Prevention Saves Lives!


The New Mexico Suicide Prevention Coalition is devoted to suicide prevention, intervention and postvention; and provides education, support and advocacy to reduce the suicide rate in New Mexico.


CEUs for the Columbia Suicide Severity Rate Scale (C-SSRS) can be paid for here:

There are 2.5 Social Work CEUs being offered for this training (announcement below). You can pay using the “Add to Cart” button here:

Training: Columbia Suicide Severity Rating Scale February 18, 2016

Waking Up Alive, and the New Mexico Suicide Prevention Coalition, in collaboration with Columbia University are proud to present:

Columbia Suicide Severity Rating Scale (C-SSRS):
Training on Assessing Individuals for Suicide Risk

Thursday February 18, 2016
South Valley Multi-Purpose Senior Center
2008 Larrazolo Rd. SW
Albuquerque, NM 87105

Cost: Cost is FREE to attend, but as always space may be limited so please RSVP as soon as possible to

CEUs: There will be 2.5 Social Work CEUs available for this training. Cost for CEUs is FREE for MEMBERS and $10 for NON-MEMBERS. You can pay for CEUs in advance here. We regret that due to the size of the training we are unable to accept payment on the day of the event.


Coalition Membership: Annual Membership starts at $15. Many members have already saved more than $30 on registration fees on past events, and received advanced notice of all training opportunities. Sign up today!


This training will not be repeated, so we hope that you will take advantage of this singular opportunity to learn about one of the most effective, and easy to administer, suicide risk assessments that currently exists in the literature today.

The Columbia Suicide Severity Rating Scale (C-SSRS) Highlights

  • Demonstrated ability to predict risk of suicidal behavior in suicidal and non-suicidal individuals.
  • Mental health training is not required to administer the scale.
  • Paper versions developed for a wide-range of clinical use (research trials, practice, screening, triage, pediatric, military, risk assessment).
  • Electronic self-report using Interactive Voice Technology is available (e-CSSRS).
  • Available in over 100 languages, including country-specific versions.
  • Available at no cost for public health/clinical practice settings.
  • Comprehensive set of training materials is available (in-person, webinar, video, online, scoring/administration and data analytic manuals, triage guidelines)
  • Increases efficient use of resources and improves care delivery as a result of improved accuracy in risk assessment and corresponding triage recommendations.
  • Includes clear definitions of suicidal ideation and behavior, now adopted by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) (see the CDC Self-Directed Violence Surveillance: Uniform Definitions and Recommended Data Elements link to the C-SSRS) and the FDA now requires assessment of suicidal ideation and behavior in clinical trials according to the 11 categories on the C-SSRS.

About the trainer:

Dr. Kseniya Yershova is a Deputy Scientific Director of the Center for Suicide Risk Assessment at the New York State Psychiatric Institute/Columbia University Medical School. She earned her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of California Berkeley and completed her clinical training at the New York Presbyterian Hospital. She is an author on a number of publications on suicide risk assessment and treatment options for suicidal behavior (e.g., in The Oxford Handbook of Suicide and Self-Injury and the Cambridge Concise Guide to Understanding Suicide). She led the psychometric validation work for the Columbia Suicide Severity Rating Scale (C-SSRS; Posner et al 2011, AJP). She has collaborated on the national treatment studies of suicide and ADHD, including the Treatment of Adolescent Suicide Attempters (TASA) and Preschool ADHD Treatment Study (PATS).

Her collaborative report on the long-term outcomes of preschoolers with ADHD was recognized with the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Elaine Schlosser Lewis Award for the best annual paper on pediatric ADHD. As a clinician, she has worked in outpatient, in-patient and emergency services and conducted field assessments for state, regional and international programs: Indiana Reading First, Kentucky 21st Century Community Learning Centers, USAID and World Bank programs in Haiti and Burkina Faso. Dr. Yershova teaches developmental psychopathology, suicide risk assessment and supervises psychiatry residents and psychology trainees at Columbia Medical School.


NAMI Connect Postvention Training – Registration is OPEN

January 22, 2016
Moriarty Civic Center
Moriarty, NM

Cost: FREE

CEUs: This training has been approved for 6 CEUs from NASW; cost for coalition members is free; $15 for non-members

Training Highlights:

  • Best practices on how to coordinate a comprehensive and safe response to a suicide
  • Strategies for reducing the risk of contagion
  • Review of the complexity of suicide-related grief, especially for different age groups
  • Recommendations for funerals and memorial activities
  • Suggestions of how to talk to survivors of suicide loss to promote their healing
  • Best practices for safe messaging about suicide and responding to the media
  • Identification of community resources to promote healing

For more information about NAMI Connect training:



To register contact Sabrina Strong at Space is limited to 30 participants, so if you wish to attend, please register as soon as possible. Please indicate at the time of registration if you would like to pay for CEUs in addition to attending the training.

Meals: Breakfast and lunch are on your own

TG (Transgender) 101 & 201 Training – December 9, 2015

Registration is now closed.

Waking Up Alive, New Mexico Suicide Prevention Coalition, & Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico Present:

TG (Transgender) 101 & 201 Training

December 9, 2015


United Way of Central New Mexico

2340 Alamo SE, ABQ 87106

Who should consider attending: Anyone who might come into contact with transgender or gender-nonconforming youth or adults. These trainings will provide a basic background including culturally appropriate terminology and approaches for more effective and respectful service delivery and every day interactions with trans* individuals.

TG 101 will be presented from 8:30am-12:00pm
TG 201 from 1:00pm-4:30pm





Become a Member of the New Mexico Suicide Prevention Coalition

NEW  Now you can become a member of the New Mexico Suicide Prevention Coalition! Membership begins at $15/year and will provide you with discounts for training and continuing education units for every training we offer.

SAVE THE DATE Join now to receive a discounted price on our upcoming TG (Transgender) 101 & 201 training with Adrien Lawyer of the Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico being offered on December 9, 2015, 8:30am-4:30pm in Albuquerque (registration and CEU details to be announced soon).


Semi-Annual Coalition Meeting – Sept 8, 2015

In honor of National Suicide Prevention Week
Semi-Annual Coalition Meeting

United Way of Central New Mexico, 2340 Alamo SE, Albuquerque 87106

Agenda will include a showcase of several different suicide prevention, crisis intervention, and grief and loss  organizations.  The afternoon will focus on issues of LGBTQ Equality, and will include a Transgender 101 training with Adrien Lawyer of the Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico, and a presentation about suicide prevention advocacy with Mental Health Advocate Ane Romero, congressional staffer with Rep. Martin Heinrich’s office.

Other featured organizations will include the State of New Mexico’s Office of Injury Prevention, the Native American Clearinghouse for Suicide Prevention, New Mexico Crisis and Access Line, Straight Scoop for Vets and Friends, Children’s Grief Center, Albuquerque Survivors of Suicide, and Equality New Mexico.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided. There is no cost to attend but please RSVP to Sabrina Strong at so we can have an accurate count for food.

There will be  6 Social Work CEUs (2.5 of which are Cultural CEUs) available for this event.

There are still a couple of presentation/exhibition spaces available! Email if you would like to provide a short presentation on your organization or would like to have an information table.

QPR Training Late Registration

Thanks you for your interest in QPR Certified Instructor Training (TOT) being held on April 21, 2015 at the United Way of Central NM in Albuquerque.  The cost for late registration is $550.00.  You can register for this training by clicking on the button below:


QPR Train-the-Trainer

Our next QPR Certified Instructor’s Training will be held on April 21, 2015 at the United Way of Central New Mexico in Albuquerque.  For more information, please contact Laura Harrison at (505) 401-9382.  You can download the Registration Form here.

Crisis Intervention Training

We are currently expanding our offerings of crisis intervention trainings for laypeople, first responders, and mental health professionals.  Please check our menu of offerings here:

We sometimes offer general trainings, but you can contact us directly to setup training for your organization or community.  We can tailor our offerings to meet your organization’s need and budget.

New Mexico Children’s Law Institute

Executive Director Sabrina Strong is presenting “Developing and Revising Suicide Prevention Protocols” in a Juvenile Justice Setting this Wednesday at the New Mexico Children’s Law Institute Annual Conference.  For more information about Suicide Prevention in Juvenile Justice, check out the following links:

Developing and Revising Suicide Prevention Protocols

Youth in Contact with the Juvenile Justice System Task Force of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention

Zero Suicide Toolkit: Clinical Care In Systems Framework

Shield of Care –

The Shield of CareTM is a groundbreaking suicide prevention curriculum designed specifically for staffs that work in our nation’s juvenile justice facilities. This curriculum is the culmination of three years of development. The curriculum is based on evaluation data, best practice literature, our experience providing community suicide gatekeeper training in Tennessee’s juvenile justice facilities, input of juvenile justice staff, and our many partners. (Please see the trainer’s manual for a listing of our local and national partners) All materials are free and available for download following the overview of the Shield of CareTM.

For more information about implementing any of these programs and initiatives in your facility, please contact Laura Harrison at (505) 401-9382.

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