JoAnn Sartorius, L.I.S.W.
Prevention New Mexico, L.L.C.
Consultation - Training - Program Management
(505) 660-6556 firstname.lastname@example.org
It’s easiest to promote prevention when people are aware of the depth of the problem and have a clear idea of what they can do to help themselves and those they care about. There has been tremendous effort to bring suicide and other public health problems to the fore in recent years. We have a long way to go, however, to not only make people aware, but to reduce the stigma around mental health and suicide in particular. We need to aim for help-seeking without shame.
Providing forums that bring people together to discuss the emotionally charged topic of suicide in a safe environment is one way to help prevent suicide in communities. These gatherings best happen before a tragedy, but often are organized quickly after a suicide when everyone is fragile and worried about how the suicide will effect others. "Suicide clusters" are not a myth.
It’s also very important to recognize that the people left in the wake of a suicide are experiencing a very complex and burdensome grief. Taking care of these folks (i.e. postvention) is essential. Sometimes this means everyone, especially in small communities!
There are many people located around New Mexico that have the skills and knowledge to provide a suicide prevention awareness event or more comprehensive prevention or postvention training. Many of the offerings are free, offered by the NM Department of Health and other organizations. All presentations are sensitive to and targeted to the cultural needs of the audience.
Please e-mail JoAnn to discuss developing a workshop to match your needs.
Contact the resource people at the Department of Health's Office of School and Adolescent Health to find quick assistance for your community after a suicide. Their information can be found on the Suicide Prevention, Intervention and Postvention Resources page of this site.