Metro gym to host third annual Suicide Awareness Workout

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — September is Suicide Prevention Month and a metro gym is using exercise to get the word out and raise money this weekend.

This Sunday is the third annual Suicide Awareness Workout at the Rio Rancho Sports Complex. Anyone can join in, no matter their fitness level.

“A quote comes to mind, ‘Each of us makes a difference for all of us.’ I really believe this to be true. Even with this event, we all need to be there for each other,” organizer John Barela said.

“So we’ve actually formed the workout around some of the statistics regarding suicide. It’s a 33-minute workout. What we do is a combination of some pretty easy movements. Then, every 11-minute period throughout our workout we will sound an alarm. Each 11 minutes somebody commits suicide so that’s why,” organizer Stephen Arguelles said.

The workout event is free and open to the public but people can donate if they want to.

All donations will go to the Sky Center New Mexico Intervention Project. The project provides resources to those who are struggling with their mental health.

“The Sky Center is providing a full range of no-cost services to young people and their families. Our primary mission is to reduce the risk of youth suicide. What I mean by that is, that we’re really trying to get ahead of suicide,” said Marisol Peña of the Sky Center.

Registration is at 6:30 a.m. Sunday. Click here to learn more info or see the poster below about the Suicide Awareness Workout.