As the school year begins to come to an end, stress, anxiety and depression are occasionally on the rise, right in our community.
To provide valuable information and plenty of resources, Champions of Youth Ambitions (C’YA) is hosting a suicide prevention session in collaboration with the New Mexico Crisis and Access Line Tuesday, April 30, starting with a brief gathering time at 5 p.m., with the presentation followed by a question and answer period.
The presentation is at the United Church of Los Alamos, 2525 Canyon Road and will be conducted by Wendy Linebrink-Allison.
Linebrink-Allison holds a MSW, MBA, CPSW and has been program manager at the New Mexico Crisis and Access Line (NMCAL) since 2015.
According to NMCAL, the best thing we can do to spread the word is to work together and get help for those struggling with an issue. They also know that there may come a time when you need to call NMCAL to help someone.
“Different things work for different people,” Linebrink-Allison said. “So, we need to ensure that people know that there is always someone here to hear them when they need to talk, and that there is no wrong door.”
Note: volunteers will provide drinks and snacks for this free presentation, while supplies last.
The New Mexico Crisis and Access Line has been operating since February of 2013 and offers a Crisis Line staffed by professionals, a Warm Line staffed by a peer support team and includes a texting option for those not ready to talk. NMCAL provides a mental health professional at 1.855.662.7474. It operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days a year. The Warmline is 1.855.466.7100 and operates 3:30-11:30 p.m. and you can text the Warmline 6-11 p.m. at 1.855.466.7100. NMCAL also hosts a website with valuable information at www.nmcrisisline.com.