Albuquerque Journal

After three-year rise, suicides drop in NM

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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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