NM Opens Statewide Mental Health Hotline

New Mexico will make its mental health hotline available statewide starting Friday.

Gov. Susana Martinez announced the expansion of the helpline Wednesday, saying the first step to addressing a mental health crisis is ensuring easy access to services.

Starting Feb. 1, she says the New Mexico Crisis and Access Line will be available across New Mexico at 1-855-NMCRISIS (1-855-662-7474).

The crisis line will be staffed by mental health professionals 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

It has previously been available in some of the state's more densely populated areas.

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