Fourth Annual Recovery & Suicide Awareness Night on Sept. 25


Community Partners Collaborate for Fourth Annual Recovery & Suicide Awareness Night on Sept. 25

Las Cruces, NM (Sept. 15, 2020) – In honor of National Recovery & Suicide Prevention Month, multiple community agencies have partnered to present the Fourth Annual Las Cruces Recovery & Suicide Awareness Night from 5 – 8 p.m., Friday, September 25. This year’s event will be virtual due to safety concerns related to COVID-19.

“Due to the importance of recognizing Recovery Month and Suicide Prevention, we could not let the pandemic stop us from hosting this year’s event,” said Kasandra Gandara, City of Las Cruces Mayor Pro Tem and founder of the Mayor’s Task Force for Suicide Prevention, “Now, more than ever, we need to remind the community it’s OK to ask for help.”

The virtual event will be Emceed by KRWG Public Media’s Edmundo Resendez and will feature speakers, music, an art contest and more, all in the name of celebrating recovery and creating awareness for suicide prevention. Individuals whose lives have been affected by substance use and suicide will offer testimonials during the virtual event.

Attendees may access the event by visiting going to: on the day of the event. There will also be a link on the event’s Facebook page at:

“For the last three years we have made great strides in educating the community and supporting those who struggle with addiction and suicide,” said Monique Lopez, Division Director at Families & Youth, Inc., “Collectively, we are committed to continuing the work of eliminating the stigma associated with mental health.”

The event is the result of a collaboration between many community partners and is sponsored by the City of Las Cruces, Families & Youth, Inc., Mesilla Valley Hospital, Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Mexico, Western Sky Community Care, and La Clinica de Familia. Each of the presenting organizations supports those with mental health & substance use conditions and works to educate the public about recovery.

About National Recovery Month

The 2020 National Recovery Month theme, “Join the Voices of Recovery: Celebrating Connections” will hopefully inspire people to recognize the strength and resilience of individuals living in recovery, as well as to encourage those with mental health and substance use conditions to seek treatment. The Recovery Month observance reminds us that when we Celebrate Connections and share our personal accomplishments and

struggles, we combat the stigmas that can impede the recovery journey and send a message to positively impact lives for the better.

About the City of Las Cruces Mayor’s Taskforce for Suicide Prevention

The Mayor’s Taskforce for Suicide Prevention was founded by Mayor Pro-Tem Kasandra Gandara. It was established to build partnerships with community members and agencies with the goal of reducing suicide and its impact on the community by creating an environment that encourages and supports help-seeking behaviors.