We are a collaboration of organizations in San Antonio who care about the mental wellness of kids. Several meetings together lead to a single priority—we wanted to invest in the people who spend the most time with kids. Our goal is to help educators and youth workers cultivate wellness and address mental health challenges early.
A year and a half ago, several organizations gathered for some facilitated brainstorming, using design thinking practices, to dream up something that would help address this problem: Mental health challenges in young people are pervasive and often untreated. This is a complicated question, as there are so many factors with mental wellbeing, but we felt we needed to try.
The idea of supporting those who work closely with kids every day was a natural step that everyone was excited about investing in. As the ideas grew, a few organizations really jumped into designing a pilot. Those organizations are Clarity Child Guidance Center, Communities in Schools and H.E. Butt Foundation. As a team, we selected LEE High School and NEISD as an ideal partner, because of their diverse student population and innovative staff and administration.
We are thrilled to be launching at LEE HS in Fall of 2018!
Clarity Child Guidance Center is a nonprofit treatment center for children 3 to 17 with inpatient and outpatient services. Located in the medical center, we serve over 8,000 children a year. The One in Five Minds campaign was created and is managed by Clarity Child Guidance Center in order to raise awareness about children's mental illness, to break down stigma and to increase access to treatment. One in Five Minds strives to educate the community, parents, professionals, and leaders about mental illness. We publish articles, videos and free guides on our 1in5minds.org website, hold learning events open to the public, promote family support and children’s treatment options in the community, and advocate for causes that help children and families.
The mission of Communities In Schools of San Antonio (CIS-SA) to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. By placing dedicated Site Coordinators within local schools to identify student needs, CIS-SA provides academic and behavioral support. Our Site Coordinators are social service professionals bring a wealth of knowledge, evidence-based practices, and community resources to their campuses. CIS-SA currently provides intensive case management services over 8,000 students across 13 independent school districts in Bexar, Frio, and Atascosa counties. An additional 50,000 students and families are reached through school-wide events, and/or received social services referrals, crisis intervention, and school supplies. CIS-SA’s goal is to give every student the opportunity to succeed in school and in life, regardless of their neighborhood or family situation.