About our site

This website serves as a clearinghouse for tools and other resources for Native American communities within the state of New Mexico. We are a resource for Native communities who are working toward suicide prevention by providing necessary trainings, the dissemination of information, technical assistance, and the development of appropriate responses and procedures.

The Native American Suicide Prevention Clearinghouse

The Native American Suicide Prevention Clearinghouse came about with the passage of Senate Bill (SB) 417, sponsored by New Mexico Senator Lynda Lovejoy. The bill was passed unanimously in both houses of the New Mexico legislature. On March 31, 2011, Governor Martinez signed SB 417, establishing a Statewide Clearinghouse for Native American Suicide Prevention to support prevention, intervention and post-vention initiatives. In 2012, through SB 95  an appropriation was made to the University of New Mexico to fund the Clearinghouse for community-based programs and technical assistance. In 2013, SB 447 created the Native American Suicide Prevention Tribal Advisory Council (TAC) to assist in developing policies, rules and priorities for New Mexico Clearinghouse for Native American suicide prevention, which has since been renamed “Honoring Native Life” (HNL).The  HNL team and the TAC work together on suicide prevention initiatives that focus on three priority areas:

  1. Community Capacity Building: through education and training
  2. Community-Based Program Support: through technical assistance and consultation
  3. Education and Mentorship: for youth and college students

“Honoring Native Life,” New Mexico’s Suicide Prevention Clearinghouse for Native Americans is housed at the University of New Mexico’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Division of Community Behavioral Health, located at the Center for Rural and Community Behavioral Health (CRCBH). CRCBH provides community oriented services to underserved populations, engages in rural training and workforce development and strengthens the behavioral health services research capacity in New Mexico.