About Us

The Southern New Mexico Suicide Prevention and Survivor Support Coalition

The Southern New Mexico Suicide Prevention and Survivor Support Coalition first met in Las Cruces in November 2011 as a joint effort of Memorial Medical Center and New Mexico State University, under the leadership impetus of Bruce San Filippo, MD, Rev. Margaret Short, DMin, and Satya Rao, PhD. The informal coalition quickly expanded to include many community leaders and organizations, among which were

  • Suicide Survivors from Southern NM
  • Community Volunteers
  • New Mexico State University
  • Memorial Medical Center
  • The Center for Grief Services
  • Mesilla Valley Hospice
  • Mesilla Valley Hospital
  • White Sands Missile Range Mental Health Services
  • Las Cruces Public Schools
  • Memorial Medical Center Cancer Program
  • Milagro Community Care
  • Dona Ana County Health & Human Services
  • Hispano Chamber of Commerce
  • The Office of the Medical Examiner
  • The Las Cruces Police Dept. officer for mental health
  • The Mobile Crisis Unit, Southwest Counseling Center
  • The WAVE Program (Wellness, Alcohol and Violence Education Program
  • La Pinon Sexual Assault & Rape Crisis Center

Our Goals
Educate, inform, and raise awareness Reduce stigma, shame, and secrecy Create a forum for conversations and holistic multi-cultural collaborations Provide support to families and survivors of suicide Help facilitate support groups Serve as a resource Conduct research

Our Aim
To take ownership of this issue, empower families and communities, and implement solutions that work in our communities.

Our Mission
By coming together as a coalition, we envision that the communities we live in will have the information and tools to raise awareness, promote education, support survivors of suicide, and reduce suicides and attempted suicides.

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