Suicide rates among youth in general in New Mexico are at tragic levels,
while those among American Indian youth are twice as high as the overall state
rate. A new bill to try to make a positive impact is on its way to Governor
Susan Martinez’s desk, and sponsors hope she signs it. From Clearly New
[The bill] creates a statewide clearinghouse to provide technical
assistance and support to facilitate collaboration and establish sustainable
suicide prevention programs in Native communities. The clearinghouse will also
provide culturally appropriate suicide intervention and post-event assistance to
Native American children and their families.
Funding for the measure was removed due to the state’s budget shortfall,
but state officials will use grant money to fund the preliminary work of the
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