Congratulations to the 2017 DBSA Albuquerque Board!

DBSA Albuquerque has elected its board for 2017! Congratulations go to …

Executive Board
Steve Bringe – President
Stephanie Juddo – Vice President
Sarah Salway – Secretary
Frank Perry – Treasurer

Board Members at Large
Megan Cox – Director, Chapter Activities Committee
Jana Perry – Director, Education & Outreach Committee

Many thanks go to outgoing 2016 Board members Rasma Cox and Yvonne Cox.

It’s a bit belated coming this year. We’ll be holding elections for our 2018 board in October, 2017. If you’d like to be part of the DBSA Albuquerque board helping to lead our chapter and manage the business of our chapter, please consider nominating yourself this coming October.

Personal note from Steve
I will not be returning as president for 2018. Line in the sand, although I will remain as a member of our chapter and offer my assistance to incoming boards as a resource and guide if requested.

While I’ve appreciated the support I’ve had managing our chapter, it’s time to allow our fellow peers the same opportunity as I did in empowering myself by being part of our board. I’m transitioning to personal educational advocacy projects that are a true passion for me which continue to include DBSA Albuquerque.

We have a great team this year and we’ve hit the ground running with the overarching theme “SUSTAINABILITY”. We’re always looking for chapter member volunteers to help out, so please consider being a volunteer for your chapter.

Huge personal apology: Certified Peer Support Worker and OPRE article

DBSA Albuquerque readers and members,

This is Steve Bringe offering you a HUGE mea culpa and HUGER apology.

The article for the Certified Peer Support Worker training that was supposed to be posted here on our chapter website, with a great amount of information on the training and OPRE, was not posted … quite obviously.

This article was not endorsed by our chapter.

What was posted was an article I had drafted for my personal website StevesThoughtcrimes.com. If you briefly cruise by the site, you’ll see that the content once posted here to the DBSA Albuquerque website is much more fitting to the Thoughtcrimes website. In fact, it was written for the Thoughtcrimes website entirely.

To any DBSA members, OPRE folks, or just anyone who might have been offended by the lack of professionalism and by my personal error, please accept my sincere apologies. In no way was it endorsed by our chapter, the fault is entirely mine.

Best of mental health to you,
Steve Bringe

So Many Apologies: Certified Peer Support Worker Training with OPRE

DBSA Albuquerque readers and members,

This is Steve Bringe offering you a HUGE mea culpa and HUGER apology.

The article for the Certified Peer Support Worker training that was supposed to be posted here on our chapter website, with a great amount of information on the training and OPRE, was not posted … quite obviously.

This article was not endorsed by our chapter.

What was posted was an article I had drafted for my personal website StevesThoughtcrimes.com. If you briefly cruise by the site, you’ll see that the content once posted here to the DBSA Albuquerque website is much more fitting to the Thoughtcrimes website. In fact, it was written for the Thoughtcrimes website entirely.

To any members, OPRE folks, or just anyone who might have been offended by the lack of professionalism and by my personal error, please accept my sincere apologies. In no way was it endorsed by our chapter, the fault is entirely mine.

Best of mental health to you,
Steve Bringe

Spring is coming, and so are DBSA Albuquerque get-togethers!

The temperatures are warming, the sunlight is hanging around a little longer every day, and if it weren’t for the winds today and the impending spring winds of New Mexico to come, we could do pretty much every event outside. But we won’t, because their are cool things inside, too.

Here’s a small sampling of the things we’ll be offering our community, with the single idea of:


Let’s allow the friends we make while at group to meet each other, learn more about each other, and enjoy each others’ company with folks who won’t judge or expect you to be symptom-free to enjoy going out.


DBSA Albuquerque events:

  • Weekly Bosque Walks
  • Sunday visits to any of the Albuquerque and New Mexico museums and parks.
  • “Laugh It Off” performed weekly so our community will under what it is like to live with mental health challenges… and we’re always looking for new comics!
  • Monthly education nights around the city that focus on practical information peers, friends, and families can use.
  • A tour of the 911/242-COPS Call Center (this is a way cool one!)
  • Periodic out-of-city geology and history tours led by Steve Bringe – This requires coordinated transportation.
  • Visits to our state’s National Parks, including our own local Petroglyph National Monument. – We are organizing a talk from NPS employees on the Access Card and how to obtain one.
  • Bowling Nights.
  • City Park barbecues.
  • Peers performing our education programs, “Laugh It Off”, “Milestones In My Recovery Journey”, and “You Cant’ Always See It” to live audiences, with questions and answers afterwards.
  • Our established weekly Game Night, of course.
  • Health Fairs where YOU can come help represent our chapter and our peer community.
  • A Peer Wellness Conference in September. This is going to take a lot of work and we’ll need your help to make it a success.
  • And so so so so so much more!
  • This is just to give you an idea of what we’ll be up to as a chapter this year and into coming years.

    The other main reason for all these events, beyond education, beyond companionship, beyond having fun… For those with mental health challenges, it’s so easy to stay home in bed and isolate. We really want to offer folks a reason to get out of bed into the world. Come to any group. There’s not a one of us who hasn’t isolated because of our symptoms.

    Whew! That’s a lot, although when you think in terms of I’ve been putting this stuff together and planning everything for four years now, it’s not as overwhelming of a task as it might seem.

    Let’s get out when the sun is high, have some fun, and get to know each other better outside of group.

    Let’s get out because it’s great for our wellness and recovery.

    Let’s just get out!

DBSA Albuquerque: We’re looking for guest writers!

How would you like to write something for the DBSA Albuquerque website? And how would you like to see it published with your own personal byline?

Well, we’re hoping you’re willing to share with your chapter just anything you want to share. You can share your stories, thoughts, and ideas about your own mental wellness; you can share that your band is playing a gig this weekend; you can share your poetry; you can share a description and link to your business; you can share and display your art.


The idea is for we peers to show our community that we’re much more than just our diagnosis, our symptoms, and our challenges.


And your help is greatly needed! So please consider contributing to your DBSA Albuquerque website!

If you’d like to contribute to the DBSA Albuquerque website, please email steve.bringe@dbsaalbuquerque.org and your chapter board will work with you to share your article.

Best of mental health to you!

PS: We’d love to have Muggles contribute to the site as well!

Jackie West of Turquoise Lodge is Changing the Narrative One Email at a Time

Every Friday a pair of peers perform comedy inpatient at Turquoise Lodge Hospital for the “Laugh It Off” education program. The idea is to show that it’s okay to talk about your mental health issues and substance issues, and better yet, it’s okay to laugh at the ludicrous things we do at times. Being able to laugh about these sort of horrible things that happened in our lives takes away some of the power the horrible things hold over us.


If you aren’t familiar with Turquoise Lodge, Turquoise Lodge Hospital provides inpatient detox and rehab services to our community friends experiencing challenges with substances, sometimes with a co-occuring diagnosis.

Our colleague Jackie West at Turquoise Lodge Hospital carries these powerful lines in her email signature that resonate. Think “I have bipolar” rather than “I am bipolar”:


Language is powerful. Choose less stigmatizing words. Be the Change.


Substance Abuse -> Furthers the stigma.

Choose: Substance Misuse


Clean -> Implies a using person is ‘dirty’.

Choose: Sober or Substance-Free


Relapse -> ‘Relapse’ has moral roots.

Choose: Reoccurrence


Addict -> Negative label.

Choose person first: Person with a Substance Use Disorder

February 15, 2017 – Happy Behavioral Health Day, New Mexico!!!

Of this past week, Wednesday, February 15, 2017, can be considered the day that the State Legislature of New Mexico truly stood up and declared that the stigmas surrounding and permeating mental health issues will be a thing of the past. It was on February 15, this week, that Senate Memorial 83 (SM0083) passed through the Senate of our New Mexico legislature, and this day will henceforth be known as…


BEHAVIORAL HEALTH DAY!!!


Introduced by Senator Mary Kay Papen, the memorial strives towards understanding, education, hope, and innovation in our state’s behavioral health community. Senator Papen has long been one of our strongest voices in the state legislature, and this was a much-earned personal victory for her endless efforts towards making the lives of peers and their loved ones as joyful and successful as they can be.

DBSA Albuquerque’s Steve Bringe (awardee of the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award from the New Mexico Behavioral Health Planning Council) and his father Stanley Bringe, along with other BHPC awardees and personnel, had the distinct pleasure of being on the Senate floor during Senator Papen’s speech on SB0083, and as it subsequently passed unopposed.

Later that afternoon, the House Memorial for Behavioral Health Day also passed unopposed.

February 15, 2017 – New Mexico Behavioral Health Day. Superb.


NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SENATE OF THE STATE OF NEW MEXICO that February 15, 2017 be declared “Behavioral Health Day” in the senate and that the senate recognize the many people who devote themselves to public policymaking on behalf of the thousands of New Mexicans who live with behavioral health disorders; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the theme for “Behavioral Health Day” be behavioral health in New Mexico — innovation in action;


DBSA Albuquerque is on the go!

Get set for DBSA Albuquerque’s web presence to get a lot more dynamic. We’ve got a good team in place scouring the webernet for news, inspiration, and plain ol’ fun.

https://www.facebook.com/DBSAAlbuquerque/

http://dbsaalbuquerque.org

Follow us. Follow, I say! Follow and win a chance for a 5.4 pound coprolite (dinosaur poop). I kid you not. Shipped right to your door!

Free Parking for DBSA Albuquerque’s Monday Support Group @ Wells Fargo (200 Lomas NW)

Parking has been very limited for our Monday Peer Support Group at the Coffee Shop. We are happy to announce that DBSA Albuquerque is collaborating with Wells Fargo Bank to provide FREE PARKING for folks attending our Monday group.

The best entrance for parking is from 3rd Street, on the east side of the road. This is just south of Lomas.

Just let the Wells Fargo employee in the toll booth know that you are with DBSA Albuquerque for our Monday support group, either on the way in or the way out.

The Wells Fargo parking lot is directly across 2nd Street from The Coffee Shop. You can’t miss the building. It’s the big multistory building that has the “Wells Fargo” sign at the top. It’s also the building that is lit up with green lights at night.

DBSA Albuquerque is collecting winter clothing and items for The Rock at NoonDay

DBSA Albuquerque is collecting any winter clothing (coats, jackets, gloves, hats, hoodies, socks, etc.) and winter items (sleeping bags, blankets, backpacks, etc.) you might have to donate for Albuquerque’s folks experiencing homelessness.

You can bring your donations to any DBSA Albuquerque support group each week.

Monday:
2 PM to 4 PM
The Coffee Shop/Downtown @ 700 2nd
700 2nd Street NW
Albuquerque, NM 87102
At the SE corner of Lomas and 2nd.

Thursday:
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
The Rock at NoonDay
2400 2nd Street NW
Albuquerque, NM 87120
Just south of the Menaul and 2nd intersection on the east side of 2nd Street. Look for the big building with the green metal roof.

Friday:
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Taylor Ranch Community Center
4900 Kachina Street NW
Albuquerque, NM 87120
Across the street from Mariposa Basin Park at the intersection of Kachina and Taylor Ranch. This is just north of the Taylor Ranch and Montano intersection.


For more information about The Rock at NoonDay and the services they provide our community:

Karen Polich
Development Director
The Rock at NoonDay
505.573.4648
development@therockabq.com
www.therockabq.org

Biblical Hospitality for the Hungry, Homeless and Hurting.