Advocates for Children's Mental Health

The One in Five Minds campaign, sponsored by Clarity Child Guidance Center, was created to raise awareness about children's mental illness, to break down stigma and to increase access to treatment. Many times parents and community members hesitate to speak up or to ask the important questions about mental illness because of stigmaOne in Five Minds’ goal is that no one will be afraid to speak about mental illness and that all children in Bexar County who need treatment will be able to access it.

One in Five Minds strives to educate the community, parents, professionals, and leaders about mental illness. We do so by engaging and educating parents and their support system about mental illness: its reality, its treatment, and its prevention. We publish educational materials on our website, hold learning events open to the public, promote support and learning options in the community, advocate for causes that help children and families. Mainly, our goal is to provide important information, resources and a community so that families no longer struggle alone.

Since it was launched in March 2013, One in Five Minds has reached thousand of families who have visited our website, heard a presentation, attended a workshop. We have hosted nationally recognized guest speakers like Liza Long, Pete Early, Kay Warren, Senator Creigh Deeds, Randi Silverman, Cinda and Linea Johnson.

Most importantly, we have helped many parents reach out for help and support for the first time and that's what we're the most proud of.

Meet Our Key Advocates

  • Kimberly Ridgley, EdD, LPC, CSC

    Director of Guidance and Counseling, NISD

  • Steven R. Pliszka, M.D.

    Chairman, Department of Psychiatry, UT Health

  • Jackie Van De Walle

    Lifetime Assistant Vice President, San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo

  • Justice Luz Elena D. Chapa

    Fourth Court of Appeals Justice

  • Deborah Healy, PsyD

    Assistant Professor and PsyD Training Director, OLLU

  • Leticia Van de Putte

    Former Texas State Senator, District 26

  • Al Philippus

    Vice President of Corporate Services and Security Division, Valero Energy Corporation

  • Amparo Ortiz

    Media Professional

  • Joaquin Castro

    Congressman, District 20

  • Honorable Laura Parker

    Senior District Judge, 386th District Court

  • Judge Nelson Wolff

    Bexar County Judge