May 14, 2012: Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter Comes to Albuquerque for Free Talk

Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter Comes to Albuquerque for Free Talk

“Mental illness is the leading cause of disability in the United States, Canada and Western Europe, inflicting more damage than cancer, heart disease, or diabetes; it represents a major economic burden to individuals, families and our society . . . More young people in this country are disabled by mental illnesses than by accidents, gang violence, drug overdoses or cancer or diabetes,” writes Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter in her latest book, Within Our Reach: Ending the Mental Health Crisis.

For more than 40 years, Mrs. Carter has worked to improve the quality of life for people around the world. Mental health has been one of her particular interests. She also advocates for caregiving, early childhood immunization, human rights and conflict resolution.

The UNM Department of Psychiatry – through its IDEAS in Psychiatry program – is hosting this free talk. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear the Former First Lady’s important message of awareness and hope.

· Monday, May 14, 5:30 PM at Popejoy Hall

· Free Admission

· Free Parking (lots A & E)

· Brief book signing immediately following Mrs. Carter’s talk

· Books for sale at event and at UNM Bookstore

· Guaranteed seating to those who register online or by phone by May 6 or (505) 272-3592

(After May 6, seating will be first come, first served.)

Local Collaborative 2 Meeting – April 24, 2012

Bernalillo County Local Collaborative 2 welcomes ALL community members to our monthly meetings where we provide opportunities to collaborate around Substance Abuse & Mental Health Issues in Our Community.

LC2 meets on the fourth Tuesday of every month. The next meeting is April 24, 2012 from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm.

Located at:

First Unitarian Church
3701 Carlisle NE
Albuquerque, New Mexico

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Collaborate with the City to make YOUR VOICE heard.

Collaborate with the County to make YOUR VOICE heard.

Collaborate with the State to make YOUR VOICE heard.

Please JOIN US and make YOUR VOICE heard!

For more information, contact Valerie Quintana at 690-6084 or

DBSA Albuquerque Activity: Rock collecting in Placitas

Now that the weather is getting nice again, we’re starting to gear up with group activities to take advantage of the sunshine.

On Sunday, May 13, DBSA Albuquerque will be taking a field trip to Placitas, New Mexico, to rockhound in the foothills of the Sandia Mountains.

Placitas is located just to the north of Albuquerque. It is no more than a thirty minute drive to the rockhounding site.

What we’ll be looking for is a mineral called selenite, which is a hydrous calcium sulfate. It forms nice crystals, many of which are transparent, in the Mancos shale that crops out in the area. Collecting can be as easy as walking the low hills and arroyos and picking up pieces found on the ground or taking the elbow grease to dig a bit and expose fresh material.

The rockhounding site is located just off the main highway to the west of Placitas. Good rockhounding can be had within a couple hundred yards of the highway. The hills can be steep but are not high. Sturdy walking shoes, a hat, sunscreen, and water are essential for the excursion.

Ideally, we will get enough volunteers to drive so we can carpool to the collecting site. We can also convoy to the site if necessary.

Maps will be provided at next week’s support group meeting.

If you have any questions, please contact Carlee at 505 383 4479 or Steve at 505 514 6750 /

DBSA Albuquerque Garage Sale Fundraiser: May 5-6 2012

Just a quick reminder that DBSA Albuquerque will be having our garage sale fundraiser the first weekend of May at a group member’s home near the intersection of Carlisle and Indian School (an address and map will be provided early next week).

If you have any household items or knick knacks you’re thinking of throwing out during spring cleaning, please consider bringing your stuff to our weekly support groups on Thursday night. If you have items that need picking up, we can arrange for that, too.

We are looking for volunteers to help out with manning the sale in shifts.

You can contact Carlee at 505 382 4479 or Steve at 505 514 6750 / if you’d like to pitch in or have any questions.

The International Bipolar Foundation: 2012 High School Essay Contest



This is a friendly reminder that all essays must be submitted by May 1, 2012 to to IBPF!

The International Bipolar Foundation (IBPF) has as part of its mission to erase stigma associated with mental illness through public education. To that end, we have launched a global essay contest open to all high school students Internationally.

“Our hope”, says Walker, President and founder of IBPF, “is that students will be interested in winning the prize and thereby research stigma in order to write the essay. In so doing, we will be educating a lot of young people and hopefully changing their perception about mental illness”.

The topic of the essay is Changing the Future of Stigma; Bipolar Disorder in 2020. First and second place winners will be judged by a panel of authors who currently write about bipolar disorder and mental illness and the winner will be announced in May to celebrate May as Mental Health Month.

In addition the First Place Winner will receive $500 and the Second Place Winner will receive $100. Both winners will have the opportunity to read their essay via Skype at our Public Forum with former Congressman Patrick Kennedy, May 22.

For more information about the International Bipolar Foundation or to receive the essay rules and registration form, contact Ashley Reitzin:

DBSA Activity: A Moment In Time – The Improvised Musical – April 14

DBSA Albuquerque is attending “A Moment In Time – The Improvised Musical” on Saturday.

What: A Moment In Time
When: 8:00 pm, Saturday, April 14
Where: The Box Performance Space and Improv Theatre
100 Gold Ave. SW #112
Albuquerque, NM 87102

Tickets are $8, but if you decide to go, hang on to your ticket stub and bring it to group on Thursday to be reimbursed for your purchase.

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A few DBSA members went last weekend and spoke highly of the performance. It should be a great night out!

Reminder: 2012 New Mexico Consumer Wellness Conference – April 19 & 20

This April 19th and 20th, the New Mexico Consumer Wellness Conference will be held at the Crowne Plaza Albuquerque in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The vision of the Consumer Wellness Conference is to establish a community of empowerment and dignity.

This year DBSA Albuquerque has been graciously invited to have an informational table at the conference, so be sure to drop in and say hello. Also, DBSA Albuquerque activities coordinator Carlee Philpot will be giving the first presentation on Thursday, April 19. It’d be great if you could come to the conference to support her.

For the Consumer Wellness Conference presentation and presenter schedule, click here.

The New Mexico Consumer Wellness website:

Registration is $20 pre-registration and $30 at the door.

To register for the event: Click here.

Pre-registering and agreeing to fill out a post-conference survey will cost $10. DBSA Albuquerque will reimburse DBSA members for $10 of their registration fee. Be sure to get a receipt for your registration purchase, whether pre-registered or at the door.

Presentations will be in 1 hour 15 minute segments with 45 minutes to 1 hour for the presentation and 15-30 minutes for question and answer.

For more information, email or call Elisa Alford at 505-798-5771.

UNM IDEAS in Psychiatry presents: “Genetic and Environmental Risk Factors for Alcohol Problems” by Dr. Marc A. Schuckit – April 24, 2012

UNM’s IDEAS in Psychiatry presents

“Genetic and Environmental Risk Factors for Alcohol Problems”

Dr. Marc A. Schuckit

Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry, University of California at San Diego

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012, 6:30 pm

UNM Domenici Auditorium

FREE Admission and FREE Parking

Known as an excellent speaker and professor, Dr. Schuckit has studied the sons of people with alcoholism for more than 30 years. He has determined that low response to alcohol is genetically linked and is a risk factor for alcoholism. In addition, people with low brain response to alcohol actually process information differently than those with a high response. In this presentation, he’ll discuss these findings and how they interact with behavioral and environmental factors in alcohol problems.

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Consumer Wellness Conference 2012: Congratulations to Carlee Philpot!

DBSA Albuquerque activities director, Carlee Philpot, has been selected to give a presentation at the New Mexico Consumer Wellness Conference on April 19. Her presentation is entitled “Mental Health and Wellness – The Relationship Between Food, Exercise, Relaxation and Mood” and is scheduled to be the first presentation given on Thursday.

Carlee studied nutrition at Gallaudet University and is a manager/nutritional consultant at GNC here in Albuquerque. Carlee is also a consumer and nutrition and mood are a personal passion of hers.

Congratulations to Carlee! We know she’ll make DBSA Albuquerque proud!