New Mexico launches support line to help residents cope with COVID-19

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The New Mexico Human Services Department has launched a mental health support line to help New Mexicans experiencing anxiety, stress or emotional challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

State officials said the Cope with COVID-19 Crisis Counseling program provides free and confidential short-term mental health services. Confidential counseling will be available for free by calling (505) 954-1057.

The support line is open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Officials said an operator will connect you with a crisis counselor within 24 hours of a call.

“It can be helpful to talk to someone when you are facing anxiety, depression and stress, which are common emotions to experience when dealing with all the uncertainties 0f the pandemic,” said Neal A. Bowen, the director of the state’s Behavioral Health Services Division. “Through this program, we are connecting New Mexicans with crisis counselors who can provide support to those who are feeling overwhelmed and stressed.”