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Nonprofits, agencies offer mental health resources at Biscuits game

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) – As baseball season is in full swing, some fans may be stuck in the dugout when it comes to their mental health. That’s why the Alabama Department of Mental Health partnered with the Montgomery Biscuits to bring resources to game attendees, calling it “Strike Out Stigma.”

“We thought it was a perfect time to come out and share information with people who are here, particularly about our crisis center here in Montgomery and the services that are available to people who may have a mental health issue,” said Commissioner Kim Boswell.

Depending on where people live, some may have trouble accessing mental health treatment. ADMH has been providing mobile services to underserved communities using the 988 hotline that directs people to the crisis center.

The Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind is also connecting those with hearing or vision loss to resources because having a physical disability can be “isolating.”

“It’s important to connect them to resources so they can be connected to everything that everybody else is and to really level the playing field to make things accessible to everyone and supporting them right here in the community,” said AIDB regional director Jenny Savage.

Mental health resources are available 24/7 with the 988 crisis hotline or the Carastar Crisis Center in Montgomery.

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