Local non-profit fundraising, awareness of mental health support services

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SAN ANTONIO – A local organization has joined the national mental health awareness movement and is hosting a fundraiser on Monday at Raising Canes.

“San Antonio can go to any Raising Canes location and just tell them you’re at Raising Cane for CHCS. A percentage of the proceeds will go to help the center which helps us continue to educate this community about health first aid and how individuals can really become more comfortable with the vocabulary associated with mental health disorders…and help navigate people to get help,” said Jelynne Jamison, CEO of the Center for Health Care Services.

The Center for Health Care Services is hosting a fundraiser to help fight the stigma surrounding mental health.

“With COVID and its consequences, we know that many people are suffering and could use help to understand what mental health is, how can I deal with it,” said Leonardo Rodriguez, director of the foundation and director of development for the Center for Health Care Services.

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For 56 years, the organization has been helping people in our community.

“We provide outpatient treatment primarily to people, children and adults with mental health conditions, substance use disorders, as well as people with intellectual or developmental disabilities. We also try to help families deal with the challenges they face with people with these disorders,” Jamison said.

According to the Center for Health Care Services, one in five people in Bexar County struggles with mental health issues.

For Jacob Benavides, he started looking for resources in San Antonio and came across the Center for Health Care Services.

“I was dealing with anxiety, depression and even voices,” Benavides said.

The Health Services Center has changed her life.

“I don’t think I could have gone through this without them,” he said.

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