Depression and Bipolar ​Support Alliance
​National Capital Area Chapter

Weekly Update

November 21, 2022

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

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

Find Upcoming DBSANCA meeting and events

Alert: NO Groups Will Meet on Thanksgiving

In-person and online groups will not meet this Thursday, Thanksgiving Day. All groups will meet as scheduled on all other days.

DBSA wishes all a Happy Thanksgiving! Giving thanks for what we have is medically beneficial for people with mental health issues!

Support Groups & Events - Active Meetings

As always, information about our support groups can be found on our Support Groups & Events page. The following meetings are active:


  • Sunday Peer Group, weekly on Sundays at 6:00 pm


  • Beltsville Peer Group, second and fourth Mondays at 7:00 pm


  • LGBTQIA+ Peer Group, first and third Tuesdays at 7:00 pm
  • Women's Peer Group, second and fourth Tuesdays at 7:00 pm


  • Mid-Day Peer Group, Wednesdays at 12:00 pm
  • Family, Friends, and Loved Ones Group, first and third Wednesdays at 7:30 pm
  • Montgomery County Peer Group, second and fourth Wednesdays at 7:00 pm


  • Thursday Peer Group, weekly on Thursdays at 7:00 pm

NEW! See below for links to each specific Google calendar, with detailed information about each meeting:

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

We Need Facilitators!

Facilitators are a vital part of the peer support that DBSA NCA provides. If you would like to contribute by facilitating, please contact [email protected] for upcoming trainings to become a facilitator for our chapter.

Events and Webinars

Give Me a Star- A Night of Dramatic Poetry of Struggle, Faith and Witness.

Mark your calendar for Saturday, December 17, 2022 at 6:00 PM at Oxon Hill United Methodist Church at 6400 Livingston Road, Oxon Hill, MD 20745. Entry is free. Donations are accepted but not required. Refreshments will be available. For more information, contact: Billye Okera, 202-374-8727.​


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 in real time. 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: 

November 17, 2022
December 8, 2022
January 26, 2023
February 16, 2023
March 30, 2023
April 27, 2023
May 25, 2023
June 29, 2023


BBRF webinar: Warning Signs & What to Look for: Anxiety and Depression in Childhood. Thursday, December 1 at 7:00 PM EST. Warning Signs & What to Look for: Anxiety and Depression in Childhood | Brain & Behavior Research Foundation

Resources from DBSA National and Beyond

Mental Health Resources for Parents and Children - DBSA

Chronic Conditions and Mental Health - DBSA

Suicide Resources from TheMighty: 13 articles on how to cope after losing someone to suicide, and how to support those who are considering it. Suicide | Signs, Symptoms, Support

Mental Health News

Weekly Reading Links

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Contributions to DBSA

Donations to the National DBSA may be made through the website.

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​.

The DBSA NCA Web Team