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Santurce Crabbers, ASSMCA team up for mental health



The joint initiative aims to promote citizens developing awareness about the importance of caring for and addressing mental health as a priority in 2024.

By The Star Staff


The Cangrejeros de Santurce (Santurce Crabbers) and the Mental Health and Anti-Addiction Services Administration (ASSMCA by its Spanish initials) have established a working alliance to promote citizens developing awareness about the importance of caring for and attending to mental health as a priority in 2024.


The initiative, under the slogan “If You Take Care of Your Mental Health, You Hit Stress and Anxiety Out of the Park,” was announced by the administrator of ASSMCA, Carmen Bonet Vázquez, and Carlos Iguina Oharriz, president of the Cangrejeros de Santurce of the Roberto Clemente Professional Baseball League.


“Throughout history, sport has brought families, communities and people together, promoting physical and mental well-being for those who practice it, as well as for those who enjoy it as followers,” said Bonet Vázquez, emphasizing that the project promotes public health policy. “So through this public service initiative, we seek to bring the message of prevention and self-care of mental health to that great fan base that follows baseball in Puerto Rico, and that in turn they can share it with their families and communities. With the beginning of the New Year, it is a great opportunity for people to establish among their goals to take care of mental health, as well as to treat any diagnosis they have received from a professional because the integrated well-being of the human being depends on mental health.”


“We are very happy to support this campaign as part of the social commitment of the Cangrejeros to Santurce, San Juan and Puerto Rico. We stand in solidarity with the cause for a better country,” Iguina Oharriz added.


If you, a family member or friend is experiencing suicidal ideation, sadness, as well as any emotion or addiction that affects your daily life, you can call the ASSMCA PAS Line free of charge and confidentially, at 9-8-8, where health professionals will listen to you and provide help so that you can move forward. Services are offered seven days a week, 24 hours a day.

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