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Suicide Prevention 2018

The City of Las Cruces Suicide Prevention Task Force is partnering with the State of New Mexico, Mesilla Valley Hospital, NAMI Doña Ana County, and UP Coalition to provide a Mental Health First Aid Training on July 20 and July 27 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at City Hall, 700 N. Main.

“Mental Health First Aid is designed to fight the stigma associated with mental illness and to address the real desire to help people who are struggling,” said Lori Garcia-Palacios, Senior Programs Long Term Care Services Manager. Specifically, participants will learn:

  • Potential risk factors and warning signs for a range of mental health problems, including: depression, anxiety/trauma, psychosis, eating disorders, substance use disorders, and self-injury
  • A five-step action plan to assess situations and implement appropriate interventions
  • The prevalence of various mental health disorders in the U.S. and the need for reduced stigma in their communities
  • The resources available to them to help someone with a mental health problem.

The training is free and limited to 30 participants. Registration will be accepted until the training is full. Participants must attend both days of the training. For more information or to submit a registration form, contact Lori Garcia-Palacios at 575/541-2459 or lopalacios@las-cruces.org.