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Free conference addressing mental health returns in person to downtown San Antonio

Pathways to Hope is internet hosting its seventh annual conference the place professionals addressing mental health will likely be obtainable to assist.

SAN ANTONIO — The San Antonio Chapter of NAMI will likely be internet hosting a conference this weekend—to present beneficial resources to children and fogeys.

Addressing mental health is  one step in a journey that may be lengthy for many individuals.

“Ironically through that pain, I kind of found my empowerment,” Kristie Alsagar, a clinician has develop into a mental health advocate.

She had her personal struggles earlier than she might assist others.

“As a teenager I had suicidal ideation, and a few years ago I had a close family member lost touch with reality, they weren’t coherent enough to take care of themselves,” Alsagar mentioned.

The instruments to work on these issues and others will likely be obtainable on the Pathways to Hope conference being held on August 26 and August 27.

Doug Beach, president of the native chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, says it is going to be the primary in person conference for the reason that pandemic started.

This comes at a time the place the group is attempting to break the stigma surrounding mental health.

“One in five people will experience a mental health disorder this year in Bexar County. That’s over 400,000 people. That means everybody knows somebody impacted,” Beach mentioned.

Educators, religion leaders and healthcare employees will likely be talking on the conference with data obtainable in English and Spanish.

There is a spotlight in a number of totally different areas together with therapeutic communities. Beach says they are going to be discussing the impacts of the pandemic on mental health. It additionally comes at a time the place teen mental health points are on the rise.

According to CDC information from 2019, roughly 1 in 6 youth reported making a suicide plan in the earlier year, a 44% enhance since 2009. The data might assist children and fogeys spot mental sickness.

Alsagar says others experiencing ache, may be empowered too.

“You’re not alone but you have it within you to heal yourself and to have that growth and move forward. Everybody does, no matter what culture or ethnicity or race, or experience you’re going through”

The conference will likely be held on the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts in downtown. You can discover data on how to attend on their website.

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