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Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. 

Here are some Native specific and some National and Local Resources for our Chiricahua Apache Nation Relatives:

Native Youth Mental Health: Support and information created by youth for youth:  Talk directly with other Natives/youths or Aunties/Uncles anonymously. Click on Resources for help with things such as bullying, sexual health and identity, substance abuse, suicide prevention, and healthy lifestyle, along with a link to ask Native relatives direct questions.  For a full list of resources:

National Suicide and Crisis Lifeline: Dial or text 988 for free 24/7 support |

Native Crisis Text Line: Text NATIVE to 741741 | | For free crisis counseling 24/7

Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women/Relatives: 

Strong Hearts Helpline: 1-844-7NATIVE –
Not Our Native Daughters–
Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women:
Sovereign Bodies Institute:
MMIW Official Facebook Page:

Domestic/Interpersonal Violence and Sexual Assault: call Strong Hearts Helpline at 1-844-7NATIVE (762-8483) is a 24/7 safe, confidential and anonymous domestic and sexual violence helpline for Native Americans and Alaska Natives, offering culturally-appropriate support and advocacy for those seeking emotional support, those struggling with their own behaviors or seeking safety.

New Mexico Peer Support Warm Line: Is a free state-wide program of support when you are just wanting someone to talk to about an emotional, mental, behavioral, and/or substance use concern; recovery; resiliency; or resources. Warmline peer specialists work in close coordination with the professional staff on the New Mexico 988 Crisis and Access Line and are available to call from 7:00am -11:30pm MT or by text from 6:00pm-11:00pm MT, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. You can reach the New Mexico Peer-to-Peer Warmline at 1-855-4NM-7100 (466-7100).

Grief and Loss:

Survivors of Sexual Assault in Department of Defense: Safe Helpline for survivors of sexual assault in the military, anonymous calls at 877-995-5247

National Trans Lifeline tel:+18775658860

Life Link for Human Trafficking, Homelessness, Mental Illness, Trauma and Addiction:

The Life Link in New Mexico is committed to improving individual and community health through breaking cycles of chronic homelessness, mental illness, trauma, exploitation, and addiction.  Call Us: (505) 438-0010; Life Link also specializes in LGTBQI specific support in Santa Fe, NM with connections throughout New Mexico (505) 438-3733

National Human Trafficking Hotline

National Indian Health Board

There are many more resources that may apply to you or you may find helpful depending upon your situation.  Once checking out the above resources and should you not find what you are looking for, please feel free to reach out for additional support to [email protected].

Dr. Christina Cruz, PsyD, NM PSY1713 & CA 33416
Licensed Clinical Health Psychologist
Chiricahua Apache/Lenape w/Chumash Heritage
Chiricahua Apache National Order, Mission and Alliance Director/Treasurer