By Annabella Farmer | Searchlight N.M.
Crystal G. has always known that New Mexico’s mental healthcare system is broken. Her aunt, who helped raise her, began showing schizophrenic tendencies at the age of 14. Her mother struggled with substance abuse and went into rehab when Crystal was six. The little girl was put in the care of her grandparents who, for the next two years, made a weekly four-hour round trip from Silver City to Las Cruces to get her to a therapist. It was the closest help they could find.
Since then, Crystal has seen 32 different therapists. “That’s almost a therapist for every year I’ve been alive,” she said, describing the revolving door of providers who suddenly closed their practices, stopped taking her insurance or made hasty diagnoses that would haunt her for years to come.