Capacity Builders Inc. Announces Alarming Youth Suicide Rates in San Juan County and the Navajo Nation
The suicide rate among New Mexico and Navajo youth is close to twice as high as the national average. Suicide has consistently been the second leading cause of death among these youth. With few mental health and limited prevention resources…
Now Is The Time
To put an end to youth suicide in New Mexico and the Navajo Nation
Read about Capacity Builders Inc.’s commitment to suicide prevention and early warning intervention through its “Now Is The Time” (NITT) grant initiative. Over the next several years, Capacity Builders will be training hundreds of older youth and adults (ages 18 and above) to become certified Youth Mental Health First Aiders. Specifically, we are hosting a series of 8 hour public education training sessions which will introduce participants to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents. This free training is designed to build participants’ understanding of the importance of early intervention and teaches individuals how to help an adolescent in crisis or who is experiencing a mental health issue. Mental Health First Aid uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to assess a mental health crisis; how to select interventions and provide initial help; and it connects young people to professional, peer, social, and self-help care. We invite local community members, ages 18 and older, to join us for this free training as we challenge you to gain the skills and knowledge needed to eradicate suicide in New Mexico and the Navajo Nation.
- Read about the New Mexico and Navajo youth suicide epidemic
- Read about the “Now Is The Time” grant program here
- Register to become certified as a Youth Mental Health First Aider
- Find out about the Youth Mental Health First Aider curriculum
Native American Teen Suicide Survey
In May 2013, the “Native American Ripple Effect of Teen Suicide” survey was conducted in Shiprock, New Mexico. The results of this survey demand immediate attention! Supported by the New Mexico Youth Alliance and the New Mexico Forum for Youth in the Community, the survey was distributed at local high schools and was completed by approximately 250 teens. Results follow:
|“Youth and teenage suicide has affected my community”||92% – “Strongly Agree”|
|“Teen suicide has been going on for generations”||98% – “Strongly Agree”|
|“In your community, are you willing to talk about death or teen related suicides, especially to outsiders?”||
78% – “Strongly Disagree”
15% – “Don’t Know”
|“Do you know a victim of domestic violence or sexual abuse?”||95% – “Strongly Agree”|
|“Do you know risk factors for suicide attempts in “The REZ”?”||
64% – “Don’t Know”
22% – “Strongly Disagree”
|“Is the difference in health status of teens of cultural backgrounds a major problem for all youth?”||
43% – “Strongly Agree”
31% – “Don’t Know”
With continued financial challenges, limited mental health resources are available to help the many local communities who lost their children and that are in need of prevention and intervention assistance. The challenges are real, and the need for action is desperate.
Adolescent suicide is a public health problem
Adolescent suicide is a public health problem of epidemic magnitude in New Mexico and, specifically, on the Navajo Nation. In 2013, suicide was the second leading cause of death among youth (10-24 years of age) with 62 deaths reported that year. From 1999 to current, suicide rates among New Mexico youth have been nearly double the national rate. More specifically, teen suicide has long haunted the Navajo Nation and community. In the summer of 2010, the President of the Navajo Nation declared a state of emergency after two consecutive teen suicide clusters took the lives of 24 young Navajo youth living in the New Mexico section of the reservation.
Now Is The Time! (N.I.T.T.)
Ten year old, San Juan County nonprofit, Capacity Builders Inc. (CBI) says “Now Is The Time” to stop youth suicide in New Mexico and on the Navajo Nation. The suicide epidemic has impacted nearly all of the lives of our organization’s volunteers and staff. It is our goal to put an end to suicide among high-needs youth and we plan do this with the NITT grant program.
Over the next couple of years, you will be hearing about Capacity Builders’ efforts to prevent suicide and provide early intervention resources throughout San Juan County and the Navajo Nation.
Capacity Builders will be providing a series of one day trainings to hundreds of youth and young adults (ages 18 and above) which will endorse participants as Youth Mental Health First Aiders. During our 8 hour classes, you will learn:
- Signs of addiction and mental illness
- Impact of mental and substance abuse disorders
- The effective 5-step plan-of-action to assess a suicide related situation and help
- Information about local resources and where to turn for help
If you are interested in becoming a Youth Mental Health First Aider or would like more information about the N.I.T.T. program, please contact:
414 W. Broadway
Farmington, NM 87401
(505) 326-4245, ext. 134
E-mail: Thomalisa Yazzie
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Now Is The Time!
Just 8 hours of your time can get you certified as a professionally trained Youth Mental Health First Aider.
Complete this registration form, to secure space in one of our upcoming workshops. The training is free but the skills you will learn to help those in need are invaluable! Available for ages 18 years and up.
Find out more about Youth Mental Health First Aid HERE