May is Mental Health Month
- Be Aware
- Be Proactive
- Be Kind
- Be Healthy
Pledge with us to be aware of your loved ones’ mental wellness, and be proactive in finding help when necessary.
More Hope and Help Coming to New Mexico July 16, 2022
May is Mental Health Month, and we have exciting news to share!
Beginning July 16th, 988 will be the new three-digit phone number connecting people to a 24/7 free and confidential lifeline where compassionate, accessible care and support is available for anyone experiencing mental health-related distress—whether that is thoughts of suicide, mental health or substance use crisis, or any other kind of emotional distress. People can also dial 988 if they are worried about a loved one who may need crisis support. There is hope.
Our mental health includes our emotional, social and physical well-being. It affects how we think, feel and act and how we handle stress, relate to others, make healthy choices and is important at all stages of life. 988 can open the door for all New Mexicans to seek mental well-being or substance use help, while sending the message that healing, hope, and help are happening every day. 988 is an important first, but not final step, in reimagining New Mexico’s behavioral health crisis system to respond to anyone in need.
In New Mexico, we need to help each other and use this simple number because one in five adults had at least one mental illness and our suicide death rates are 71.4% higher than the U.S. rate, while 3 out of 4 of us know someone struggling with opioid misuse.
The switch to using 988 is akin to calling 911 for emergencies and is much easier to remember in times of crisis. It is a simple to remember single point of access for New Mexicans to be connected 24/7 to local trained professionals who offer emotional support to those in mental health or substance use distress.
The 988 phone number will be available nationwide for call, text, or chat on July 16, 2022. Until then, those experiencing a mental health-related or suicidal crisis, or those looking to help a loved one through a crisis, should continue to call the Lifeline at its current number, 1-800-273-8255, or call the New Mexico and Crisis and Access Line (NMCAL) at 1-855-662-7474.
988 will be built with accessibility and inclusion in mind to ensure the service is available to all individuals, regardless of communications needs., as well as Spanish support via the press 2 option and interpretation service in more than 150 languages.
988 will route callers to the national lifeline where you can choose to talk, chat or text. All calls are handled by New Mexico professionals who can provide local resources in a moment of crisis.
Reasons to Call:
- Worried about your safety or someone you know.
- Having a hard time managing strong emotions.
- Feeling hopeless, confused or angry.
- Worried about alcohol or drug use (substance use).
- Need information or referrals for local community services.
- Have something on your mind that you want to talk over with someone outside of current situation.
- Service member or veteran and their families in need.
As part of New Mexico reimagining mental health services, the Human Service Department and the Behavioral Health Services Division will be rolling out a campaign in June so keep checking back for additional information.