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DBSA Albuquerque’s “Laugh It Off” Community Education Program – Our Chapter closes off Mental Health Month on a Laughable High Note

DBSA Albuquerque “Laugh It Off” stand up comics performed at the Turquoise Lodge Hospital in Albuquerque on May 31, which is the perfect way to close off May and Mental Health Month here in New Mexico. It’s also the perfect way to introduce DBSA Albuquerque’s “Laugh It Off” comedy education program to the Albuquerque communities.

Comics Marion Crouse, Dennis Gray, and Steve Bringe delivered moderately amusing jokes about their own life experiences, highlighting that even the most traumatic events in our recovery journeys can be pretty darned hilarious when told in the proper way.

The folks in the audience responded incredibly positively to our comics’ comedy sets, and what’s great is that the audience asked a ton of truly superb questions about many of the same topics we talk about in Monday and Thursday Support Groups, as well as talking to each other and learning that there are things common to our life experiences and that we’re not all alone in recovery and wellness. The importance of peer connection and power of peer support is integral to DBSA Albuquerque “Laugh It Off” comedy education program.

DBSA Albuquerque thanks Jackie West from Turquoise Lodge Hospital for the invitation, and we hope to continue offering our brand new “Laugh It Off” community education program at Turquoise Lodge.

Stay tuned… our comics are poised to tell their life story/jokes many places around Albuquerque throughout June. Join our DBSA Beacon newsletter for the latest scheduling for our comedy gig. This is an excellent way to learn more about mental health from peers who are excited to tell you about through the magic of humor.

We are recruiting new peer comics for “Laugh It Off”. If you would like more information about the “Laugh It Off” education program, how to get involved, and how you can bring our comics to your community, please contact Steve Bringe at:


Beyond Support Groups: 12th Annual Hubbell Navajo Rug Sale at Petroglyph National Monument

DBSA Albuquerque is meeting at the Petroglyph National Monument Visitor Center This Weekend!

We’ll be at the visitor center from 2 PM to 4 PM. Come Join Us!


12th Annual Hubbell Navajo Rug Sale

Date & Time
Multiple Days: 05/21/2016, 05/22/2016 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Fee Information
Free to attend
Contact Us

Hosted in partnership with Hubbell Trading Post in Arizona, Western National Parks Association and Petroglyph National Monument will present a show and sale of Navajo Rugs on Saturday, May 21 and Sunday, May 22 from 10am to 4pm on both days. A Navajo weaving demonstration will be ongoing and informative talks on Navajo weaving will be presented at 11am and 2pm daily. Native American style music by Nimbus from 12 to 2:00 pm on Saturday, May 21.

This event will take place at Petroglyph’s visitor center located at Unser Blvd. & Western Trail NW. For more information call (505) 899-0205 ext. 347

Visitor Center | Map
10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Fee Information:
Free to attend
Contact Name:
Ed Dunn
Contact Email:
Contact Phone Number:
505.899.0205 x347

Want to see pictures of your brain and be paid for it? MRN is recruiting people for a research study.

Our friends at the Mind Research Network are recruiting individuals for a research study.

I’ve done research projects in the past and they’re really a lot of fun.

Steve @ DBSA Albuquerque

Here are the details. There is a Printable Flyer available with the same information.

Volunteers wanted to participate
in brain scanning study (HRR# 13-637)

– Males and Females between the ages of 25 to 50 with no history of serious medical or emotional problems
– See pictures of your brain and receive $20 per hour. Multiple possible visits
– For more information contact

Andrew Mayer
Printable Flyer

Beyond Support Groups: DBSA Albuquerque Day to Santa Fe

Join the Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance Albuquerque on a trip north to Santa Fe!

WHAT: DBSA Day trip to Santa Fe on the Rainrunner Express
WHEN: Friday, May 13th, 2016 – 9:20 AM
WHERE: Downtown Station to Santa Fe Depot
– $10 for day pass if purchased on the train – there is a discount for buying the ticket from the Railrunner website before boarding the train.
– $10 to $15 for lunch at Tomasita’s (not required)
TRIP COORDINATOR: Victor at (505) 227-1438


Here’s the skinny:

We’ll be riding the New Mexico Railrunner Express train from Downtown Station to Santa Fe Depot.

The train leaves Downtown Station at 9:35. We are meeting at Downtown Station at 9:20 AM, on the train station platform.

The Downtown Station is at the Alvarado Transit Center at 1st and Central, across 1st from the movie theater and Tucano’s.

There is ample paid parking in Downtown Albuquerque, both city street-side parking and private paid lots.

It you aren’t opposed to walking a few blocks, many of the residential streets west of 8th and south of Gold have free city street-side parking.

You choose how long to spend in Santa Fe.

Return trains leave in the PM at 1:00, 4:15, 5:04, 5:30, 6:46, and 9:00.

The trip is open to DBSA members, their family and friends, and our friends in the community.

Retiring the DBSA Albuquerque “Zia” logo – Saying farewell to an old friend (Photo)

After many years of being the identifying logo for the DBSA Albuquerque chapter, the “Turquoise Trail Zia Logo” is being permanently retired.

We are exceptionally thrilled to introduce our new official chapter logo provided by DBSA National!

The “Zia” logo was designed by a DBSA Albuquerque board member many many many years ago to help align our chapter with the rich New Mexico culture as a way of “branding” our chapter with a recognizable local symbol. In New Mexico, our vast peer communities came to know DBSA Albuquerque by this logo.

DBSA as an international organization of over 700 affiliated chapters brings together peers, families and friends under the common ideal “We’ve been there. We can help.” Peer support in understanding and solidarity is essential, and that includes DBSA Albuquerque being recognized as part of the wonderful extended family of DBSA chapters.

DBSA Albuquerque, in cooperation with DBSA National, is opting to use the DBSA Albuquerque logo provided to help New Mexico peers feel as if they are part of our larger world community, that our challenges and triumphs are shared with peers beyond our state borders.

So, while many of our most cherished longtime members shed a few tears over our chapter’s decision, we are officially retiring the DBSA Albuquerque “Zia” logo.

Of course, DBSA Albuquerque is not a graphic symbol, it is a community of peers. Our strength is being a community of peers who share with each other and care for each other.

Thank you, “Zia” logo! You have served us well!

Welcome to the new DBSA Albuquerque website: Let us know what would be useful for you

Hello, Albuquerque communities!

After a few month hiatus, our chapter website is back on the interweb for you.

As we continue to develop our website, we would love your input on what you would find useful from a top-ranking behavioral health website in our New Mexico communities. With a privileged Google, Yahoo, and Bing ranking, it’s a good idea for our chapter to have features and information that are most useful to you right here.

Here are a few things that are in development and should be available in the coming week:

– Site calendar integrated with our Facebook, Twitter, Google+, & email list
– phpBB forum
– Finally finally finally updating our email list
– Behavioral health resources
– Adding printable literature to our “Brochures” page
– Featured peers page… I have no idea what to call this page… essentially, if you have anything you’d like posted to our site, please send it along. Personal stories of living with a mental illness, your art, your music, an upcoming event you’re organizing as just a few examples.
– Mobile version of the website

Please email any suggestions or hints you might have to:

Thanks much!

DBSA Albuquerque in Santa Fe support group is back at the De Vargas Mall!

Download printable DBSA Albuquerque’s Santa Fe Flyer

Great news! Juan Geyer has returned from abroad and among his top priorities is getting our DBSA Santa Fe chapter and support group up and running for the peers of Northern New Mexico!

DBSA Albuquerque in Santa Fe is holding group at the De Vargas Mall Community Room.

Support group meets from 5:30 to 7:30 PM every Thursday.

There is easy parking and entrance at rear of mall, next to Traveler’s Market.

There is dedicated accessible parking and accessible first floor entrance.

DBSA Albuquerue’s
DBSA support group in Santa Fe is 100% Confidential.

For more information, contact Juan at:


Juan is all geared up to make this the best peer support group in Northern New Mexico. We hope you find your way to DBSA Santa Fe support group.

Download printable DBSA Santa Fe Flyer

DBSA Albuquerque Book Club Starts This Week

Hey Fellow DBSA members!

Do you love to read? Are you interested in Sci-fi? Mystery? Murder? Fantasy?

Join DBSA Book Club!

Book Club meetings are the last Tuesday of each month at 7:00 pm.

Meetings will be held at Rasma Cox’s home:

1402 Columbia Dr. NE
Albuquerque, NM 87106

Please come if you are able.

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