Path to Wellness

A path to wellness offers information for people to help themselves or others who are experiencing mental health, suicide, or substance use concerns.

Mental Health Monday Path to Wellness Message

Every Monday we will post a new NMConnect message to provide information and offer hope.

Welcome to Mental Health Monday’s!  State agencies and the New Mexico Crisis and Access Line (NMCAL) will be sharing messages every Monday to offer inspiration and keep people in the loop about best practices, information, and resources. We hope these messages help start your week out with some positivity!

We know that many people are experiencing stress during these times. In order to ensure that there is no wrong door to accessing this information, the Mental Health Monday Path to Wellness information will be shared on the website,  as a “push” communication through the NMConnect app, and as posts through several state agency social media platforms.

The goal of these communications is to offer hope, while ensuring that the messages are available for you to refer back to when you might need them. We encourage you to pass the messages on to people you care about as well. Connections are important to build understanding and hope. Let us connect with you and those you know! We are here to hear you and offer real help, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a  year.  #pathtowellness

Click box below for previous messages.

If you would like to receive NMConnect push notifications, you can download the NMConnect app onto your smartphone.
Link to the Apple iOS download
Link to the Google Play Store download

Previous Mental Health Awareness Messages

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

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.

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

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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If you’re looking for training to be more effective in helping other around you, consider taking a community or professional growth training.

Community Trainings:

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 the signs and symptoms of suicide. Classes are available online. 

Professional Growth Trainings:

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.

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New Mexico Crisis And Access Line

Call toll free anytime 24/7/365 1-855-NMCRISIS (662-7474)

If you are having a life threatening emergency, call 911 immediately.