ALBUQUERQUE, NM – The New Mexico Department of Social Services has launched a program it hopes will help those still feeling the impact of our active wildfire season.
The “Help is Here NM” program was launched in May and has helped more than 2,500 people since then by providing services such as counselling.
“People are really struggling and especially now with the flooding that followed the fires. Flooding has become such a problem there, so they don’t want to leave their homes, they don’t want to leave the ranches because that was their livelihood,” said Dr Lisa Salazar, essential services manager for behavioral health. “So peer helpers go out and offer disaster coping skills, stress management skills, emotional support and they make referrals for housing support, food, health and mental health if they need therapy in that regard.”
The program will run for an additional nine months, from September 2022 to June 2023. Services will also be available in Spanish.
All services, including crisis counselling, are completely free and available seven days a week, either in person, by phone or video call. For more information, visit their website.