Recognizing that children, teens and families are facing increased challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic, The Sky Center of the New Mexico Suicide Intervention Project is now offering its free and bilingual counseling services for teens and their families through remote sessions and a limited number of in-person sessions, in accordance the state public health guidelines.
The Sky Center works to address all the factors that elevate the risk of suicide among youth — lack of connection, lack of accessible resources for behavioral health care, difficulties managing moods, lack of resources for housing and food, increased family and relationship conflict — and the ways the pandemic has amplified those issues.
The Sky Center also provides school-based groups to various Santa Fe Public Schools, led by the graduate interns in partnership with the school counselors. These groups, now more than ever, focus on reconnecting youth to each other and to their schools, families and community, to help them manage their daily challenges and strengthen their support network.
For more information or to make an appointment, call (505) 473-6191 or visit nmsip.org.
By Annai Burrola, MSW, development coordinator of The Sky Center.