Community Summit Aims To Break The Stigma Of Mental Illness
One in five Americans have experienced a mental health condition in their lifetime and many find it difficult to get the support they need.
Hospitalizations related to behavioral disorders are on the rise in San Antonio, especially in children and teens.
Bexar County is finding new ways to address mental health by bringing together members of the community – from churches and schools to care providers and other local organizations – by revamping the county's Mental Health Taskforce into the Pathways Community Collaborative.
The collaborative hosts its second-annual "Pathways to Hope" mental health conference August 11-12 in San Antonio. Members of the public are invited and there is no cost to attend.
The event covers a range of topics from fundamentals like how to recognize signs of mental illness and finding help, to more complex conversations about how mental health is perceived, developing emotional wellness in young people, and overcoming the stigma of behavioral disorders.
How can we encourage productive community conversations about mental health? What are the best ways to seek treatment and support in San Antonio?
The Pathways to Hope Conference takes place August 11 & 12 at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts. For more information, visit www.pathwaystohope.net.
- Mark Stoeltje, executive director of the San Antonio Clubhouse
- Doug Beach, board member for the Bexar County Health Collaborative, president of the National Alliance on Mental Illness - San Antonio and chairperson for the Pathways to Hope Conference
- Reverend Carol Morehead, associate rector for liturgy, adult formation and pastoral care at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church and co-chair for the Pathways to Hope Conference
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