Kelly Rueda
Ben Alexander Center
NMJC Help Desk
Guidance Center of Lea County
NMJC Public Safety




Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Mental Health

NMJC Counseling would like to extend our support to our students as we move through this challenging time in which so many individuals are being impacted by COVID-19. There are a variety of reactions which can occur, including (but not limited to) fear, anxiety, stress, confusion, isolation, uncertainty, and depression. We acknowledge the impact this can have on mental health and we encourage our NMJC students to follow the CDC’s recommendations which include:

  • Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
  • Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, and avoid alcohol and drugs.
  •  Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy.
  •  Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.
Call your healthcare provider if stress gets in the way of your daily activities for several days in a row.
During regular business hours (M-F 8:00-5:00), stop by the Ben Alexander Center and speak with a Counselor. Please call 575-492-2576 or email to schedule an appointment.

NMJC Counselors will provide referral for students in need of ongoing counseling services.

Crisis Services

If you are a student in immediate crisis and one of the following applies to you:

  •  You feel you are in immediate danger of harming yourself
  •  You feel you are in immediate danger of harming someone else
  •  You have recently been assaulted or had a traumatic experience

Please call:


CDC: Coping with Disaster or Trauma
Suicide Prevention Hotline
WHO - Coronavirus