New Mexico Suicide Intervention Project Services:
NMSIP provides a crucial continuum of school-based and community efforts to significantly impact the serious problem of youth suicide in Santa Fe County and Northern New Mexico.
SKY Counseling and Training Center
The SKY Center’s core purpose and mission is two-fold:
1. Provide accessible and affordable services for youth and their families who are identified to be at risk. The assessment of “at risk” is indicated by, but not limited to the following:
2. Serve as a teaching and training field site for students in Graduate and Advanced Studies counseling and social work throughout the southwest.
Education and Training Programs
Over the last 17 years, NMSIP has developed training and education programs that have delivered vital suicide prevention training skills and awareness information to several thousand school staff, family members and peers.
Suicide Education and Public Awareness Program
NMSIP provides an educational outreach program that offers prevention and awareness presentations to the general public, including schools, youth service organizations, parents, and community organizations.
The program provides information about the problem of suicide, warning signs, community resources, and seeks to dispel myths about suicide. The program also addresses the related risk factors to suicide, including depression, school problems, family conflict, bullying, and unique issues for LGBT youth.
A “gatekeeper” is anyone who has sustained daily contact with young people, including teachers, school counselors, school nurses, youth organization leaders, camp counselors, to name a few. The Gatekeeper Training program offers intensive suicide prevention training, including identification and recognition of warning signs and high risk symptoms (bullying, school failure, substance abuse, etc.), intervention and community resources.
NMSIP offers professional development opportunities for counselors and educators that can be tailored to meet the needs of school districts and school staff. Participants learn how to create a safety net between schools, communities and families that will protect students in a variety of ways.
Natural Helpers is a peer-helping program situated in all four Santa Fe Public middle schools that is designed to lower the adolescent suicide rate in Santa Fe County and create a caring and supportive community within each school. The program provides intensive training to students who have been identified as “listeners” by their peers and school staff, teaching them to respond effectively when their fellow students experience a wide range of difficulties.
Crisis Support Services
In the aftermath of a youth suicide, there are many questions and usually few answers. Often, those individuals who are charged with leading a community through the grief process, including teachers, principals and community leaders, are grieving themselves.
Crisis support services can assist community and school leaders in navigating the grief process, reaching out to other at-risk youth and talking with parents. Services can be provided in the community or school and are tailored to the specific needs of the community.