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Mayor’s Challenge to Prevent Suicide Among Service Members, Veterans and their Families

Event at Civic Plaza kicked off Suicide Prevention Month.

September 4, 2018

Today Mayor Tim Keller joined the Department of Veterans Affairs and substance and mental health services providers to kick off Suicide Prevention Month. After having already sacrificed so much for our country, service members, veterans and their families are at high risk of suicide.

“The numbers show that by the end of today, 20 people who have chosen to serve our country will be lost to suicide,” stated Mayor Tim Keller. “That’s why we’re coming together as ‘One Albuquerque,’ gathering more than 30 non-profits, government agencies, city departments and local groups with resources aimed at preventing suicide and providing services to our veterans.”

On September 25th, the City’s Department of Family and Community Services will team up with the Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention NM Chapter for a community mental health training.  This will be another important event to bring awareness to this issue.

If you or someone you know needs help, please reach out. Call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.