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Mental Health, Drug and Alcohol Abuse Awareness

The UNM community is no stranger to stressors. Mental health, drug and alcohol abuse can become complications that make you feel isolated. You are not alone.  

UNM is a community abundant in resources. Being familiar with resources means you can point someone in the right direction in their time of need, or that you are more likely to reach out when you need assistance. UNMPD works closely with all resources on campus to get you the information and help you need before emergency intervention becomes necessary.
There is a resource to help you with:
Don’t wait until you are in crisis.


  Resources for community members:
  • Student Health and Counseling (SHAC) When students are challenged by excessive stress or difficult personal problems, psychological and/or psychiatric support may be helpful or necessary. The mission of UNM Student Health and Counseling (SHAC) is to enhance the wellbeing of students through access to the highest quality health care, education and advocacy. Our core values of accessibility, equity and affordability, effectiveness, and safety and team work allow us to better serve our students' acute mental and medical health problems. 
  • ASAP offers a wide spectrum of innovative inpatient and outpatient services, from addiction and substance abuse programs to senior care.
  • COSAP organizes and promotes prevention activities and alternative substance-free activities as options for students to enjoy their time at UNM without alcohol and other drugs. COSAP programs are designed to promote realistic estimates of your peers’ and your own Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) use; to increase your success and health; to reduce your risks.
  • CASAA is the UNM Center on Alcoholism, Substance Abuse and Addictions.
  • WRC The Women's Resource Center offers FREE counseling and crisis intervention. Short-term counseling is available for a wide range of issues and immediate support and referrals for any student, staff, or faculty.
  • LGBTQ  provides service to UNM students, faculty, and staff of all gender identities and sexual orientations through support, advocacy, education, and safety.
  • NAMI NM is the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Mental illnesses are brain disorders that are biologically based medical problems. Untreated, they can cause severe disturbances in thinking, feeling and relating. This results in substantially diminished capacity for dealing with the ordinary demands of life. Mental illness can affect persons of any age and occur in any family.
  • The Manzanita Counseling Center has free confidential counseling services.
  • UNM MHC The Psychiatric Center offers Urgent Care and Psychiatric Emergency Services.
  • Agora Crisis Center has a 24 hr. help-line, online emotional support (chat), information and referrals, volunteer opportunities and community training workshops.
  • UNM Veterans Resource Center provides counseling and other services to eligible veterans and their families. Confidential chat at VeteransCrisisLine.net or text to 838255.
  • Counseling, Assistance & Referral Services (CARS) provides on-site services to assist UNM faculty and staff members with professional and personal concerns. Relationship difficulties, anxiety, stress and job burnout, depression, eldercare, coworker conflicts, alcohol or other drug abuse, managing change, grief and loss issues and preparing for retirement are just a few of the issues CARS can address.