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Exploring Mental Health and Social Justice Issues Through the Arts

Exploring Mental Health and Social Justice Issues Through the Arts

Theater has been part of my entire life. It has been the guiding light and companion for me throughout the mental health challenges I’ve faced since I was much younger. I earned my bachelor’s degree in drama therapy because of how theater can help others to explore issues through the art of storytelling.  

Unique Challenges of Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

Unique Challenges of Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

More than ever before, grandparents – and other relatives – find themselves stepping into a more significant role in raising children. With this comes complex emotions for not only the children but the caretakers as well. Learn about the three main emotional issues grandparents raising grandchildren typically have to work through.

Mental Health Isn’t a Competition

Mental Health Isn’t a Competition

When something triggers your anxiety or PTSD, it is important to remember that mental health isn’t a competition. There isn’t a need to feel guilty about your feelings if others had worse experiences.

Combating Corona Fatigue

Combating Corona Fatigue

Many people are experiencing caution fatigue related to COVID-19. This is when people start to have low motivation to follow safety guidelines. Learn why this is happening and how to combat it.

Why Education is an Important Pillar of our Mission

Why Education is an Important Pillar of our Mission

The JFS team works on our mission of enhancing the quality of life of individuals and families of all ages, faiths, and backgrounds. We do so through three pillars – Service, Compassion, and Education.

Historically, we’ve provided service, compassion, and education mainly through our individual mental health counseling and social service programs. But recently, we’ve seen a shift in one of the pillars – Education.

JFS Expands Counseling to Foster Care Community

JFS Expands Counseling to Foster Care Community

Counseling and resources will be available to foster care children in Bexar County thanks to a new partnership with JFS, CASA, and Bexar County Children’s Court as part of the Fostering Educational Success Pilot Program. The goal of the partnership is to give these children, and their foster families, useful mental wellness skills needed as they become young adults.

How do we quit shaming?

How do we quit shaming?

During a scary time in my life – having my daughter sick with a fairly unknown virus (COVID-19) – I wasn’t just consumed with taking care of her, I also was consumed with shaming from some of those close to me. The shaming was covert. Where does the shaming come from and how can we correct it?

Is School Stressing You Out?

Is School Stressing You Out?

My husband and I both work full time and we aren’t sure what to do with our children once school starts. I know my kids would do better in school, but worry about them getting sick or spreading COVID-19. I don’t want to make the wrong decision. There is no good answer and it is keeping me up at night with worry.

No End in Sight

No End in Sight

Are you anxious about how long it is taking the pandemic to end? When life feels out of control, here are some things you can do to ease your anxiety.

Feeling all the Feelings

Feeling all the Feelings

Children often have the basic emotions – happy, sad, mad – figured out. But to truly be able to express themselves, they need to be able to name and understand deeper emotions. Check out these eight activities you can do with your children to learn about their feelings.

Using Imagery to Calm Down

Using Imagery to Calm Down

When you are stressed about your life and everything happening around you, try one of these three techniques (guided imagery, grounding and meditation) to calm down and reset yourself.

2 Exercises to Help with Physical Reactions to Anxiety

2 Exercises to Help with Physical Reactions to Anxiety

There are various techniques you can use to limit physical effects of stress and anxiety. Learn about how changing the way you think about a situation can calm your mind, as well as the important benefits of stopping to take a deep breath.

Philanthropitch Goes Virtual

Philanthropitch Goes Virtual

Everyone involved with the San Antonio Mobile Mental Wellness Collaborative was excited in January when we learned that our project was a finalist for Philanthropitch San Antonio 2020, a fast-pitch competition for innovative nonprofits. Then COVID-19 happened…

The Highlight of My Career

The Highlight of My Career

  One short year ago, I spoke with six mental health nonprofit CEOs about an idea that wasn’t found anywhere in the country. The idea was simple: Bring a variety of mental health services and education into the schools where they are so desperately needed. Each...

Case Study: COVID-19 or Anxiety?

Case Study: COVID-19 or Anxiety?

Mental health challenges can come and go in your life. Right now during the COVID-19 pandemic, many people are experiencing mental health challenges such as anxiety, depression and panic. Read a case study of someone who felt anxiety creep back into her life because of the coronavirus.

How to Start Thinking About What’s Private and What Needs to be Said

How to Start Thinking About What’s Private and What Needs to be Said

People have all kinds of secrets that they share in therapy. Some people share deep trauma that they’ve had to hide in order to survive, others have secrets they’ve held onto because they’re afraid to be judged, and some people have secrets that have been passed on to them and entrusted to them that wreak havoc on their mental health.

Stress Signs

Stress Signs

What are the signs of stress? Besides looking for physical and emotional signs of stress, it is important to understand how your body reacts to stress.

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