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All New Mexicans have a role in suicide prevention

September 5, 2023 - Suicide Prevention - Awareness

SANTA FE — As September marks Suicide Prevention Month, it’s crucial for all New Mexicans to familiarize themselves with the available resources aimed at curbing this alarming issue. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s proactive step of signing a proclamation underscores the importance of raising awareness and fostering prevention measures to combat the rising suicide rates in the state. 

In 2021, New Mexico ranked fourth in the nation for suicides. Among New Mexico residents, suicide was the second leading cause of death for ages 34 and younger in the same year. In 2022, New Mexico hospitals reported more than 2000 emergency department visits related to suicide attempts and more than 18,000 emergency department visits related to suicide ideation. The majority of suicides in the state involve firearms. 

"The ramifications of a crisis or the loss of a loved one to suicide extend far beyond the immediate circle, necessitating united efforts to address this distressing concern,” said Department of Health Secretary Patrick Allen. “The Department of Health's approach to suicide prevention is rooted in data insights and guided by the voices of those who've grappled with suicidal thoughts, attempted suicide, or suffered losses." 

Suicide attempt survivors, medical providers and researchers who study suicide recommend counseling to help find long-term strategies to ease emotional pain and distress. 

In New Mexico resources exist to help those struggling with suicide thoughts. Residents can dial 988 for the suicide and crisis lifeline. Other numbers to call are the New Mexico Crisis and Access line at 855-662-7474 and the Agora Crisis Line at 505-277-3013 or 855-505-4504. 

It is always ok to ask for help and individuals struggling with thoughts of suicide or self-harm should be encouraged and assisted in reaching out for help. Here are a few reasons to seek help: 

  • Worried about your safety or someone you know 
  • Having a hard time managing strong emotions 
  • Feeling hopeless, confused, angry or lonely 
  • Worried about alcohol or drug use (substance use) 
  • Need information or referrals for local community services 

Visit the Injury Prevention Program website more information about suicide prevention. To find out more about the 988 suicide and crisis line visit the website.  

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Todo nuevomexicano puede contribuir en la prevención del suicidio