Af­ter three-year rise, sui­cides drop in NM

Albuquerque Journal - - NEW MEXICO -

SANTA FE — Sui­cides are down in New Mex­ico for the first time in sev­eral years.

That’s ac­cord­ing to the New Mex­ico Depart­ment of Health, which re­ports a 6 per­cent drop in the num­ber of sui­cides in 2016 when com­pared to 2015.

The depart­ment says that’s re­vers­ing a trend of the num­ber of sui­cides in­creas­ing in the last three years. The depart­ment of­fers pre­ven­tion ef­forts such as train­ing pub­lic school staff and com­mu­nity mem­bers as well as pro­vid­ing me­dia guide­lines about safely re­port­ing on sui­cide.

Sui­cide doesn’t have just a sin­gle cause, and data show risk fac­tors in­clude de­pres­sion, abuse, re­la­tion­ship prob­lems, health con­di­tions, fi­nan­cial chal­lenges and le­gal prob­lems.

For help, con­tact the New Mex­ico Cri­sis Line at 855-NMCRISIS or the Na­tional Sui­cide Pre­ven­tion Life­line at 800-273-TALK.

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