New Mexico suicide prevention plans and initiatives
New Mexico’s Suicide Prevention Program is housed within the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDH). In its 2020-2022 State Health Improvement Plan (SHIP), NMDH identifies suicide as a key ”Substance Use & Mental Health” issue and outlines planning efforts with three statewide goals: (1) develop a statewide suicide prevention plan; (2) increase the number of suicide gatekeepers, and; (3) increase secondary prevention of suicide through emergency departments (pp. 17-18).
In 2011 New Mexico law established a statewide Clearinghouse for Native American Suicide Prevention to provide culturally appropriate suicide prevention, intervention and post-event assistance and culturally based Native American youth suicide prevention initiatives (NMSA § 9-7-6.7). The law also establishes an Advisory Council to assist in developing policies, rules, and priorities for the Clearinghouse (NMSA § 9-7-11.5).