Our Programs & Trainings

We may all be in the same storm but we are not in the same boat.

The challenges of being a kid or a teenager just got a whole lot harder and the same goes for family life.

The risk factors for depression, anxiety and suicide are at an all time high. Reducing barriers to help and making resources for resiliency available widely is what we are here for: now and always in our community.

The Sky Center/New Mexico Suicide Intervention Project (Sky/NMSIP) provides a crucial continuum of school-based and community efforts to significantly impact the serious problem of youth suicide in Santa Fe County and Northern New Mexico.

Our Programs

Free Family Counseling

Confidential, accessible, family counseling for youth is offered afternoons and evenings at The Sky Center, located behind Ortiz  Middle School in Santa Fe.  Family treatment services are available at no-cost for families with children ages birth through 21.

Inner & Outer Life Skills

Inner/Outer Life Skills (IOLS) is a skill-based group program that bolsters resiliency through emotional (inner) resources and increases external supports within the family, school and larger community. It is a key intervention for youth at high risk of drug involvement, family estrangement, school failure, and suicide risk. Groups are currently offered in 6 Santa Fe County schools.

Adolescent Hugs

 The Adolescent HUGS Program is an intensive, out-patient behavioral health partnership between The Sky Center/NMSIP and CHRISTUS St. Vincent Regional Medical Center (CSVRMC).  Therapists respond 24-7 to the needs of high risk children and adolescents, under the age of 22, who are frequent utilizers of the CHRISTUS St. Vincent Emergency Department.

Postvention Crisis Services

The term, POSTVENTION, refers to suicide prevention and intervention services that reduce the threat of further suicides and attempts.  Postvention services can help community and school leaders navigate the incomprehensible aftermath of a youth suicide or other traumatic event in a school community.

Natural Helpers

Natural Helpers is a peer-helping program that targets a diverse, cross-section of middle and high school students, ages 12-18.  Its purpose is to create a caring and supportive community within each school by teaching selected students how to respond effectively when they or their peers experience a wide range of difficulties.

Our Trainings

Graduate & Advanced Studies Training

 The Graduate Internship and Advanced Studies Training Program offers a challenging and supportive learning environment for graduate students seeking an internship in social work, counseling, psychology or related field.

Suicide Awareness & Gatekeeper Training

 Training, education and public awareness programs deliver vital suicide prevention training skills and information to students, school teachers and staff, behavioral health specialists, faith community leaders, youth service organizations and parents.

The Sky Center’s Toolkit for Wellbeing

(Formerly Mindful Ed.)

This program explores the intersections of trauma-sensitive resiliency practices and community health utilizing research from suicide prevention, interpersonal neurobiology research, and systems theory. Workshops, webinars and staff and student trainings are implemented in collaboration with the Santa Fe Public Schools and community partners.

If you or someone you know needs help, call 1-800-273-8255 for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

You can also text HELP to 741-741 for free, 24-hour support from the Crisis Text Line.

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