SAN ANTONIO — Since 2003 the San Antonio Clubhouse has been a lifeline for people living with mental illnesses.

  • Clubhouse to open new location in Highland Park
  • New location will be open Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • Group has helped thousands of people

Thousands of people have found help and now the Clubhouse is expanding its reach.

"I was very depressed, I would sleep all day, watch TV all day, Facebook, social media,” said Cierra Nicol.

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Since this past January, Cierra Nicol has been a member of the San Antonio Clubhouse. She says it has helped her gain her life back.

Photo of San Antonio Clubhouse’s Highland Park location (Spectrum News)

"It just changed how I viewed my life and it helped me become my old self again,” she said.

That's why she and a lot of other members are excited to see a second location open.

The Clubhouse is working with Baptist Temple Church to make the new spot in Highland Park happen.

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It will be open Tuesdays and Thursdays during the day.

"San Antonio is a big city and we have a presence on Frederickburg and 410 which is a much larger facility. We have anywhere between 50 and 70 people that come a day. Some of our members commute up to four hours a day to and from the Clubhouse,” said Executive Director Mark Stoeltje.


Photo of San Antonio Clubhouse’s Highland Park location (Spectrum News)

Services are free and last year alone the non-profit had more than 2,000 members. They learn life and job skills, wellness, and have access to resources and healthy food.

"So there are about two-thirds of people who are living with a diagnosable mental illness who don't seek treatment and a large part of that is because of stigma,” Stoeltje said.

According to Clubhouse research, 91 percent of people reported a reduced need for psychiatric intervention and 84 percent reported fewer run-ins with law enforcement.

"If I didn't have the Clubhouse, I would probably end up in jail,” Nicol said.

Instead of jail, Nicol is thriving and now has a Clubhouse leadership role helping other people.

"Everyone here is like my family and I couldn't be more happy than to call them my family,” she said.