In recognition of National Depression Awareness Month, the City of El Paso Department of Public Health (DPH), Police Department and other health organizations are joining efforts with NAMI El Paso to bring awareness to mental health at the free NAMIWalks Your Way event.
“Current research shows that 3 in 10 adults in the U.S. have reported symptoms of anxiety or depressive disorder during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said El Paso Public Health Director Angela Mora.
“The most recent data from the Paso del Norte Health Foundation also underscores the importance of seeking professional behavioral help as an early intervention to prevent hospitalization and improve results.”
NAMIWalks Your Way – set to run from from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, October 9 at Ascarate Park (6900 Delta Dr.) – is the largest mental health awareness event that brings together local organizations equipped with mental health services and assistance for those struggling with their mental health.
Event is free and open to the public. To register for the NAMIWalk Your Way, click here.
The event encourages individuals to put one foot in front of the other and encourages individuals struggling with their mental health to continue healing and seeking support for themselves and their loved ones.
The National Institute of Mental Health reports that in the United States, suicide was the second leading cause of death in 2019 among individuals between the ages of 10 and 34.
In El Paso, the El Paso County Office of the Medical Examiner (OME) recorded 62 deaths by suicide in the year 2020. As of August 18, 2021, the OME has recorded 52 deaths by suicide in the El Paso community.
The El Paso Police department reports higher suicides among males (85%) am among those 20-39 years of age (42%).
City Health Officials urge residents to keep their mental health in check through regular mental health screenings. Residents looking for local assistance, are encouraged to go online or call the local crisis hotline at 915-779-1800.