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State offers resource for those in crisis


The pandemic. Post-holiday blues. Isolation.

Many people are experiencing a variety of mental-health concerns during January, including depression, anxiety, stress, substance use and loneliness, among others.

The New Mexico Department of Human Services (NMDOH) has initiated crisis phone lines and website resources to help New Mexicans who feel overwhelmed or near the ends of their ropes.

Calling the program “Path to Wellness,” NMDOH issued a press release saying help is available.

“Sometimes it helps to have someone to talk to about these distresses, someone to listen, someone that makes you feel heard,” the release said. “If you need to talk, professional counselors are here to hear you and offer real help on the New Mexico Crisis and Access Line 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.”

The number to call is 855-662-7474. A separate number for mental-health professionals who feel overwhelmed is called the “Peer-to-Peer Warmline,” 855-466-7100. Healthcare professionals and first responders can avail themselves to yet another dedicated line at 855-507-5509.

Those wishing to use web-based resources are encouraged to visit www.nmcrisisline.com or download the NMConnect app from either the Apple Store or Google, depending the type of device being used.