San Antonio student organizes mental health walk to bring about awareness

 San Antonio student organizes mental health walk to bring about awareness


SAN ANTONY – A senior at Thomas Jefferson High School wants to break the stigma surrounding mental health, especially among teenagers.

What started as a school project by Joseph Gonzales became personal to him.

“I’ve been dealing with depression, anxiety for most of my life,” Gonzales said.

Talking about her mental health helped her with her own struggle and she wanted other students not to be afraid to talk about it.

“It’s okay not okay, there are people to help you,” Gonzales said.

This year’s Mental Health Awareness Walk was held at Alamo Stadium for the first time this year and more than 100 community members and students participated.

“It’s so important to keep talking about mental health without talking about it to lose a lot of people,” said student participant Jaime Valdez.

Despite graduation this year, Gonzales hopes this walk will become a tradition and still happen for many years to come.

There are many resources available locally and nationally for parents to get help with their children if they believe they are struggling with mental health issues.

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Below are some of the resources in San Antonio and the US:

Local Resources

  • Center for Health Care Services-24-hour Crisis Hotline at 1-800-316-9241 or 210-223-7233, chcsbc.org

National Resources

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255

  • Crisis Text Line: Text “SIGNS” to 741741

  • Disaster Disaster Relief Line: 1-800-985-5990

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