Retirement was really not an option for former Rio Rancho Public Schools administrator Barbara Bruce, who “retired” from her last position, principal at Rio Rancho Elementary, in 2013, after almost two decades of working in RRPS.
At the time, she told the Observer “philanthropy” was her passion, and although the word is usually associated with providing money, in this case it’s about providing something more important: life.
Bruce is the program director for Breaking the Silence, one of three core projects overseen by the Compassionate Touch Network. Breaking the Silence began in 2012 and confronts myths that reinforce the silence about mental illness and suicide.
Here in the Land of Enchantment, suicide is the second-leading cause of death for people under the age of 24, and Bruce would like to see that percentage drastically reduced.
May is Mental Health Month, but every month can use attention to the importance of mental health.
Bruce, with support from her husband Richard, a recently retired RRPS administrator, is a trained facilitator who enjoys going back into the classroom — not to observe a teacher, but rather to make presentations on the topic.