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New Mexico State University
The WAVE Program at NMSU
Wellness Alcohol Violence Education

WAVE at NMSU Welcome to the WAVE Program

Mission Statement:
The Wellness, Alcohol and Violence Education Program (WAVE) is a harm reduction program which educates the campus community on issues of personal safety and well-being. WAVE's Peer Educators provide fellow students with information and strategies regarding alcohol use and the prevention of sexual assault and other forms of interpersonal violence. Employing a dynamic and comprehensive plan, we create bridges between campus entities to cultivate safe environments for the NMSU community. WAVE provides services and supports to students regardless of sex, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, disability, religion or national origin.

Click here to set up a WAVE Presentation for your classroom or organization!


Suicide Prevention Efforts

Crisis Assistance Listening Line (CALL) Volunteers Needed!
In June of 2008 WAVE received a grant from the New Mexico Department of Health to operate a crisis line.  The CALL is a 24-hour warm line serving southern New Mexico. As a warm line our operators are trained to handle crisis calls, but we're also available to talk about other issues - such as family issues, problems at school, or depression.
We are continuously accepting applications for volunteers to operate this important community resource.  A forty hour training is offered at the beginning of the fall, spring, and summer semesters.  Volunteers will be expected to cover a minimum of one four hour shift per week. Students can also volunteer for the CALL and receive class credit under CEP 499/598.   Click here to apply.


Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training
In 2011 NMSU was awarded a three year federal grant (SAMHSA) to provide campus wide suicide prevention training. There are three levels training with the most thorough being ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training). ASIST is a two day training (15 hours) and listed in the Best Practice Registry. The ASIST model can be learned and used by both professionals and non-professionals. ASIST is considered a “gatekeeper training”. Gatekeepers such as teachers, peers, mentors, leaders, administrators etc, are people who have primary contact with those at risk for suicide. Surveys have shown that a suicidal person is much more likely to initially share these thoughts and feelings with a non-professional such as a friend, professor, and mentor etc., rather than a professional. Gatekeeper trainings are designed to better prepare the “Gatekeeper” to identify signs and symptoms of suicide and intervene in a manner that makes it most likely that the person at risk for suicide will agree to professional help.

The ASIST training begins with an exploration of our own attitudes and beliefs about suicide and ways in which these attitudes and beliefs may both help and hinder intervening with a person at risk for suicide. The second piece of the training is to learn and practice the intervention model through didactic instruction, video’s and role plays. Much of the training is done in small groups.

This training is ideal for both professionals and non-professionals. Each participant will receive a certificate awarding 15 hours. Most professional licensing boards will accept these hours as CEU’s and many student groups on campus will accept these hours as service learning hours.

Since the inception of this grant 210 student, staff and faculty have completed ASIST training making NMSU a suicide safer community. Click here to register and someone will contact you with the details of the next training. For any questions contact Debra Darmata via email or at 646-5673.