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Silver City, NM (December 6, 2018) – Hidalgo Medical Services (HMS) will be offering one Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training in Silver City on Thursday, December 13, 2018 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Freeport McMoRan, Inc. has generously agreed to sponsor 10 registration fees (value of $25.00 each) for this training course. Registration is based on first come, first served availability.

This groundbreaking 8-hour training course will take place at the HMS Silver City Community Health Center (located at 1007 N. Pope Street) and gives people the tools to identify when someone might be struggling with a mental health or substance use problem and to connect them with appropriate support and resources when necessary.

1 in 5 Americans has a mental illness, but many are reluctant to seek help or might not know where to turn for care. Unlike physical conditions, symptoms of mental health and substance use problems can be difficult to detect. For friends and family members, it can be hard to know when and how to step in. As a result, those in need of mental health services often do not get them until it is too late.

Just as CPR helps even those without clinical training assist an individual having a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid prepares participants to interact with a person experiencing a mental health crisis. Mental Health First Aiders learn a 5-step action plan that guides them through the process of reaching out and offering appropriate support.

For more information or to participate in this Mental Health First Aid training contact Edith Lee, Chief Support Officer, at (575) 597-2738, or elee@hmsnm.org

Friday, December 7, 2018; Silver City, NM: Grant County high school students reported dramatic decreases in current tobacco use, binge drinking and using painkillers to get high in the recent Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey (YRRS) results for 2017. The survey is conducted every two years and gauges the healthy, and not so healthy, behaviors of Middle and High School students across the nation.

yrrs roadshow 2018The Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey Road Show came to Silver City this week with experts (pictured right to left): Dan Green, NMDOH Survey Epidemiologist; Anne Marlow-Geter, Healthy Schools Coordinator; Robyn Viera, UNM Scientific Research Manager; and James Padilla, NMDOH Tobacco Epidemiologist.This week the YRRS Road Show came to town with a presentation from members of the team that conducted and compiled the results from over 40,000 New Mexican Middle and High School students who participate in the survey, according to James Padilla, Tobacco Epidemiologist from the New Mexico Department of Health’s Tobacco Use Prevention and Control Program. The High School County results were given at the presentation; Middle School results will be released later in the month.

“We are very fortunate to have such investment from school districts and superintendents. Where New Mexico goes above and beyond is the inclusion of Native Americans and rural students. We also include resiliency factors in our version of the survey,” said Dan Green, MPH, Survey Epidemiologist for the New Mexico Department of Health’s Injury and Behavioral Epidemiology Bureau.

gc foundation recipients 2018Pictured from left to right: Denice Baird, Mary Cowan, Barbara Nelson, Nancy Stephens, Kevin Lenkner, Daun Putnam (Courtesy Photo)The Bootheel Foundation is a charitable foundation created 11 years ago in November 2007. The mission is to provide funding to community projects in the areas serviced by Western Bank. Branches are located in Lordsburg, Silver City, Willcox, AZ, and Bisbee, AZ. Every employee, director, and officer of Western Bank contributes to Bootheel Foundation to support this mission. “Western Bank believes in giving money back to the communities we serve and supporting the organizations that impact those communities,” said Mike Martin, Western Bank’s Chairman and CEO. On Thursday, November 29, over 20 non-profit organizations across the 4 branches received support from Bootheel Foundation and a total of $25,000 was awarded.

In Grant County the following non-profit organizations received a donation: Mimbres Region Arts Council (MRAC), Imagination Library, Spay/Neuter Awareness Program (SNAP), Rope 4 Hope, and Wreaths Across America.

MRAC’s Inspire/Aspire programming seeks to expand hands-on experiential learning opportunities that inspire creativity, critical thinking, collaboration and communication. The Inspire/Aspire Fund is dedicated to providing access to arts experiences, regardless of financial or geographical challenges. Programs include: K-12 Southwest Student Arts Exhibit, Blues in the Schools, Creatives in Classrooms, Imagine That-Art Museum In My School, Poetry Out Loud, Youth Murals. To learn more, go here.

father daughterThe Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest Father/Daughter event happened this past weekend at the Bayard Community Center. Over 40 couples attended this enchanted evening. Girls wore dresses to look like princesses and Dads were also dressed up. Dads and girls were served spaghetti dinner by the moms of troop 54289 from Silver City. If you have a passion, share it with a group of Girl Scouts. Girls are more inspired by role models than by academic interests. For more information on Girl Scouts call Annette Toney, local Membership Manager at 538-2481.

mitten tree photoFirst Presbyterian Church of Silver City has created a Mitten Tree, decorated with gloves, hats and jackets to be donated to the children staying at El Refugio, the Silver City Pre-K School children and the children being helped by our local Children, Youth and Families Department. The Church’s mission focus this year is to help where the needs of children and poverty intersect. Earlier this year 1st Presbyterian donated 27 filled backpacks to CYFD, and collected school supplies for Stout Elementary and children staying at El Refugio.

Church members and friends have almost covered the Mitten Tree! Items will be collected until December 14. All are invited to bring things to the church on Sunday mornings, or Tuesday-Friday from 9 a.m.- noon and 1 p.m.- 4 p.m.

cca1Calvary Christian Academy Youth Worship Team led worship at Feed the Need Launch on November 3rd. Left to right: Naomi Ammon, Taylor Collins, Rachel Bobo, Sophia Egge-Ogas, Haley Jacquez, Jesse Jasso (Courtesy Photo)Calvary Christian Academy, a Silver City-based accredited Christian school that educates children from preschool to 12th grade, has launched a fundraising effort called Feed the Need that aims to pack 8,500 meals for Haiti and 1,500 meals for Grant County. Students and staff will assemble bulk ingredients into bags and prepare them for shipment. The mission effort will not only feed thousands, but will also raise funds to expand the school, which is filled to capacity.

Students, parents and faculty have already raised over $29,000 since the program launched on November 3rd, and they aim to raise at least $50,000 by the event date of December 7th. The launch involved the Calvary Christian Academy school as well as members of the community. At the fundraiser launch attended by over 150 people, academy administrator Dea Gros shared the fundraiser plan, and the school’s youth worship team led attendees in worship. 

silver city 1347Silver City parks personnel, with a lift from the Silver City Fire Department, installed Christmas lights on the trees in Gough Park on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018. (Photo Courtesy of Mike Barragree)

gcagg opening 3Artists and customers celebrate the opening of Grant County Art Guild’s new Gallery in downtown Silver City, Nov. 17, 2018. (Picture courtesy of the Guild)The Grant County Art Guild Gallery opened its new doors November 17 with an opening reception for customers, artist members and friends. The new space, at the corner of Bullard and Market in the former Hester House building, is the new home of the 50 year old Guild and represents the fine art and fine crafts of over 25 local talents.

It’s closed on Thanksgiving day, but come in for post Thanksgiving shopping all day Friday. Gift ideas include original paintings, photography, prints, greeting cards, ceramics, sculpture, fiber arts, jewelry, home décor, and more – all by local artists and artisans.

Also note that Saturday the Gallery is open late, closing at 7:00 p.m. Come downtown early to see new arty gifts for Christmas and occasions. Grab a cookie before grabbing a spot nearby for the 28th Lighted Christmas Parade that starts at 7:00.

Come shop at GCAGG every day except holidays. Normal non-holiday Hours are Monday through Saturday – 10:00-5:00, and Sunday – 12:00-4:00.

For more information, you may email Karen Stephenson at karenphotoarts@gmail.com

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