NM Crisis Counselors Offer Aid and Comfort

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — As news of Anthony Bourdain’s death ricochets around the nation and the state, healthcare workers are trying to increase awareness about suicide and mental health issues and the resources that are available to help people.

Bourdain, a celebrity chef who filmed an episode of his show “Parts Unknown” in New Mexico in September 2013, was found dead from an apparent suicide in Paris Friday morning. The news came just days after designer Kate Spade killed herself in New York.

Wendy Linebrink-Allison, the program manager at New Mexico Crisis and Access Line, said the state-funded round-the-clock crisis line increases staffing of licensed counselors to answer calls after high-profile deaths like Bourdain’s and Spade’s.

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