- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 1, 2014

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico’s Behavioral Health Services Division has been awarded a suicide prevention grant from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

The grant totals $1.4 million over three years with the state receiving $470,000 each year.

It’s aimed at helping prevent suicide and suicide attempts among working-age adults from ages 25 to 64 and to reduce the overall suicide rate and number of suicides in New Mexico.

The New Mexico Suicide Prevention Program will address behavioral health disparities among geographically and culturally diverse populations by encouraging the implementation of strategies to increase access, service use, and outcomes among diverse populations in rural areas.

For fiscal year 2014, more than 114,000 New Mexicans received behavioral health services. That’s an increase of 31 percent over the previous fiscal year.

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