April 24, 2024
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Mental health resources scarce in rural New Mexico

A lack of reliable mental health care is a problem some providers say is so serious that they’re worried about speaking openly about it.”We have a very vulnerable population, and the needs are tremendous,” said one expert, speaking anonymously.This source said areas like the Navajo Nation are in dire need of help.”I think there are so many issues out in tribal areas that that are often overlooked,” he said.He wanted to remain anonymous, but serves as a tribal health advocate and community organizer who specializes in Newcomb, New Mexico, and the Northwest region of the state. But the director of UNM’s Rural Residency Program says help is on the way. “When they go out there, they provide mental health care to those communities in need,” Dr. Jose Canaca said.As director of the program, he said the vast rural population in the state doesn’t have the best access to behavioral health care. It’s why he says a program like this is crucial for people who live in areas like Alamogordo, Zuni Pueblo, and even Las Cruces.”Maybe some of the patients from those communities had to travel to the big cities to see a provider,” Canaca said. More than half of New Mexico’s population identifies as Hispanic or Latino, and 10 percent as Native American. These are groups Canaca and this provider agree need more support.”Probably one of the biggest barriers is being able to retain, retain providers in the area and also to provide them with the resources to be able to carry out services effectively,” Our anonymous provider said.In rural areas, he says, people are dealing with substance abuse and traveling long distances to a reliable provider. Canaca believes as time goes on, this program will continue to fill gaps and address the growing need for accessible mental health care. “I became a doctor to serve people, to serve those communities,” Canaca said.

A lack of reliable mental health care is a problem some providers say is so serious that they’re worried about speaking openly about it.

“We have a very vulnerable population, and the needs are tremendous,” said one expert, speaking anonymously.

This source said areas like the Navajo Nation are in dire need of help.

“I think there are so many issues out in tribal areas that that are often overlooked,” he said.

He wanted to remain anonymous, but serves as a tribal health advocate and community organizer who specializes in Newcomb, New Mexico, and the Northwest region of the state. But the director of UNM’s Rural Residency Program says help is on the way.

“When they go out there, they provide mental health care to those communities in need,” Dr. Jose Canaca said.

As director of the program, he said the vast rural population in the state doesn’t have the best access to behavioral health care. It’s why he says a program like this is crucial for people who live in areas like Alamogordo, Zuni Pueblo, and even Las Cruces.

“Maybe some of the patients from those communities had to travel to the big cities to see a provider,” Canaca said.

More than half of New Mexico’s population identifies as Hispanic or Latino, and 10 percent as Native American. These are groups Canaca and this provider agree need more support.

“Probably one of the biggest barriers is being able to retain, retain providers in the area and also to provide them with the resources to be able to carry out services effectively,” Our anonymous provider said.

In rural areas, he says, people are dealing with substance abuse and traveling long distances to a reliable provider. Canaca believes as time goes on, this program will continue to fill gaps and address the growing need for accessible mental health care.

“I became a doctor to serve people, to serve those communities,” Canaca said.

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