DBSA NCA (Depression Bipolar Support Alliance, National Capital Area) is a non-profit organization which offers support group, educational programs & literature, and special events for people who are living with mood disorders (Depression and Bipolar Disorder).
- A peer/patient run support group
We strive to bring compassion and strength to individuals suffering from mood disorders from a local level.
- Guest speaker program
Professionals on the forefront of our illnesses and through the experience of our lives, we challenge the stigma and negativity that we have all experienced while bringing renewed insight into our illnesses with positivity and encouragement.
With the support of our parent organization, the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, and affiliates, we provide materials, resources, and hope to help each of us manage our illnesses.
- Outpatient day treatment programs
Provides information about programs in the Washington area that, on an outpatient basis, assist individuals with mood disorders who are encountering difficulties in coping. Reviews by DBSA members who have participated in these programs are also included.
DBSANCA sponsors serveral support group meetings in the DC area:
Wednesday (every other week): 7:00 pm
Christ Lutheran Church, 8011 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda, MD
Thursday: 7:00 – 8:45 p.m.
-Social Group begins at 6:30 p.m.
Foundry Methodist Church, 1500 16th St. NW, Washington, DC 20036 – meet in Room B-1
Note: on Februray 25 the Support Group will sponsor an Educational Program:
DBSA National Capital Area is presenting an informational program on “Accessing Mental Health Care: How to Maximize Your Benefits” on Thursday, February 25 at 7:30 pm at GWU Hospital Auditorium (900 23rd St NW (23rd & I St NW), Washington, DC. Health care reform has increased access to mental health services for millions of Americans. But far too many people are not aware of their new rights under mental health parity laws. This workshop will review reforms in insurance plans and provide you with information on how to know and stand up for your rights, as well as how to appeal a benefit denial. The program presenter is Eric Scharf who has a lived experience with depression; he serves as Advocacy Advisor for the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance and is active in the DBSA National Capital Area Chapter. He is President of Kelsey Consulting, focused on assisting nonprofit organizations with issues of business process improvement and governance issues. He has more than thirty years of experience in association management and a background in health policy and human rights advocacy. A Washington, DC resident, Eric currently lives in Columbia Heights. For additional information contact email@example.com.
There will also be a support group meeting at Foundry Church on the night of the 25th.
Friday (every other week): 6:00 pm
On Our Own of Montgomery County, 434 East Diamond Avenue, Gaithersburg, MD 22202
DBSA NCA has a weekly email annoucement providing updates about the meeting schedule and other annoucements. To be added to the list please send an email with your name and email address to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
More DBSA Support Groups
- DBSA NCA Family Support Group.
Support for our family members or loved ones of someone with a mood disorder.
- DBSA NOVA: Teen Support Group.
Support for teens with depression or bipolar disorder.
- DBSA Meetings List DC-MD-VA – Updated 2015 Local groups in the DC, MD, VA metro area.