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.
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.
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.