Teen Suicide

Thursday, July 26  at  7 p.m. on Ch.  5.1
Sunday, July 29 at  5 p.m. on Ch. 9.1

Suicide. It’s a topic many people prefer to avoid, especially youth suicide. But in New Mexico, the rate is about two times the national average. It’s the second leading cause of death for people age 15 to 24 in the state. In Native American communities, the rates are even higher.

Many say the first step to removing the stigma of suicide is to talk about it openly and that is exactly what New Mexico PBS will do.

In this month’s Public Square, we will hear from people who attempted suicide, as well as advocates in treatment and prevention.

They will explore the factors behind New Mexico’s high suicide rates and possible solutions with Catherine Torres, Secretary of the New Mexico Department of Health, Sen. Linda Lovejoy, and Roxane Spruce Bly, coordinator of Native American Suicide Prevention Clearinghouse.

Quotes from Public Square participants:

“I had to attempt suicide and be hospitalized because I couldn’t admit that I had lost total control over my life.” — Sabrina Strong,  NM Suicide Prevention Coalition, PUBLIC SQUARE participant

“I felt completely isolated…” — Audrey, PUBLIC SQUARE participant

New Mexico PBS’ community partners in this episode are Hogares, Inc. and the New Mexico Suicide Prevention Coalition.

Funding for PUBLIC SQUARE was provided in part by a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

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