According to the Centers for Disease Control, suicide is one of the top-10 leadings causes of of death in New Mexico – with 533 suicides in 2021, this is a situation that local Mental Health Professionals have zeroed in on and prioritized in the last few years. (Eastern New Mexico News, Autumn Scott, 7/22/23)
Now, in Roosevelt County and Curry County, a new mental health resource is available to the communities: it’s called the Mobile Crisis Unit – with offices in Clovis and Portales.
Justin Nutt, former deputy executive director of MHR in Clovis, left his position to open and operate Nurstead Mental Health – he created the Mobile Crisis Units with the goal of increasing community resources for individuals in crisis. The program is part of a statewide initiative to increase mental health resources in rural areas.
According to the Nurstead website, the business “focuses on the use of psychology in business, conducting assessments and seminars on leadership, team building, and employee engagement and satisfaction” in addition to “[performing] direct service in behavioral health with a focus on crisis response” (nurstead.com)
The Nurstead Mental Health home office is located at 300 Commerce Way in Clovis and they can be reached at 915-400-6006 for information about the services offered to both the community and mental health professionals.
If you or a loved one is experiencing any kind of emotional crisis, mental health or substance use concern, you can find help 24 hours a day, seven days a week, by calling the toll-free New Mexico Crisis and Access Line at 1-855-662-7474.