Depression and Bipolar ​Support Alliance
​National Capital Area Chapter

Weekly Update

May 8, 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 are on Thursday evenings, and operate in parallel with the 7:00 PM ET virtual Thursday group.

Monday, April 25, 2022, is the first in person meeting of the Beltsville 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 UMC at 11416 Cedar Ln, Beltsville, MD.

The Montgomery County peer support group is still considering when it may return to in-person meetings.


IBPF "Development of a Combined Digital and Biomarker Test for Bipolar Disorder" Thursday, May 26, 2022 at 12:00 noon EDT.
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Development of a Combined Digital and Biomarker Test for Bipolar Disorder. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

BBRF "Brain/Behavior Alterations Underlying Self-Injury and Suicide Among Children and Adolescents," Tuesday May 12, 2022 at 12:00 noon EDT.

In-Person Events

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.

Every Mile for Every Mind 2022 offers walks for community mental health in Montgomery County parks on Saturdays, Sundays, and Wednesdays in May.

EveryMile for EveryMind 2022


Dr. Frederick Jacobsen, our Chapter’s Medical Advisor, will give his annual talk (virtually, link to come) on what's new in research and treatment of mood disorders on Thursday, June 16, 2022 at 6:00 PM

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP):

Dr. Thomas Insel will speak on Thursday, May 26, 2022 at 7:00 PM EDT (virtually, link to come). Dr. Insel is the former Director of the National Institute of Mental Health, who launched Mindsite News (, and is author of the new book  "Healing: Our Path From Mental Illness to Mental Health." 

From DBSA National

Time to Reconsider Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) Management: Patient Perspectives and the Promise of New Approaches

 Making your estate plan: Free Will Get Peace of Mind

Survey on Older Adults Living with Depression AND Chronic Physical Health Conditions:


Novelist Shares Her Real & Imagined Memories |
Ketamine is a short-term effective treatment for some suicidal patients in hospital | BMJ
Bipolar disorder treatment: New evidence may explain limits of lithium
HMS and Broad Institute Researchers Discover First Strong Genetic Link to Bipolar Disorder | News | The Harvard Crimson
A 'Common Causal Circuit' in Depression with Possible Therapeutic Implications
Healthy Minds with Dr. Jeffrey Borenstein | PBS  Season 7


Mental Health and COVID-19: Two Years After the Pandemic, Mental Health Concerns Continue to Increase
New Data On Youth Mental Health Is Here ― And It's Not Good
Team Tests Model to Enable More Effective Targeting of Non-Invasive TMS Treatments in Depression
Don’t Let Mental Illness Bully You! Tips for Self-Compassion
Team Tests Model to Enable More Effective Targeting of Non-Invasive TMS Treatments in Depression

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In Health,

The DBSA NCA Web Team