New Mexico VA Health Care System
NMVAHCS to host Motorcycle Ride to Raise Awareness for Suicide Prevention
October 3, 2018
ALBUQUERQUE – The Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center will be hosting it’s first ever Suicide Prevention Motorcycle Ride to help promote suicide prevention awareness throughout our state.
“Suicide is something, sadly, I have personally experienced: a high school friend committed suicide, and when I was in my early 20s, a good friend took his own life,” said RickyPete, State Road Captain for the American Legion Riders, Chapter 22
This years’ New Mexico ride will take approximately 100 motorcyclists from Albuquerque through Tijeras, Espanola, and Taos, around the “Enchanted Circle,” and finish the ride in Angel Fire, New Mexico. At each stop, information on VA enrollment and suicide prevention information will be available to both riders and members of the local community.
The American Legion Riders, Chapter 22, will be coordinating the route.
The inaugural motorcycle ride will take place on Saturday, Oct.13, starting at the Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center, with kickstands up at 9 a.m. Stops along the ride will take place at the Museum of the American Military Family in Tijeras, the Veterans Memorial in Espanola, Taos Community-Based Outpatient Clinics, and gas stations located along the route. There will be a remembrance service on Sunday morning at the Angel Fire Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
“With this ride open to the public, we hope to increase awareness that suicide can be prevented and services are available to veterans across New Mexico,” said Christina Camacho, NMVAHCS Social Worker.
For more information/questions about the inaugural ride, volunteer opportunities, or to donate, please contact Christina Camacho at (505) 265-1711, ext. 3056.