET. 

Scheduled Meetings:
January 26, 2023
February 16, 2023
March 30, 2023
April 27, 2023
May 25, 2023
June 29, 2023

Special Events | Friends, Family, & Loved Ones Virtual  | Peer In Person | Peer Virtual


If you are experiencing loneliness this holiday season Project Unlonely has a variety of resources available:

DBSA Applauds Broad Congressional Endorsement of Peer Support Measures in the Omnibus Appropriations Package:

Finding Hope and Connection during the Holidays

Mental Health Resources for Parents and Children - DBSA

Chronic Conditions and Mental Health - DBSA

Suicide Resources: 13 Articles On How to Cope After Losing Someone to Suicide, and How to Support Those Who are Considering it. Suicide | Signs, Symptoms, Support

Holiday Cancelled Meetings

The DC Group will not meet December 22 or December 29 as the church will be closed.

The Sunday Virtual Group will meet January 1.

Meetings will resume in January. Happy Holidays!


For Men's Health Awareness Month, please visit this site to access resources containing educational information for men with bipolar, men’s bipolar support groups, and more.

Men’s Corner - International Bipolar Foundation

Video Game-Based Intervention Helped Reduce Cognitive Deficits in Depressed Patients

Expert-Recommended Light Therapy Lamps to Help Treat Seasonal Affective Disorder

From The Brain and Behavior Research Foundation: Adding an Antibiotic Improved Brain Stimulation Results in Depression

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

Folic Acid Supplements Were Associated With Lower Suicidality in Large Database Study

Safety of t-PBM, A Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation Technology That Uses Light to Treat Depression & Anxiety 

"Supporting Wellness": A depression and bipolar support alliance mixed-methods investigation of lived experience perspectives and priorities for mood disorder treatment


BBRF webinar Tuesday, January 10 at 2:00 PM ET.

Sex Differences in Mental Health Disorders | Brain & Behavior Research Foundation


From The Collaborative Research Team to study psychosocial issues in Bipolar Disorder (CREST.BD): Mobile apps are increasingly being used to support self-management of people with bipolar disorder. This study aims to learn how patients use and interact with the Beta-version of the Polar Us app. In return for time and effort, you can choose to receive a total of USD $80.00 (or CAD 100.00) in gift cards at the end of your participation in this 12 week study.

Univ. of California, San Diego: The research study is being conducted to test whether using high dose spaced theta-burst rTMS (a form of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation) produces a significant reduction in depressive symptoms. Contact: Itay Hadas at [email protected] 

Emory University: Suicidal Behavior in Patients Diagnosed With Bipolar Disorder. Contact: Dorian Lamis, Ph.D. 404-616-3533, [email protected] 

Evaluation of the Genetics at The Johns Hopkins Mood Disorder Research Center. Using genetic mapping and sequencing methods to identify genetic markers and variations that contribute to the risk of bipolar disorder. Individuals diagnosed with bipolar disorder are studied, along with their relatives. Contact: Research Coordinator, 410-614-1017.

The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Early Intervention for Youth at High Risk of BP: Researchers will conduct an efficacy trial of Interpersonal & Social Rhythm Therapy (IPSRT) delivered via tele-health for the offspring of bipolar parents. Contacts: Kelly Monk, [email protected], Pamala Pyle, [email protected]

Johns Hopkins Medicine: patients will complete an over-the-phone interview to determine eligibility. If qualified the study member will schedule a date for you to undergo a skin biopsy and blood draw. $200.00 compensation is given once all components are completed (interview, blood draw, biopsy). Contact: Neal Prasad at 443-287-2981 or email [email protected]

Stanford Bipolar Disorders Clinic: participants undergo a 12-week course of either Pramipexole medication or rTMS therapy. The ultimate goal of the study is to offer participants experiencing anxiety and depression a treatment that is alternative to ones that have failed them in the past. Contact: call or text 650-600-1609 or email [email protected]

UCLA & The Childhood Bipolar Network (CBN). CBN sites have expertise in diagnosing, assessing, and treating youth. The primary aims of this study are to identify and reliably diagnose youth, ages 9-19, with bipolar disorder (BD) and BSDs, and to examine predictors (e.g., mood instability, inflammatory marker C-reactive protein) of clinical outcome over one year. Contact: David J Miklowitz, PhD 310-267-2659, [email protected]

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