New Mexico Crisis and Access Line

This information was pulled from “ABQ the Magazine In Box”

Earlier this year, the state of New Mexico announced a new app called NM Connect, designed to, well, connect you with trained mental health professionals on the New Mexico Crisis and Access Line. 

The app marks an increase in the state’s initiative to battle the emotional and mental fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, and aims to help provide support for those who might not reach out otherwise. All of the support offered on the app is free of charge, and anyone can call or text 24/7 for assistance or just a sympathetic ear. 

“As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to force physical isolation, many people may experience challenging behavioral health symptoms, some perhaps for the first time. This app connects to NMCAL, which is a one stop shop for any and all behavioral health resources across the state of New Mexico,” said Bryce Pittenger, CEO of the New Mexico Behavioral Health Collaborative, one of the organizations that helped develop the app.

The free app is available now on both iOS (Apple) and Android, and includes a “one touch” button for connection to a mental health professional on the State of New Mexico’s 24-hour crisis and access hotline. For non-crisis support, including help finding a therapist or support group, or to just to engage with someone that has been there, the “Text Warmline” option connects people to  a certified peer support specialist for non-emergency support (available from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.) and a “Call Warmline” option is available for peer to peer phone conversations with someone in recovery from their own mental health diagnosis (available from 3:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.).

Though times are tough right now, it’s encouraging that New Mexicans are as dedicated as ever to supporting each other. For more information about the app or about the New Mexico Crisis and Access Line, click here.

This information was pulled from “ABQ the Magazine In Box”