NEW hunting dates and applications posted on Mescalero Conservation Department page! Click the link to learn more!
Grief & Mourning
Videos were provided by New Mexico Indian Affairs Department, Public Relations Coordinator.
Hello, Suicide Prevention Coalition Members, Friends, and Advocates:
The New Mexico Crisis and Access Line, the New Mexico Department of Health Office of Injury Prevention and the Office of Adolescent and School Health, the Agora Crisis Center, and the Native American Suicide Prevention Council are sending this reminder that September 6th through September11th is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Week.
This Week falls within the context of New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s recent Proclamation of September 2020 as Suicide Prevention Month in New Mexico. Our state’s rates of suicide have been among the highest in the nation for the past two decades, and there is a dire need for ALL New Mexicans to become involved to help prevent the nearly 10 deaths a week from suicide that now occur across our state.
Here are 8 things you can do, or help others to do!
1. Learn more about suicide!
Search the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Suicide Prevention Resource Center, the Alliance of Hope for Suicide Loss Survivors, and Indian Health Service websites for information about suicide, risk factors, and protective influences for people in all ages and cultural groups.
2. Take a Suicide Gatekeeper Skills Training Class!
Effective programs include the 90-minute Question, Persuade, Refer program; a day-long Mental Health First Aid and Youth Mental Health First Aid courses; and a 2-day Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training. Click on the program names to read content descriptions. Some courses are offered on-line and generally charge a fee. Others are offered free through various grant awards or may be offered locally at places of work and in community and school settings.
3. Engage in cultural traditions and activities, and connect with people who may be lonely, Isolated, or depressed.
Feeling connected within the community and with other individuals helps to protect against the despair that can lead to suicide.
4. Limit access to lethal means!
Help to keep at-risk individuals from gaining access to firearms, medications, and other means to injure themselves. The Counseling on Access to Lethal Means program is a free 2-hour on-line course that teaches how to help prevent suicide by applying specific strategies to keep at-risk people safe. Be sure to store firearms safely using a locked cabinet or gun lock. Store ammunition separately and locked up as well.
5. Help reduce stigma about mental health challenges.
Be thoughtful about your use of language in talking with and about people with mental health challenges. Use person-centered language. For example, say “He has schizophrenia” rather than “He is a schizophrenic.” Say “She has a substance use disorder” rather than “She is a junkie.” This reminds us that people with mental health challenges are more than their conditions or illnesses.
Exercise is effective in helping to reduce depression. Invite someone who may be having thoughts of suicide or who is depressed to join you outdoors on a Covid-safe walk.
7. Advocate for behavioral health and substance use treatment services!
Encourage community and tribal leaders to increase their efforts to secure much-needed funding to improve access to mental and behavioral health and substance use treatment services across the entire state. These services are especially needed in frontier and rural communities.
8. Update your phone!
Add these important numbers into your phone:
National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255
New Mexico Crisis and Access Line: 1-855-662-7474
Agora Crisis Center Line: 505-277-3013 Also, download the NMConnect app to call, text, and access mental health resources in New Mexico.
All information provided by Lincoln Co. Community Health Council, New Mexico Department of Health Suicide Prevention Coordinator and Mescalero Responsible Gaming Coordinator.
As of September 10, 2020:
Total tests: 7046
The following are updated documents provided by the Tribe for the Election Board:
The Authorization to perform background check must be filled out with the Statement of Intent forms – for both School Board and Tribal Council.
September is both:
- National Suicide Prevention Month, and
- National Recovery Month
SAMHSA is offering free recovery-focused webinars each Thursday this month: https://www.recoverymonth.gov/#communities-supporting-recovery
GUIDING PRINCIPLES OF RECOVERY
- There are many pathways to recovery
- Recovery is self-directed and empowering
- Recovery involves a personal recognition of the need to change and transformation
- Recovery is holistic
- Recovery has cultural dimensions
- Recovery exists on a continuum of improved health and wellness
- Recovery emerges from hope and gratitude
- Recovery involves a process of healing and self-redefinition
- Recovery involves addressing discrimination and transcending shame and stigma
- Recovery is supported by peers and allies
- Recovery involves (re) (re)joining and (re)building a life in the community
- Recovery is a reality
Recovery emerges from hope. – see more from https://doseofreality.com/recovery/?/
Suicide prevention and intervention resources:
- https://www.nmcrisisline.com/about-us/ watch a short video about NM Crisis and Access Line to be familiar with it:
I encourage you to add their number into your phone and label the contact CRISIS in case you need to share it/ help someone: 855-662-7474
Hello Tribal Members!
Have you filled out your 2020 Census yet? It’s nearing the end of the self-response phase and we want to reward Tribal Members who ALREADY responded!
Call Elaina Via at the Tribal Offices, 464-9270, to be entered for a drawing for completing the 2020 Census!! 2 WINNERS AND 1 GRAND PRIZE WINNER WILL BE DRAWN FOR A GIFT CARD!!
DRAWING ENDS SEPTEMBER 10th AT NOON.
Call NOW to be entered to win if you ALREADY COMPLETED THE CENSUS. Still haven’t yet? No worries. Call Elaina and she’ll tell you where/how to fill out the Census!
I am Mescalero Apache and I Count!
School Supplies available: JOM
Monday – Friday; 9AM – 4PM
Head Start School Supplies: JOM
Starting September 8th, 2020
Monday – Friday; 9AM – 4PM
WHILE SUPPLIES LAST
For more information, call 464-4500.