Creating Community Solutions Albuquerque – Northwest Community Conversation – Saturday, April 5, 2014

DBSA Albuquerque members. Please register for this community conversation and take part in creating solutions for our issues, concerns, and needs as those contending with mental health issues.

The conversation is at the Taylor Ranch Community Center. It will be Saturday, April 5, 2014, from 9 AM to 1 PM. Lunch will be served but you must register prior to April 2 for this accommodation.

If you would like to speak to me directly about this event, you can call either DBSA Albuquerque phone number or through email.

Steve Bringe
President, DBSA Albuquerque


Creating Community Solutions Albuquerque

About Creating Community Solutions Albuquerque
March 20, 2014



Mental health affects nearly all families – perhaps someone you know. Addressing this issue is vital to the health of our community. Together we can have an open conversation and make a difference.

President Obama has called for an honest, national conversation about mental health to move beyond stereotypes and stigmas and toward solutions and priorities that improve our mental health and mental health systems – with a special focus on young people.


Albuquerque was the first city in the country to answer this call to action. Mayor Richard J. Berry hosted a community conference on July 20, 2013 creating the Greater Albuquerque dialogue on mental health, called Creating Community Solutions – Albuquerque.

“I am honored that our community has been chosen to open this national dialogue with discussions that ultimately lead to action plans designed to improve mental health programs and services for our families, schools and communities,” said Mayor Berry.


Building on the important work already started by the City’s July conference, six neighborhood conversations will take place throughout the Greater Albuquerque Region. Participants will be representative of neighborhood communities, especially the involvement of young people, mental health providers, people with lived experience in mental health, and family members of people with lived

North West Albuquerque is the second of the neighborhood dialogues and you are invited. This event is free and provides a welcoming and safe opportunity for dialogue. People will take part in small‐group conversations where they will have a chance to share their concerns, talk about what the community is facing, and come up with action ideas and priorities for the Greater Albuquerque Area.


Someone you know could be suffering from mental health problems in silence. It could be a friend, family member, co‐worker or a neighbor. You can help. Register now to be involved in the discussion.


Call 505-288-1322 to register or visit to register online.

For additional information please contact:
Melanie Pohl
(505) 247-3671

Saturday, April 5, 2014
9:00 am ‐ 1:00 pm
Registration at 8:30 am
Don Newton/Taylor Ranch Community Center
Room 1

4900 Kachina St. NW
(Taylor Ranch Rd. & Kachina St.)

but you must RSVP by April 2, 2014

Northwest Community Conversation
CCS Albuquerque

Creating Community
Solutions Albuquerque

Northwest Area
Community Conversation

The event is scheduled for:

Saturday, April 5th
9:00am to 1:00pm
Taylor Ranch
Community Center

Check in will open at 8:30am.
Lunch will be provided.

If you have any questions
please feel free to contact:
Melanie Pohl
(505) 247-3671
Taylor Ranch Community Center

Taylor Ranch
Community Center
4900 Kachina St NW
Albuquerque, NM 87120
(505) 768-6006

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CCS Albuquerque Northwest Flyer

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DBSA Albuquerque’s statement on the recent police shooting in Albuquerque

To interested parties:

Our chapter, DBSA Albuquerque, respectfully will not comment on the recent police shooting in Albuquerque. We appreciate you contacting our chapter to ask how our peers are reacting to this incident; however, commenting on this incident falls outside our purview and mission, which is to provide a safe and welcome environment for peers, friends, and families to share the challenges and triumphs of living with mood disorders.

We would be happy to share how peer support is an integral part of recovery, and how it has helped so many New Mexicans on their recovery journey. DBSA Albuquerque is an ideal model of the true nature of mental health diagnoses, for we are a dedicated peer support community helping each other to live more successful and joyful lives through shared experience.

We are a model of recovery. This is the true nature of those with mental health diagnoses and symptoms.

Thank you for respecting our decision not to comment on this recent event.

Steve Bringe
President, DBSA Albuquerque

IDEAS in Psychiatry Presents Dr. Nora Volkow, “The Effects of Marijuana Use on the Brain, Body and Behavior”

IDEAS in Psychiatry Presents Dr. Nora Volkow, “The Effects of Marijuana Use on the Brain, Body and Behavior”

UNM’s IDEAS in Psychiatry presents

“The Effects of Marijuana Use on the Brain, Body and Behavior”
Nora D. Volkow, MD
Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
National Institutes of Health
Monday, April 28, 2014, 6:00 pm
UNM Domenici Center Auditorium
Albuquerque Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 6:00 pm
Center For Contemporary Arts Cinematheque
Santa Fe

FREE Admission, FREE Parking

How well do we really understand the health impacts of the most commonly used illicit drug in the United States? Come learn what the research really says about marijuana from one of the world’s leading experts.

Dr. Volkow’s work has been instrumental in demonstrating that drug addiction is a disease of the human brain. As a research psychiatrist and scientist, she pioneered the use of brain imaging to investigate the toxic effects and addictive properties of abusable drugs.

Don’t miss this extraordinary opportunity to hear from a scientist Time Magazine recently named as one of the “Top 100 People Who Shape our World.”
Click here to register NOW for Albuquerque Click here to register NOW for Santa Fe.

The video of “The Truth about Gun Violence and Mental Illness,” from Jeffrey Swanson, PhD, is now available on our website.
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Community Engagement Teams (CET) – February, 19, 2014 – Group Conversation for Peers, Families, and Love Ones

NAMI Albuquerque and DBSA Albuquerque are hosting a community conversation for peers, families, and loved ones concerning Community Engagement Teams (CET). The discussion seeks to gain input from peers and families about how CET can help each, as an additional service to mental well-being and safety.

DBSA Albuquerque would very much appreciated our peers, friends, and their families to attend this meeting. This is an excellent opportunity for our issues, concerns, and needs to be heard not only at this meeting but also on the policy-making level.

The Community Conversation is being held at where we meet for our Thursday night support group.

Meeting to Discuss the
Community Engagement Team Proposal

When: 6:30 – 8:30 pm, Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Where: Heights Community Center, 823 Buena Vista SE, Albuquerque 87106
(near the intersection of Coal and Buena Vista on the CNM campus)

What: The Community Engagement Team proposal is a diversion program that gives people an alternative to calling the police when a person living with a serious mental illness is getting sick and needs assistance.

Why: Some people living with a serious mental illness and their families need a respectful method of obtaining treatment early in an illness.

Who: We are seeking input from people living with a serious mental illness and their families.

Jim Ogle of NAMI Albuquerque and Steve Bringe of DBSA Albuquerque will be giving a short presentation on CET for information, after which the remainder of the meeting time will be dedicated to open conversation.

Map to Heights Community Center

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DBSA Albuquerque at New Mexico Behavioral Health Day – January 31, 2014

DBSA Albuquerque has been invited to take part in Behavioral Health Day at the New Mexico Legislature (The Rotunda) in Santa Fe, New Mexico, on Friday, January 31, 2014.

We’d love for you to come say “howdy” so we can get to know the other communities from around our Great State. We can also answer any questions you may have about our organization and how we can help start a DBSA chapter in your community.

Hope is the theme for this year at Behavioral Health Day, and hope is what so many of us at DBSA Albuquerque have found through peer support.

We will be set up at 8 AM and will be leaving by 2 PM.

See you there!

DBSA Albuquerque Board Meeting – January 29, 2014 – 1:00-3:00 PM – Frontier Restaurant – All Welcome!

DBSA Albuquerque is having our first board meeting of the year at the Frontier Restaurant on Wednesday, January 29, 2014.

All are welcome to come and participate in the management of our peer group. No RSVP necessary. Just show up!

Below is our scheduled agenda for tomorrow. There are some great projects in the works and we’d love to involve anyone who’s interesting in lending DBSA Albuquerque a hand this year.

Hope to see you there!


DBSA Albuquerque
Board Meeting
January 29, 2014
1:00-3:00 PM
Frontier Restaurant

Agenda Items
Topic Presenter

Call to Order

Minutes from August 6, 2013 Meeting

Treasurer Report

Business Updates .
- DBSA Albuquerque Brochure Update
- Facilitator Training
- Revising Facilitator Script
- Scanning DBSA Albuquerque business files/Shredding hardcopies
- DBSA Albuquerque Safety Deposit Box
- Leasing DBSA Albuquerque/New Mexico Office Space

Fundraising .
- Local Community Donations/Tax Write-Off
- Pharmaceutical Companies
- Other Ideas/Brainstorming

Community Outreach
- Behavioral Health Day – January 31, 2014 – State Capitol Building (Rotunda)
- Collaboration with behavioral health community agencies/organizations
- DBSA Educational presentations at Heights Community Center (i.e. CET forum, CIT)
- Collaboration with Heights Community Center

DBSA Support Groups in New Mexico
- Santa Fe Spanish Language Support Group – Santa Fe English Language Support Group
- Co-Occurring Support Group – Schizophrenia/Mood Disorder Support Group
- New DBSA Chapters under DBSA Albuquerque (explanation)
- 2014 Goal – DBSA New Mexico

Other Business .


Special Fundraiser for Chavez Family – Tuesday, October 8, 2013 – 6 PM – Garfield Park

Fundraiser Dinner for the Chavez Family.

When: 6 PM, Tuesday, October 8
Where: Garfield Middle School Park, North Valley, Albuquerque
What: Fundraiser taco dinner, $4.00 a plate

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Domestic violence is far too commonplace. Often, we will have individuals, both men and women, who come to DBSA Albuquerque suffering from the severe demoralization and depression that comes with long term abuse, both physical and emotional.

Far too often, domestic violence leads to horrible ends, and sadly, this includes murder. This is what happened here in Albuquerque this past weekend.

From the Associated Press:

Man arrested after fatal Albuquerque stabbing
Published 3:05 pm, Sunday, October 6, 2013

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Sheriff’s officials say a man is in custody after his wife was stabbed to death in a northwest Albuquerque home and deputies found him covered in blood about a bloc k away.

A probable cause statement filed by the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department says deputies went to the home after a 12-year-old boy told 911 dispatchers his father was stabbing his mother. Deputies found Sandra Ferrales dead with multiple stab wounds.

The boy told deputies his 48-year-old father recently told Ferrales he wanted a divorce and moved out. But he returned at Saturday night and confronted his wife in the shower and repeatedly stabbed her in front of the boy and his 6-year-old brother.

Sheriff’s Capt. Justin Dunlap says Chavez faces an open count of murder and other charges.

This tragic story comes to DBSA Albuquerque by a friend of our organization. Tiffany has more than just a passing interest in this horrific crime. She is friends of the family, and her son is good friends with the boys left behind in the wake of this absolute horror.

Tonight, the community of families and friends of Sandra Ferrales and her sons are holding a community fundraiser for the Chavez brothers (the sons of Sandra). With their mother ripped from their lives and the father incarcerated, Tiffany tells me that her community is concerned for the brothers’ finances. More than that, though, Tiffany shared that her community, and the greater community of Bernalillo County, want to assure the brothers that they are not alone in the world, that there are loving souls who still care for them.

The Chavez Family Fundraiser will be at Garfield Park in the North Valley at 6 PM. This will be a fundraiser taco dinner for $4.00 a plate.

Please show your support for the Chavez Brothers. Please spread the word that domestic violence does not only hurt the one, it hurts the families and the community left to grieve.