NM opens statewide mental health hotline

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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico will make its mental health hotline available statewide starting Friday.

Gov. Susana Martinez announced the expansion of the helpline Wednesday, saying the first step to addressing a mental health crisis is ensuring easy access to services.

Starting Feb. 1, she says the New Mexico Crisis and Access Line will be available across New Mexico at 1-855-NMCRISIS (1-855-662-7474).

The crisis line will be staffed by mental health professionals 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

It has previously been available in some of the state's more densely populated areas.