New video raises awareness about teen suicide in New Mexico

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In the wake of a former Lobo running back’s death, the New Mexico Activities Association has released a video with a message for students and parents on dealing with stress.

KRQE sat down with a mental health professional to talk more about suicide awareness and prevention.

News this week of former University of New Mexico football player Romell Jordan’s sudden passing at age 23 has rocked communities across the state.

Jordan had a tough early life and was adopted by the family of Red Sox catcher and fellow Cleveland High grad Blake Swihart.

“You never know what someone else is going through. Everyone is fighting their own battle,” JP Murrieta with the New Mexico Activities Association said in a video posted online today, encouraging students to talk about their problems

An alarming federal study shows 18 percent of high schoolers in our state have seriously considered suicide and 10% have attempted it.

“Sometimes we’re not comfortable talking about our issues. But every day and every conversation presents new possibilities. One positive interaction can make a huge difference,” he said.

The community of Clovis is still reeling after two high school students killed themselves in separate incidents last month.

One of them, a varsity football player.

It’s happening all over the state. In the past year El Dorado, Rio Rancho, Grants, Bloomfield and Farmington High Schools have all been struck by the same tragedy.

“What we’re seeing more now, this year, is more students that are just struggling with mental health issues, such as depression,” said Megan Delaney, a clinical social worker for Roswell Independent Schools.

Her advice: take any suicide threat seriously and get help.

“What I would say is, ‘I really am sorry that you’re struggling with that, let me help get you the support you need to see if we can help get you to a better place’,” said Delaney.

If you or someone you know needs help, do not hesitate to use the resources below.

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