DBSA Omaha New Hope

Tips for Managing Social Anxiety – 8/5 meeting

Our August 5th meeting was quite energetic, with a total of 20 attending. After introductions took place, an ice breaker question was asked; “ what is your favorite Olympic sport” ? Facilitator Steve presented tonight, discussing “ tips for managing social anxiety “ .  Tips were given on how to manage anxious feelings and situations, including ideas on how to reduce negative thoughts.  Also included were various coping strategies to help alleviate anxiety. Please join us next week, on Thursday August 12th at 7pm,  when we will have game night.

Positive Affirmations – 7/22 meeting

Our July 22nd meeting was full of high energy.  With 18 people in attendance, after short introductions took place, we also posed the weekly ice breaker question; “ what was your favorite outdoor game when you were younger “ ?      Facilitator Renee made her debut presentation entitled “ Positive Affirmations”.  Renee had listed the alphabet on the white board, meanwhile we all voiced positive affirmations that correlated with each letter of the alphabet. Not only did we each learn different words or positive affirmations, but I truly believe a fun time was also had by all.     Don’t forget to join us this Thursday July 29th at 7pm, when we will have Kris as our guest speaker.

Will the Real You Please Step Forward, Part III – 7/15 meeting

Our July 15th meeting got off to a great start, with a total of 18 people attending.  As we went around the room for short introductions, in addition our ice breaker question of the evening was “ what is your favorite Summertime dessert “ ?   All of the talk about delicious desserts really made me hungry!      Facilitator Miriam presented this evening’s topic, “ Will the Real You Please Step Forward, Part III “.   Miriam did a great job in prompting the group to have a thoughtful discussion on encouraging ways to allow your true self to shine.     Please be sure to join us this Thursday July 22nd at 7pm for our weekly DBSA meeting.      The topic this week will be:  “ Positive Affirmations” 

Living in the Past – 7/8 meeting

Tonight’s topic was “living in the past”. With 14 people in attendance, facilitator Don talked about the consequences of living in the past and why, for most of us, it is harmful. We started writing a letter to our former selves about a bad time in our lives. Don used the story of a time when his work life fell apart and how he came to terms with the aftermath. We also took a look at who we are today versus who we were in the past. Noting that we change who we are over time led to the possibility that the bad decisions that we have made throughout our lives might not have actually been bad at the time for the person we were at that time. Please be sure to join us on Thursday July 15th for our weekly DBSA meeting at 7pm. The topic this week will be “ Will the Real You Please Step Forward, Part III”. 

Maintaining a Positive Self-image – 7/1 meeting

 Our pre-4th of July DBSA meeting got off to a spectacular start, with a total of 13 people attending .  As there were some tension filled commutes for some on their way to the meeting this evening, ( thanks to traffic accidents on the freeway ) attendees took their turn at the ice breaker question of the evening; “ How much extra time did it take you to get here tonight “ ?      Facilitator Steve presented this evening’s topic , “ Maintaining a Positive Self-image “.Helpful tips and reminders were given to all on how to give yourself a healthy positive self-image tune-up.    Please be sure to join us on Thursday July 8th for our weekly DBSA meeting at 7pm. The topic this week will be “ Living in the Past”. 

Will the Real You Please Step Forward Part II – 6/24 meeting

 With threatening weather and rain surrounding the area, tonight’s DBSA meeting still managed to get off to a great start with a total of 11 people attending.
Short introductions took place, and attendees also took their turn at answering the ice breaker question of the evening, “ what is your favorite thing to do when it’s raining “ ?
    Facilitator Miriam presented this evening’s topic, “ Will the Real You Please Step Forward Part II “  Great lessons were taught by Miriam on how to stay true to your inner self.
Please be sure to join our friendly group for this week’s DBSA meeting on Thursday July 1st.  Thursday’s topic will be “ Maintaining a Positive Self-image “

The Importance of Self-Care – 6/17 meeting

    With 16 people in attendance, tonight’s DBSA meeting got off to a great start with a special announcement.  At tonight’s meeting our mandatory mask mandate was lifted, as our meeting location no longer requires that you wear a mask. How nice it was to see everyone’s real smiling faces once again!  Please also note if you are more comfortable wearing a mask at our meetings, please feel free to do so.
        After short introductions took place, facilitator Steve presented a topic this evening   on “ The Importance of Self-Care” .  This topic was a great reminder of the many areas of our daily lives where self-care plays an important part.
    Please be sure to join us for this week’s DBSA meeting on Thursday June 24th, at 7pm. Thursday’s topic will be “ Will the Real You Please Step Forward Part II. “

Meet our 2021-22 Board of Directors

Elections are over, and our new board has had their first meeting. Officers were elected.

Miriam – President

Renee – Vice President

Todd – Secretary

Deb – Treasurer

Becki – Outreach Coordinator

Don – Webmaster

Steve – Website Contributor

Kirk – member

Caroline – member

Looking forward to an exciting year!

2021 DBSA Board Elections

Yes, just when you thought you were not going to be asked to vote on anything for a while, it is time to elect a new Board of Directors for our Omaha Chapter of DBSA. We are currently in the initial phase of the election, where each person that decides they want to run for one of the nine seats on our board submits a short paragraph about who they are and why they want to serve on the board for the next year. This phase will be open until May 27th, so if you are interested, take the five minutes to write up something and email it to newhope.dbsa@gmail.com. As we receive each person’s short paragraph, it will be posted here. Voting will open May 1st and remain open until May 10th. There will be a link provided here for you to vote. On May 11th, we will post the names of your new board right here on our website. The first meeting of the new board will be Saturday May 19th, 10am, on Zoom.

Nominations are now closed.

Voting is now closed. Results will be announce at the June 17th meeting!!

And the nominees are…..

Todd: Hello, I am Todd.  My wife and I first became involved in DBSA in 2009 when a family member suffered from substance induced BiPolar, depression and anxiety.  We felt clueless and appreciated the support and information we received at DBSA.  Since then, as a way of “paying back” I have been involved in the Board in various roles, and would like to continue to provide my support out of gratitude and admiration for the resiliency of those who journey with mood disorders.

Deb: DBSA was exactly the group we needed many years ago when we had someone close to us diagnosed with a mood disorder. I have served as Treasurer for many years and would like to continue on the Board as a way of “giving back” to the organization. I have had the opportunity to meet many people that I admire and challenge us each day to live our best!

Don: When we do our intros at the start of each meeting, I often say my diagnosis is “marriage”. Well, that is always good for a laugh, but there is a lot of truth hiding in there. My entire adult life I have lived with not only my own problems, but those of my wife and son as well. I try to bring not only my own experiences to our meetings, but those of a husband and father coping with a family full of ups and downs. The past several years I have served as a board member, facilitator, and your webmaster.

Miriam: I have been a member of DBSA since 2009, and a board member and facilitator for about 7 years. DBSA has helped me live with my mental health issues, which is why I stepped up into a leadership position, to help others as DBSA helped me.

Becki: DBSA is one of the communities in which I am building my full and meaningful life. By being a board member, I would hope to help others on their journey to do the same. I will maintain a nonjudgemental open mind and exhibit kindness and compassion with my peers. I will strengthen my own values by fully participating with board member duties. We reap what we sow; accepting a leadership role in this group is a purposeful, positive seed I can sow.

Carolyn: I want to be on the board because I want to see this group continue its good work. I’m not sure what I will be able to provide, but I will be able to help in different projects that are important to everyone.

Steve:  My name is Steve Burkland and I am very interested in running for the DBSA board.
I have truly enjoyed my tenure on the board during this past most unusual year. As I have enjoyed sharing my life’s journey and my many experiences with others, I feel that I have also grown even more by listening to others life stories along the way. I look forward to the upcoming year and sharing with others as we take our journey together through yet another amazing year.

Renne: My name is Renee Louise Brinkman. I am running for the DBSA Omaha board because I regularly attend meetings and care about the future of the meetings. I bring with me the unique experience of being a transgender woman. I hope I can bring to the table my understanding of the ways mental health conditions intersect with the unique challenges faced by the LGBTQTA+ community. As a member of the board, I hope to work with my fellow members to make improvements and ensure that our support group meetings are safe and welcoming for ALL who wish to attend including the demographics I represent.

Kirk: My name is Kirk McCormick. I wish to run on the board for DBSA in 2021. Big believer in group therapy. I’ve been fortuneate to have met some wonderful people at DBSA throughout the years. I like hearing uplifting stories from others and new insights on how to deal with day to day life. These groups matter and help change lives.

What is involved: Our board meets for about an hour each month. This past year it has met on Zoom. We hope to go back to live meetings for the board soon. Being a board member is different from being a facilitator that leads meetings. While many board members are both, you can do one or the other. We NEED both!!!!! Currently we have unfilled seats on our board and rarely do we have more people interested than the 9 available seats.

New Meeting Cancellation Policy

These days, nothing is normal. Change is everywhere and we need to react to those changes. Our old meeting cancellation policy was “if OPS cancels school, we cancel our meeting”. Well, that simply does not work today. OPS no longer has snow days and honestly, we are equally likely to cancel for other reasons right now. While we will do everything we can to maintain our in person meetings, things that we have no control over could suddenly change.

We will announce any meeting cancellation for any reason both on our Facebook page and on the “upcoming events” section of this web page. Every effort will be made to make the call whether we are live or virtual by 5pm on the meeting day. Should we need to cancel the in person meeting, we will meet via zoom. Same time, same topic, almost the same meeting. The zoom meeting id will be https://zoom.us/j/4023910543

So, make it a habit to check the “upcoming events” page on this website before you leave to come to the meeting on Thursday night!!

On evenings that we meet live, there is no zoom meeting. On evenings we meet via zoom, there is no live meeting.

As always, coming to a meeting is your decision whether in person or on line. If you feel that leaving your home is dangerous in any way (too icy, to many covid cases….) please stay home. You should never risk your physical health to come to a meeting.