Mental Health Crisis Response in New Mexico
If you are experiencing a mental health crisis, call the New Mexico Crisis and Access Line at 1-855-NMCRISIS (1-855-662-7474). You may also opt to speak with someone near you, by finding your local crisis line. Alternatively, you may call the National Suicide Prevention hotline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), if you are having thoughts of suicide. This line is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The State of Mental Health in New Mexico
New Mexico currently ranks 30th in the United States for mental healthcare. The New Mexico Department of Health (DoH), is responsible for the reformation of their current mental healthcare system, and for providing the resources necessary to build resilience within their communities. The DoH determines the standard of care that all New Mexico residents can expect when they seek treatment from a licensed counselor or therapist. The DoH is working on implementation of suicide prevention strategies, with an emphasis on youth. The DoH and the Human Services Department are working towards establishing an integrative care model, and improving on accessibility in all phases of mental illness, from prevention, to treatment and recovery. One of the ways that they are doing this is through the Centennial Care Program, which aims to treat individuals in a more holistic way. With these programs, the DoH is aiming for all residents to have access to the resources that promote their well-being and ability to prosper. This includes access to therapists, psychologists, and counselors throughout the state.
New Mexico uses the Indicator-Based Information System (NM-IBIS) to measure the efficiency of mental healthcare delivery, and continued care. The NM-IBIS consists of direct feedback from the community, advocates, family members, and individuals who are impacted by mental health illnesses. This information is used to develop and refine an effective public policy surrounding mental health issues.
For assistance in navigating treatment for substance abuse, call the New Mexico Crisis and Access Line at 1-855-NMCRISIS (1-855-662-7474.
If you are LGBTQ+ and you need support, contact The Trevor Project at 1-866-488-7386.
NAMI New Mexico
The National Alliance for Mental Illness, or NAMI, is open to anyone struggling with mental illness. NAMI is an inclusive and community-based resource geared towards raising awareness and supporting group members on their journey to recovery. With group counseling sessions led by a trained member with a diagnosis (past or present), meetings follow a set of 12 principles for support. NAMI meetings are meant to complement your existing treatment plan with your counselor or psychologist. There are many chapters of NAMI that meet in New Mexico, including virtual meet-ups. Find yours here.
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