Let’s Re-open the Hospital!

In 1985 when I first celebrated Mass in “La Ocho”, the infamous Municipal Jail in Tijuana, I met inmates, both men and women, living on the top tier of this dilapidated jail who were profoundly mentally ill. Sister Maru explained that theses were people who were in desperate need of mental health treatment; and, sadly…

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Great News

The fund to re-open the St. Ignacio Mental Hospital has received special boost from a long-term supporter who announced they would match all donations up to a total amount to $25,000 ! The anonymous gift was made in the memory of Dr. Anita Figueredo, who played an integral part as a collaborator in the initial…

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Symbols

We wish to share with you the meaning of the symbols for the Donor Wall. We as Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady of Peace, chose the symbols of the Canticle of the Creatures of St. Francis of Assisi. “Praised be you, my Lord, with all Your creatures, especially “Sir Brother Sun” Praised be you, my…

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Raising $300,000 for our Future

Our communities in the United States and in Mexico have come together with faith to raise the $300,000 necessary to re-open our mental health hospital in Baja California. We are thankful for all of our donors who generously contribute and share in our mission. To learn more about giving opportunities, please visit our Donate page,…

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Help Us Re-Open!

San Ignacio Hospital for Mental Health has been closed since June 2019 due to the lack of funding. There is still a need for our services in the community—especially those who cannot afford proper medical treatment for mental illness. We have been fielding calls and even visits to the facility only to turn people away….

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Treating Depression in Mexico

Depression is a loosely used term when someone feels sad or “down.” But when the sadness is intense and gives the feeling of being helpless or hopeless, and lasts for a prolonged period of time (from many days to weeks) one might have clinical depression. A 2005 study found the national prevalence of depression in…

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The Need for Mental Health Care in Baja California

According to the 2002 Mexican National Comorbidity Survey, fewer than one in five respondents with any psychiatric disorder during the last 12 months used any service during the prior year. The rates of service use by those with mood disorders were somewhat higher. About one in every two respondents who used services received minimally adequate…

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