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About BTSNM

Breaking the Silence New Mexico is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit founded in 2011 as Compassionate Touch Network (CTN). In 2018, CTN took on the business name of Breaking the Silence New Mexico to strengthen the vision of our programming to reduce the stigma, silence, shame, and secrecy surrounding mental illness and suicide. The organization has grown through the years and now includes three core programs.

Talking Mental Health

Talking Mental Health is a best practice, evidence-informed interactive curriculum about mental illness awareness and suicide prevention that complements anti-bullying instruction, and drug and alcohol abuse prevention. Our curriculum reaches upper elementary, middle and high school classrooms around the state. It also includes Professional Development presentations to school staff and service providers, and Community Forums for the general public. MORE INFO»

Inside Out Arts

Inside Out Arts is a program where individuals with mental illness meet to create art in a group setting. Art classes culminate in an annual exhibition that is curated and showcased in a professional gallery. Artists use their practice to connect with community and fulfill a desire for inclusion. MORE INFO»

Minds Interrupted: Stories of Lives Affected by Mental Illness

Minds Interrupted features poignant stories written and presented on a professional stage by individuals and family members who have a loved one living with mental illness. “Minds” has been created and produced in communities around the country. MORE INFO»

Our Mission

Our Mission:  Breaking the Silence New Mexico is a nonprofit organization that promotes mental health literacy, advocacy, and well-being for teens, youth, and adults through education, personal stories, and the arts. 

Our three core programs share the goal of ending the stigma, shame, silence, and secrecy surrounding mental illness and suicide.