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Need Someone To Talk To? N.M. Has Some Options

Jun 8, 2018

Since the state introduced a texting option for its Peer-to-Peer Warmline earlier this year, more and more people are using it for emotional support.

The rate of suicides in New Mexico has risen by almost 20 percent in as many years. And this week saw two high-profile celebrities die by suicide.

Wendy Linebrink-Allison runs the state’s hot and warm lines. She says more people call and text in when suicide is making headlines.

New Mexicans have a few options if they want somebody to talk to. There’s the Warmline, created to help people who are feeling upset early on so they might not need a crisis hotline later.

The local Crisis Line is available 24 hours a day, every day in case those feelings become too overwhelming.

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  • People who want someone to talk to can text or call the warmline at 1-855-4NM-7100.

  • The New Mexico Crisis and Access Line number is 1-855-NMCRISIS.

  • There's also the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.

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KUNM’s Public Health New Mexico project is funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the McCune Charitable Foundation, and the Con Alma Health Foundation.