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Breaking The Silence/ New Mexico


  • Compassionate Touch Network 1000 Cordova Place, Suite 436 Santa Fe, NM 87505 (map)

BREAKING THE SILENCE /New Mexico confronts the myths and stereotypes that reinforce the silence about mental illness and suicide. Since 2013 BTS/NM-trained adult and youth facilitators have presented to over 5,000 youth in middle and high school classrooms in Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, Bernalillo, Santa Fe, Española, Pojoaque, and Zuni Pueblo. Lessons include personal stories, information, warning signs, and resources. 

To bring Breaking the Silence / New Mexico into your classroom, please email: Barbara Bruce / info.breakingthesilence@gmail.com
 

THREE WAYS TO BREAK THE SILENCE

CLASSROOM PRESENTATIONS
Offering BTS/NM curriculum by a team of trained facilitators to upper elementary, middle, and high school students in the classroom

TRAIN THE TRAINER
Teaching professionals and nonprofessionals to be education facilitators in the class- room and at community forums

COMMUNITY FORUMS
Raising awareness about mental illness and educating city and county community leaders, school administrators and staff, teachers, parents, and the general public

 

GOALS

Breaking the Silence / New Mexico works with upper elementary, middle and high school classrooms to bust the stereotypes and prejudices surrounding mental illnesses and suicide. A team of trained facilitators presents an interactive lesson that educates students to: 
 

  • Recognize that mental illnesses are biologically based,
  • Understand the value of peer support systems,
  • Recognize warning signs, and support early treatment, and
  • Utilize local and national resources
Earlier Event: January 1
Metta Young Artists
Later Event: February 19
The SOMOS Young Writers Salon