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Mental Health Monday Path to Wellness Message

Black Maternal Health Week

Black maternal health week allows us to come together and advance health equity across the country on behalf of all racial and ethnic minorities. It is imperative that we acknowledge the hardships that people face. It takes a unified effort to empower people in our community. Empowerment begins with defining and acknowledging the systemic barriers that act as root causes in our communities, and working together to facilitate change. As we strive to create change, we must look at some of the stigmas and inequalities within our communities that can create barriers to people accessing care. When people do not access care, mental health conditions can go untreated and make things worse in one’s life. Read more about rewriting the narrative to find out just how alarming the Black maternal health crisis has become in the U.S. today.

Remember, there are several ways to help support and empower people through health issues they may be experiencing. Understand that there is a lack of cultural competency surrounding the matter of how to access mental health resources. Know that untreated mental health concerns such as anxiety, stress, and depression increase the possibilities for perinatal mood swings, anxiety disorders, and other health concerns that present during pregnancy, and can continue postpartum up to a year after birth.

Focus efforts on supporting the integration of mental health providers into physical healthcare settings, and pregnant women’s care teams. Listen to what people have to say. Validate the experiences of people. Provide platforms for voices to be heard. Realize that mental health is a piece of the whole, as it pertains to the well-being of an individual. There is no health without mental health. Continue to create spaces that amplify the voices of people in our society. When you see something, say something. Celebrate that together we are taking steps to improving our community in its totality. Visit the New Mexico Office of African American Affairs to learn more.

You are not alone. Many people are experiencing a mental health concerns: Depression, Anxiety, Stress, Substance Use, Loneliness… Sometimes it helps to have someone to talk to, someone to listen, someone that makes you feel heard. There is a Path to Wellness. If you need to talk, professional counselors are here to hear you and offer real help on the New Mexico Crisis and Access Line 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Call us at 1-855-662-7474 if you need to talk

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Sexual Assault Awareness Month: The internet has become the new public space where people connect with family, friends, co-workers, romantic partners, and strangers alike. From virtual meetings, chats, video calls, interactions on social media, and dating apps, most communication is currently taking place through screens. As technology has evolved to become such a large part of our everyday lives, our awareness of ways it is being used to bully, threaten, and abuse others has increased as well. Some common online abusive behaviors include posting unsolicited explicit messages and images, child pornography, online harassment, and numerous other ways that consent and boundaries are being breached. Some of these acts are identified as criminal under the law, others violate policies put in place by online platforms (like Zoom, Instagram, Match, and Tinder), and all of these acts of unsolicited harassments have an impact to one’s mental health and wellbeing. With that in mind we need to remember that while sometimes these events remain in the online setting, often times the abuse, assault, harassment, and violence initiated online emerges to an in person setting. So, no matter where the abuse occurs, the impact on the victim, their loved ones, and the community is harmful. Help is available, go to the New Mexico Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs (NMCASP) to find resources. Sexual violence is an umbrella term that includes any type of unwanted sexual contact — either in person or online — including sexual assault, harassment, and abuse. Forms of sexual violence include: Rape or sexual assault; Sexual harassment; Sexual abuse; Unwanted sexual contact/touching; Sexual exploitation and trafficking; Exposing one’s genitals or naked body to others without consent; Nonconsensual image sharing; Words and actions of a sexual nature against a person’s will and without their consent; and Sexual violence represents a range of behaviors. Sexual violence represents a range of behaviors: From sexual assault to catcalling, acts of sexual harassment and violence fall within a spectrum of behaviors. Certain behaviors are clear-cut examples of online sexual abuse, like “Zoom-bombing” and links to pornography, while there are other behaviors that some may say seem like less of a big deal, like sending a partner an unwanted sexual text on a dating app. The reality is that both of these behaviors are influenced by the same attitudes and beliefs that are attributed to from social norms that directly or indirectly condone these behaviors, traditional ideas about masculinity and femininity, attempts to demand and degrade people, and various other forms of oppression.  Awareness and action during Sexual Assault Awareness Month: This April, during Sexual Assault Awareness Month, learn how you can practice consent online, keep the people in your life safe from abuse, facilitate and participate in respectful online communities, explore the impact that trauma from abuse can have, and know that there are options available for victims and survivors looking for support.

Bipolar Disorder Awareness: We all have our ups and downs, but for a person with a diagnosis of bipolar disorder these peaks and valleys are more severe. Bipolar disorder causes serious shifts in a persons mood, energy, thinking, and behavior—from the highs of mania on one extreme, to the lows of depression on the other. It is more than just a fleeting good or bad mood, the cycles of a bipolar disorder experience last for days, weeks, or months. And unlike ordinary mood swings, the mood changes of a bipolar disorder encounter are so intense that they can interfere with a persons job or school performance, damage relationships, and disrupt a persons ability to function in daily life. Bipolar disorder is a diagnosable and treatable mental health condition. However, the signs and symptoms can be subtle and confusing. Many people with a diagnosis of bipolar disorder are often overlooked or misdiagnosed at first, resulting in unnecessary suffering. Since the effects of a bipolar disorder diagnosis tend to worsen without treatment, it’s important to learn what the signs and symptoms look like. Recognizing that a person may have a mental health diagnosis is the first step to feeling better and getting life back on track. If you or someone you know may be experiencing the signs and symptoms of bipolar disorder, reach out to a mental health professional for an assessment and discussion on how to develop solutions that can improve life. Call us at 1-855-662-7474 if you need someone to talk to about your substance use and mental health concerns. Professional counselors are here to hear you and offer support on the New Mexico Crisis and Access Line 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. And, check out the NM 5-Actions Program™ to begin your online self-guided substance use and behavioral addictions recovery and resiliency path.

National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week: National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week® (NDAFW), an annual health observance week designed to connect people with resources to SHATTER THE MYTHS® about drugs and alcohol. By shattering the myths about drugs and alcohol, we help people find ways to talk about the substance use concerns they may be experiencing. There are countless activities that teens, parents, caregivers, and teachers can do to increase awareness on substance use, and how to talk about it.

  • Explore the Nurturing My Mental & Emotional Health activity to help people find strategies to cope with stress and support their mental health.
  • Take the National Drug & Alcohol IQ Challenge. Test your knowledge about drugs and alcohol with this short, interactive quiz.
  • Play the Kahoot! games to test your knowledge on how drugs and alcohol affect people’s brains and bodies.
  • Share your SHATTER THE MYTHS® pledge card and tweet, snap, or post drug and alcohol facts on social media.
  • Participate in the Drug Facts Challenge!, an interactive game using scientific facts about the brain and addiction, marijuana, vaping, and more.
  • Use free, science-based resource activity ideas on various topics; science and standards based lessons and multimedia activities on drugs; and the recently updated Mind Matters series, which helps explain the effects of various drugs on the brain and body.
  • Check out the NM 5-Actions Program™ to begin your online self-guided substance use and behavioral addictions recovery and resiliency path.
  • Call us at 1-855-662-7474 if you need someone to talk to about your substance use and mental health concerns. Professional counselors are here to hear you and offer support on the New Mexico Crisis and Access Line 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

How Can You Use Journaling  to Improve Your Mental Health: Writing in a journal can significantly improve your mental health and your physical health. Writing about stressful events helps you come to terms with them. Journaling and expressive writing has been found to: boost your mood/affect; enhance your sense of well-being; reduce symptoms of depression before an important event (like an exam); reduce intrusion and avoidance symptoms post-trauma; and improve your working memory. It’s hypothesized that writing works to enhance your mental health through guiding previously inhibited emotions (reducing the stress from inhibition), helping you to process difficult events, and allows you to compose a coherent narrative about your experiences. Your journaling will be most effective if you do it daily for about 20 minutes. Begin anywhere, and forget spelling and punctuation. The most important rule of all is that there are no rules. You can read more on how to keep a mental health journal and help yourself get started with these 30 Journaling Prompts for Self-Reflection and Self-Discovery.

International Women’s Day: Individually, we’re all responsible for our own thoughts and actions – all day, every day. We can all choose to recognize gender bias and inequality. We can all choose to seek out and celebrate the achievements of people. Collectively, we can all help create an inclusive world. If you are experiencing mental health concerns as a result of inequalities, and need to talk, professional counselors are here to hear you and offer real help on the New Mexico Crisis and Access Line 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Call us at 1-855-662-7474. If you want to help advance opportunities for women and girls statewide, go to NewMexicoWomen .Org to see what they are doing to encourage women and girls to lead self-sufficient, healthy, and empowered lives.

Self-Injury Awareness Month: Self-injury is any form of hurting oneself on purpose.  Approximately 1% of the United States population uses physical self-injury as a way of dealing with overwhelming feelings or situations, often using it to speak when no words will come. Each year, one in five females and one in seven males engage in self-harm behaviors; 90 percent of individuals who engage in self-harm begin during their teen or pre-adolescent years; Nearly 50 percent of individuals who engage in self-injury activities have been sexually abused; Females comprise 60 percent of individuals who engage in self-injurious behavior; Approximately 50 percent of those who engage in self harm behavior begin 14 years of age and continue into their 20s; Many individuals who engage in self-injury behavior report learning how to do so from their friends or pro self-injury websites or social media pages; Approximately two million cases are reported annually in the United States. All of these self-injury statistics come from reliable sources however truly accurate rates and trends associated with self harm are difficult to come by because the majority of individuals who engage in self harm behavior conceal their activities. Their behaviors may never come to the attention of medical professionals or other social services. Despite the fact that self-injury is far from rare, myths and misunderstanding surround this psychological ailment — mistaken ideas that often result in people that engage in self-injury being treated badly by police, doctors, therapists, and emergency room personnel.

  • Why Do People Self-Injure?: Everyone needs a way to cope with their emotions. For some people, when depression and anxiety lead to a tornado of emotions, they turn to self-injury looking for a release. People who self-injure have turned to hurting themselves as their coping mechanism to manage their emotions. Usually, when people self-injure, they do not do so as a suicide attempt. Rather, they self-injure as a way to release painful emotions. So, people might self-injure to: Process their negative feelings; Distract themselves from their negative feelings; Feel something physical, particularly if they are feeling numb; Develop a sense of control over their lives; Punish themselves for things they think they’ve done wrong; Express emotions that they are otherwise embarrassed to show.
  • Effects of Self-Injury: Self-injury can be seriously dangerous—physically, emotionally, socially, all of it.
    Physical Effects of Self-Injury: Permanent scars; Uncontrolled bleeding; Infection; Emotional Effects of Self-Harm; Guilt or shame; A diminished sense of self, including feeling helpless or worthless; Addiction to the behavior. Social Effects of Self-Injury: Avoiding friends and loved ones; Becoming ostracized from loved ones who may not understand; Interpersonal difficulty from lying to others about injuries
  • Types of Self-Injury: Self-injury can manifest differently for everyone. And, the ways people may self-injury extend far beyond the usual references to cutting in media. Simply, self-injury is anything and everything someone can do to purposely hurt their body. Here are some of the most common types of self-injury: Cutting; Scratching; Burning; Carving words or symbols into the ski;, Hitting or punching oneself (including banging one’s head or other body parts against another surface); Piercing the skin with sharp objects such as hairpins; Pulling out hair; Picking at existing wounds.
  • Symptoms of Self-Injury: Stigma creates shame and embarrassment, making it hard for people who self-injure to get help. So, look out for yourself and for your pals. If you suspect that someone in your life is self-injuring, here are some warning signs to keep top of mind: Scars; Fresh cuts, burns, scratches, or bruises; Rubbing an area excessively to create a burn; Having sharp objects on hand; Wearing long sleeves or long pants, even in hot weather; Difficulties with interpersonal relationships; Persistent questions about personal identity; Behavioral and emotional instability, impulsiveness, or unpredictability; Saying that they feel helpless, hopeless, or worthless.
  • How to Deal With Self-Injury: We all need healthy ways to cope with the hard stuff. We’re here to help you find a healthy alternative to self-injury. Emotions can be really painful sometimes. It’s totally normal to need ways to cope with and process the hard things in your life. If you are using self-injury to manage your emotions, we’re here for you. And, we want to help keep you safe. Here are some ways to push through, process, and cope with your emotions: Reach out to someone to talk when you are dealing with painful emotions, We’re here to hear you and offer help. Call us to connect with a mental health professional and strategize healthy coping mechanisms to manage your emotions. Get creative. Studies show that diving into making art can help people process emotions. So, next time you’re feeling like self-injuring, grab your sharpie and doodle your worries away. Find your zen. Keeping yourself safe from self-injuring is all about finding healthy alternatives to work through the hard stuff. Researchers found taking time to re-center through meditation to be a powerful way to find your cool and calm. Try using a mindfulness app to help you combat anxiety, sleep better, hone your focus, and more. Talk to a pro. Self-injury is serious. And, while the intention behind self-injury usually is not death, it can still be dangerous—both physically and emotionally. Talking to someone who can help you find alternatives is incredibly important. You can find a provider in the community on the New Mexico Network of Care. Know that you are not in this alone. Tell someone you know what is going on. Ask them if they can help you connect with a professional.
  • Recovering from Self-Injury: A lot of people who self-injure do so because they are dealing with painful emotions. If this applies to you, hi—we believe in you and recognize your pain. Because painful emotions are at the root of self-injury, quite often recovering from self-injury involves addressing emotions. Breaking away from the cycle of self-injury can feel like a huge climb. It involves breaking a habit that has once brought comfort from pain. But, it is not impossible. Here are some steps to set you up for success: Name your reason for hurting yourself and your reason for quitting. Ask yourself: “What do I feel before, during, and after self-injury? Which of those emotions do I actively seek out, and which are harmful?” Identify other ways of achieving the same result. For example, if you self-injure for the physical sensation, seek other ways of releasing endorphins, like exercise. For real, try throwing a few punches at a kickboxing class or tapping it back in a spin class with the *perfect* playlist. If you self-injure to express your emotions, practice expressing them in words by writing them down. Grab a pen and your favorite notebook, or start typing away in your notes app. Tackle the underlying emotions. Explore the feelings that lead you to want to hurt yourself. If it’s guilt, where is that guilt coming from? Maybe try finding a therapist—there are pros trained specifically to help with this. Tell someone you trust. Let a friend, family member, or trusted adult know what you’re going through and that you need their support. Opening up to people can be easier said than done. Here’s a place to start: “I’m having a hard time processing some painful emotions and I could use your support right now.”

Eating disorders affect people of every age, race, gender identity, sexual orientation and background. Eating disorders are illnesses in which people experience severe disturbances in their eating behaviors, have extreme thoughts and emotions related to their eating behaviors and body image, and experience serious medical and mental health concerns as a result of obsessions with food, body weight, and shape. Eating disorders can affect a person’s physical and mental health; in some cases, they can be life-threatening. But eating disorders can be treated. Learning more about them can help you spot the warning signs and seek treatment early. Eating disorders are not a lifestyle choice. They are biologically-influenced medical illnesses. The exact cause of eating disorders is not fully understood, but research suggests a combination of genetic, biological, behavioral, psychological, and social factors can raise a person’s risk. Eating disorders affect people of all ages, racial/ethnic backgrounds, body weights, and genders. Although eating disorders often appear during the teen years or young adulthood, they may also develop during childhood or later in life (40 years and older). People with eating disorders may appear healthy, yet be extremely ill. If you think you, or someone you know, may have an eating disorder that interferes with the persons happiness or ability to function, then the person may want to consider seeking help.

Teen dating violence awareness month is part of a national effort to raise awareness and protect teens from violence. Data from the Youth Risk Behavior Survey indicate that 8.6% of high school students in NM who dated have experienced physical dating violence in the past 12 months. Learn how to recognize the signs and symptoms, understand the impacts of teen dating violence, encourage people to learn about healthy relationships and self empowerment, and advocate for people to seek support. Remember that young people are tremendously affected by their relationship experiences. The consequences of teen dating violence can affect ones emotional and mental development. Understand that many times young people and adults are unaware that teens experience dating violence, but unhealthy relationships can begin early and its effects can remain for a lifetime. Learn more about how to spot the red flags of abuse and the patterns of violence. Know there is a path to wellness, learn about healthy relationships and self-empowerment. Click here for more information and statistics.

Self-Care and Self-Love are important to incorporate into your everyday life in order to find and maintain mental wellness. Self-care means taking care of yourself physically and mentally. Self-love means showing kindness to yourself. If you are able to take care of yourself and love yourself, you will be able to be more present and find ways to engage in self-care. Read this article to learn more about incorporating self-care into your life as you guide yourself to a self-love journey. Then, when you are engaging in self-care and finding ways to support yourself, remember that one way of doing this, is to engage in self-compassion exercises that show you that you are being kind to yourself. Check out this article for 9 ways to practice self-love for your mental health.

Black History Month: “Black Family: Representation, Identity and Diversity” focusing on the African Diaspora and the spread of Black families across the country. For more information on what New Mexico is doing to support the African American community visit: New Mexico Office of African American Affairs. Please visit the NAMI website for more information on what happens at the intersection of mental health and one’s experience as a member of a Black or African American community.

National Freedom Day: Where we celebrate President Lincoln’s signing of a resolution that became the 13th Amendment, ending slavery. On this day the US Department of the State has committed to Deepening The Resolve to Fight Human Trafficking. And, as we proceed forward into Black History Month, we encourage you to reflect on heroes of past and present who have carried on the fight for freedom and equality. Such as Carter G. Woodson, a prominent historian and author, who created the celebration of Black History, that used to be a week to honor the vast contributions Black Americans made to American society, then nearly six decades later in 1976, President Ford officially recognized February as Black History Month.

Honoring Native Life: During these times we need to positively impact the health and well-being of the community. Click here to watch supportive videos and learn more about the diverse health promotion and prevention education programs, and specialized public health services, available through the Albuquerque Area Indian Health Board, Inc. (AAIHB).

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s philosophies on human rights, equality, nonviolence, social change, unity, and interconnectedness allowed people to believe that we can all live a life without fear of oppression or restriction. On the third Monday of every January we celebrate this civil rights leader’s life and legacy. Click here to learn about the State of New Mexico’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Commissions purpose and vision.

Human Trafficking Awareness: If you suspect sex or labor trafficking is happening, call 911 and the NM Human Trafficking Hotline at 505-GET-FREE (505-438-3733). More information on human trafficking prevention efforts, outreach, and aftercare is available online at 505GetFree.org  You are not alone. Click here to watch a video on awareness efforts and click here to watch a video on outreach and aftercare efforts.

Path To Wellness Message: You are not alone. There is a path to wellness. If you need to talk, the New Mexico Crisis and Access Line is here to hear you. Click here to watch a public service announcement video.

REACH NM: The New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD) REACH NM provides text-based child abuse and neglect reporting, and direct engagement with CYFD workers. This new service allows you to text with a CYFD expert 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. REACH NM can assist you in finding resources and report concerns of child abuse and neglect. Click here for more information on the REACH NM service.

Healthy Holiday Tips: Some people may feel social distancing contributes to additional stressors during this unprecedented holiday season; while others may find current public health orders offer a relief from the normal hustle and bustle. Ensure that we are finding ways to take care of our mental health during this season. Click here for tips from Mental Health First Aid USA.

The NM 5-Actions Programis a new online digital health self-guided platform for New Mexicans (18 and older) to access help and find hope for a brighter future. Visit the website to learn more about how someone experiencing addictions with alcohol, drugs, substances, or behavioral matters (gambling, sex, food, technology) can begin their free online self-guided journey.

We will get through this together: New Mexicans helping each other – that’s what communities have done since the pandemic began. State agencies are collaborating on mental health initiatives and creating campaigns to urge self-care for all New Mexicans amid the public health crisis. Click here for the State of New Mexico press release on the Path To Wellness.

Welcome to Mental Health Monday Path to Wellness: Every Monday we will send a new NMConnect push notification connecting people to information and offering hope. Click here for information on Mental Health Mondays.

Staying Safe During the Holidays: This holiday season do what’s best for you and your loved ones. Click here for CDC recommendations regarding holiday celebrations.

International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day: You can find connection, understanding, and hope through sharing experiences with other. Learn more at www.afsp.org.

Moments Together With Children: There are tons of simple everyday moments you share with a child. Click here for easy tips and free resources for early learning.

World Kindness Day: Kindness makes a difference in our lives. Click here for more information on ways to be kind to yourself.

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Self Help Information

Mental Health

Dealing with the Effects of Trauma: A Self-Help Guide

Gives guidance on coping with the mental health effects of trauma and taking charge of one’s own recovery. Discusses the process of seeking help from a professional care provider, and lists daily and long-range activities to feel better.

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Action Planning for Prevention and Recovery: A Self Help Guide

Guides people with mental illness or disability in developing an action plan for prevention and recovery. Addresses wellness, daily maintenance, triggers, early warning signs, signs that things are breaking down, and crisis intervention.

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Building Self-Esteem: A Self-Help Guide

Gives self-help tips to raise self-esteem and prevent troubling thoughts and feelings on the path to recovery. Explains the link between self-esteem, depression, and other mental illnesses. Includes daily and long-range exercises to build self-esteem.

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Recovering Your Mental Health: A Self-Help Guide

Suggests self-help strategies that people can use to manage their mental illness and recovery. Discusses signs of depression or other mental disorder, what to do about serious symptoms, patient rights, and questions to ask about medications.

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Speaking Out for Yourself: A Self-Help Guide

Gives self-help tips on how to become a strong self-advocate, and emphasizes the importance of understanding patient rights. Provides assertiveness tips for dealing with daily issues, and describes how to create a plan for when others need to take over.

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Making and Keeping Friends: A Self-Help Guide

Emphasizes the value of friends in the recovery process. Describes self-help activities for making new friends, keeping friendships strong, establishing and honoring boundaries, resolving problems, and building skills that enhance friendships.

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Developing a Recovery and Wellness Lifestyle: A Self-Help Guide

Gives self-help tips to aid in taking action to create a recovery and wellness lifestyle. Topics covered include access to health care, lifestyle, home, employment, diet, exercise, light, and sleep. Lists simple things to do to improve quality of life.

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Suicide Prevention

My3 App
Lifeline for Attempt Survivors
Suicide Attempt Survivors
Loss Survivor Resources
Video Tips on How to Have a #RealConvo About Mental Health

Short and easy-to-understand videos with down-to-earth, practical tips on how you can have a #RealConvo about mental health with the people in your life.

 

Video Tips on How to Have a #RealConvo About Mental Health

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Suicide Anonymous Fellowship
Taking Care of Yourself After Your Treatment in the ER

Gives support for people recovering from a suicide attempt. Discusses how to move ahead after emergency department treatment for a suicide attempt and how to cope with thoughts of suicide. Lists information resources for suicide and mental illness.

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Taking Care of a Family Member after Treatment in the ER

Aids family members in coping with the aftermath of a relative’s suicide attempt. Describes the emergency department treatment process, lists questions to ask about follow-up treatment, and describes how to reduce risk and ensure safety at home.

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Substance Use/Harm Reduction

NM 5-Actions Program

The NM 5-Actions Program is a self-guided, online learning program designed to help people address challenges with substance use (alcohol and drugs) and/or addictive behaviors (gambling, sex, food, technology). Access a new way to help yourself.

Flyer for Community Members
Flyer for Healthcare Workers
Flyer for Prescribers

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Dose of Reality Website

A Dose of Reality is New Mexico’s substance use resource provider supported by the New Mexico Human Services Department, Behavioral Health Services Division, and the Office of Substance Abuse Prevention (OSAP).

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Next Step Toward a Better Life

Describes the stages of recovery from alcohol and drug abuse and what to expect after leaving detoxification services. Offers guidance in adjusting to sobriety just after detox and through long-term recovery; discusses legal issues; and lists resources.

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Services related to HIV, STDs, Viral Hepatitis, and Harm Reduction

Resources and information about services related to HIV, STDs, Viral Hepatitis, and Harm Reduction.

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Facts on Common Substance Use Disorders
Risks of Prescription Painkiller Abuse

Raising Awareness of the Risks of Prescription Painkiller Abuse

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Support Groups

The State of New Mexico’s Behavioral Health Services Division has resources for Self Help and Support Groups.

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Preparing for a Telehealth Appointment

Use this resource from SMI Adviser to help you prepare for video appointments. It contains simple tips about things you should consider.

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Training

If you’re looking for training to be more effective in helping others around you, consider taking a training through one of these available platforms:

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is a course that helps people recognize the signs and symptoms of mental illness, giving people the reassurance to find help for themselves or others. Classes are regularly offered throughout our community and can be found on the MHFA website.

Question Persuade Refer (QPR) is a one hour class that helps people recognize and respond to the signs and symptoms of suicide. Trainings available online. 

Telephone Crisis Intervention Training Videos highlight the comprehensive clinical training each of our clinical specialists receives. The training is also beneficial for mental health professionals, crisis line volunteers, and concerned citizens. Click here to watch the online modules.

Community, Mental Health Provider, and Peer Support Worker Trainings are available at multiple agencies throughout the state. Check out the following agencies for opportunities:
Serna Solutions LLC
LifeLink Training Institute

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