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Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month—a time to raise awareness and have open conversations about this highly stigmatized topic. Suicidal thoughts can affect anyone regardless of age, gender, or background, although suicide disproportionately affects Native Americans and has been rising at concerning rates among young people. 


There are many protective factors and actions that individuals and communities can take to help prevent suicide and support people with thoughts of suicide. Protective factors include community connectedness, cultural connectedness, meaningful relationships with others, and meaningful activities. For young people, having at least one meaningful adult in their lives is particularly important.

In addition to raising awareness, destigmatizing suicide, and working to increase protective factors, there are also suicide prevention interventions that individuals can get trained in to prepare them for if they ever need to provide support for someone with thoughts of suicide. These trainings are for anyone willing to provide support, and no previous training, education, or experience is required. Suicide prevention interventions include ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) and QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer).

For more information on training opportunities please contact Proud Indigenous Youth Leaders Program Coordinator Tony Quintana at  

National Suicide Prevention Week: Shining a Light on Substance Use Prevention

As we approach National Suicide Prevention Week, it is essential to address a crucial aspect of this sensitive topic that often goes hand in hand – substance use and its profound impact on mental health. This year, the focus is on understanding the connections between suicide and substance abuse while emphasizing prevention strategies to save lives.

National Suicide Prevention Week, observed from September 5th to 11th, serves as a reminder of the importance of mental health and the need to support those who may be struggling. Substance abuse, whether it be drugs or alcohol, can exacerbate existing mental health conditions or serve as a coping mechanism for those feeling overwhelmed.

Studies have consistently shown the alarming link between substance abuse and suicide risk. Individuals battling addiction are at a higher risk of suicidal thoughts and behaviors. It is crucial to dismantle the stigma around addiction and encourage open conversations about mental health challenges to provide a safe space for seeking help.

Prevention is at the core of our efforts during this week and beyond. Awareness is the first step towards prevention. By raising awareness about the connections between substance use and suicide, we hope to empower individuals, families, and communities to recognize the signs and reach out to those in need.

Additionally, fostering resilience is key in preventing substance use and suicidal tendencies. By supporting one another and creating environments that promote mental well-being, we can build stronger and more resilient communities. Schools, workplaces, and families play an essential role in providing resources, support, and understanding.

Moreover, access to mental health services and substance abuse treatment must be a priority. As a society, we must advocate for improved access to professional help, reducing barriers to treatment, and increasing funding for mental health initiatives.

During National Suicide Prevention Week, let's engage in activities that promote healthy coping mechanisms and emotional well-being. Organize events that educate people about the risks of substance abuse, host support groups, and offer resources for those seeking assistance.

Remember, preventing suicide and substance use requires a collective effort. We can all contribute by being kind, compassionate, and empathetic listeners. Let's break the silence and build a community where everyone feels safe to share their struggles and seek help without fear of judgment.

We can make a difference by using this National Suicide Prevention Week to raise awareness about the connections between substance use and suicide, promote prevention strategies, and support those in need. By doing so, we can save lives and bring hope to individuals and families across the nation.

If you or someone you know is struggling with thoughts of suicide or substance abuse, please reach out to a helpline or seek professional help immediately.

Help is always available, and you are never alone.

COIPP Team attends the National Tribal Opioid Summit

The Community Opioid Intervention Pilot Project (COIPP) team attended the National Tribal Opioid Summit (NTOS) in Tulalip, Washington. NTOS, hosted by the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board, was a large working meeting to gather input from professionals, community members, and elected tribal leaders in addressing the opioid public health crisis. The COIPP team learned strategies for strengthening our own approach in addressing opioid and substance use disorder, which holds trauma informed and strengths based practices at its core. NTOS further demonstrates that our relatives dealing with substance use disorder deserve unconditional love and support, no matter where they are in their journey. CHERP looks forward to hosting our next Hope in Healing Native Opioid Summit in Spring 2024.

Online Supply Orders

The Community Health Education and Resiliency Program provides safer sex supplies (condoms, dental dams, lube), HIV Self-Test Kits, Narcan, Fentanyl Test Strips, and Deterra Pouches to individuals and organizations in the IHS Albuquerque Area. Please use the links below to order your supplies.


Safer Sex Supplies and HIV Self-Test Kits:

Narcan, Fentanyl Test Strips, and Deterra Pouches:

For more information about online orders, contact Kurt at


US Conference on HIV/AIDS

September 6-9, 2023

Marriott Marquis

Washington, DC

The 2023 United States Conference on HIV/AIDS (USCHA) will take place September 6–9, 2023 at the Marriott Marquis in Washington, DC. This year’s theme is “A Love Letter to Black Women”.

Similar to the focus on Puerto Rico and Latinx populations last year, the conference will lean into this theme by celebrating and honoring Black women (cis and trans). The conference will highlight Black women across our movements, from activists to women living with HIV, national advocates, community voices, federal leaders, health department staff, healthcare workers, researchers and women-focused organizations. The Opening Plenary will tell their stories and acknowledge their contributions. Their experiences will be highlighted in workshops, institutes, posters, and special events. A section of the exhibit hall will be set aside for small businesses owned and operated by Black women.

For more information, click here.


NM Community Planning and Action Group Meetings - Friday, September 8, 2023 beginning at 9:30 am.

To join the NM CPAG list serve, email John Murphy at

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