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:
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!