Mental Health

The NMSU Counseling Center has a range of counselors and psychologists that are here to assist NMSU students with career and personal counseling. NMSU Students have access to up to 15 free sessions of counseling every academic year.

Mental health conditions are common among those 18-24 years old. In fact, 27 percent of young adults experience mental health conditions, of which anxiety disorders and depression are the two most common.

Without proper treatment, mental health conditions may lead to poor school performance, trouble with the law, strained relationships and even suicide. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among college students. With treatment, nearly all people who experience a mental health condition can live normal, productive lives.

As a college student, it is important to familiarize yourself with the signs and symptoms of mental
health conditions. If you or someone you care for needs help, you should not hesitate to ask.

The screening below is provided collaboratively by the Student Health Center and the Counseling Center so that you may find out, within a few minutes, whether or not professional consultation would be helpful to you.

What to do when someone is suicidal?

If a friend or family member talks or behaves in a way that makes you believe that he or she might commit suicide, don’t try to handle the situation without help. The most important step you can take is to get help from a trained professional as quickly as possible. The person may need to be hospitalized until the suicidal crisis has passed.

If you believe someone is at risk of suicide (or has made a suicide attempt):

  • Don’t leave the person alone.
  • Call 911 right away. Or, if you think you can do so safely, take the person to the nearest hospital emergency room yourself.
  • Try to find out if he or she is under the influence of alcohol or drugs or may have taken an overdose.
  • Tell a family member or friend right away what’s going on.

You’re not responsible for preventing someone from taking his or her own life – but your intervention may help him or her see that other options are available to stay safe and get treatment.