Be the wind that makes Pinwheels for Hope turn

Posted by One in Five Minds on May 27, 2015 11:07:00 AM

“I am not giving up. I am not throwing in the towel. And I am going to continuously share my family’s story!” said Justice Luz Elena Chapa.

Chapa was one of the featured speakers on May 6, 2015 during a One in Five Minds press conference in recognition of National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week.

Against a backdrop of 3,000 pinwheels at Alamo Plaza, Chapa shared the story of her brother who was diagnosed with schizophrenia when he was in his early 20s. Before then, her brother’s use of marijuana and alcohol was attributed to ‘bad behavior’ or rebellion.

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Topics: Stigma

Recognizing Mental Health Awareness Month

Posted by One in Five Minds on Apr 30, 2015 10:17:00 AM

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and One in Five Minds is raising awareness of the important role mental health plays in our lives, especially in the lives of our children.  

Children’s mental illness is a major concern in our community. A community in which 14 percent of Hispanic high school students report having made a suicide plan. One in five children suffer from mental illness—that’s 80,000 children in Bexar County alone. And half of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age 14. If even only one person in a household struggles with mental illness, it affects the whole family. Yet unlike a broken arm, only 20 percent of children receive treatment. Stigma, among other reasons, prevents many from seeking help.
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Why are we afraid to talk about mental illness? – guest blog post

Posted by Guest Blogger on Apr 2, 2015 2:56:00 PM

A couple of weeks ago a woman I have not spoken to in thirty years contacted me to ask for my advice regarding her college-age son. She was having some serious worries about his depression and general mental health. I was more than willing and happy to offer any advice I could, but it made me wonder; why wasn’t she asking a medical professional or a close friend? Why was she reaching out to someone she knew thirty-years ago?

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Topics: Stigma

Take mental health out of the shadows—talk about it

Posted by One in Five Minds on Dec 2, 2014 11:37:00 AM

“As a community, we would never allow a child with a broken arm to go untreated, or wait three months for care.”

On Sunday, November 30, the San Antonio Express-News printed an Op-Ed article from Clarity Child Guidance Center (CGC) President & CEO Fred Hines. The piece, sub-titled: One in Five Minds campaign starts the conversation to address issues, discusses the mental health needs in our community and encourages people to take action. Clarity CGC is the sponsor of the One in Five Minds campaign.

To read the Express-News Op-Ed article, click here.

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An award to remember a devoted advocate

Posted by One in Five Minds on Nov 18, 2014 11:35:00 AM

Kathy Cunningham passed away in November 2013. She was a registered nurse, certified addictions registered nurse and administrator of managed care for Clarity Child Guidance Center. She was also a tireless and devoted advocate who gave over 30 years of her life to the cause of mental health, as a parent, a community member and a health care professional. Kathy left behind a loving family, many friends, and a legacy of service, especially as an advocate for children's mental health.

At claritycon2014, we announced an award Clarity Child Guidance Center created in her memory to recognize her years of service to the kids of our community. It is intended for unsung heroes, advocating for children's mental health. Please click to download the flyer below to see the qualifications and submit your nominations. All nominations must be received by midnight, December 31, 2014.

We will announce the recipient of the Kathy Cunningham Mental Health Advocacy Award at claritycon2015.

Click here to download the flyer, or contact Ruby Bryan 210.593.2148 for more information.

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Be an advocate for children's mental health—order your One in Five Minds t-shirt today!

Posted by One in Five Minds on Nov 6, 2014 11:05:00 AM

Our new One in Five Minds t-shirt is an attractive way to show your support for children's mental health! This unisex shirt is made of 100% cotton and available in three colors - black, pink and white.

The cost of the shirt is $25, plus shipping and handling, and 100% of the proceeds will be used to increase awareness of children's mental health.

It's easy to order, simply click here.

After you receive you shirt, show it off in 3 easy steps by:

1. Logging in to Facebook
2. Looking up and Liking the One in Five Minds Facebook page
3. Posting your photo with your new One in Five Minds t-shirt!

Thank you for your support of children and adolescents' mental health!

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