Because New Mexico is such a rural state, trying to find a provider or a specialist in the field of Behavioral Health can be challenging. If someone is in crisis they don't need the added frustration of spending hours on the internet trying to find a provider, a support group or an advocacy agency. My mission was to provide a website that was consumer and provider friendly so both groups would be able to easily access information for all their needs. NewMexicoBehavioralHealthResources.com (NMBHR.com) was specifically created to streamline information. In this vein on the bottom menu (an area often easily missed on websites) is a very comprehensive mental health dictionary compliments of the National Mental health Institute. This was added to assist students in the field of counseling and psychology, but also for families in need of answers. In addition a section of acronyms was added for consumers who don't understand the acronyms that are casually tossed around by professionals in meeting and events. Added to the site was crisis hotlines, support groups, and advocacy groups because when someone has a mental health crisis they can't always get into to see a private practicing person ,get an appointment with a mental health agency or even get an admission to a hospital ( unless you can prove you are a danger to yourself or others) . The places where people might find help are local, some are state wide and others are international, because in very rural areas it becomes harder to find local resources. The area where I depend on information most from my audience is the area of local support groups because this is the hardest subject to find information about as many of these groups are casual, and not always advertised. This area is the one most likely to become outdated. I do make every effort to keep all the information pertinent, but I readily accept that groups form and sometimes end quickly, so I accept without reservation any assistance in updating information especially on local support groups ,advocacy groups and new or outdated hotlines located in New Mexico communities Perhaps most importantly that while this website highlights the information that is available but it also points out what is missing, for example despite that OCD ( Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) is a common disorder there are currently no support groups anywhere in the state of New Mexico. I intend to only focus not just on what is available but to be able to point out what is needed. Beforecreating this site, I researched literally many hundreds of different sites that were specific to the fields of mental health. I studied what elements made them easy or hard to use. Then I looked at various New Mexico sites in an attempt to combine the information they contained so that consumers will be able to access one site instead of 12. I have added links that I thought were really pertinent, I have more to put up, I am sure I missed many that people like and anyone can contact me with suggestions of their favorite websites, agencies, and particularly support groups in their communities and I will gladly put the on the website and I can easily do it the same day if information is emailed to me I can cut and paste and Voila! in an instant new information is available I admit that sometimes I have a reference that is outdated. Unfortunately state sites and support groups are the most likely sites to become outdated, fortunately unlike print media, the very moment I get updated info, I can have it on the site in literally seconds.
For providers of services we have aBulletin Board/Events Page that is active to post events, I will post any event anyone gives me that is related to the field of mental health whether it be for consumers, conferences for providers, or national events. I depend on people to let me know what is happening in case I don't know and to gently remind me if I forget to take down an event no longer current. My skin is thick so go ahead and let me know
This website is a work in progress. I have potentially over 4,000 listings that may be added. Be patient it will continue to evolve. April Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org