By Anayeli Ruiz
ODESSA - When a woman decides to leave an abusive relationship, the Crisis Center in Odessa is there to help. But lately they have been dealing with a different types of clients, one they're not normally prepared for.
"Whether it be depression, bi-polar, post traumatic stress disorder, we're seeing a lot of that," Renee Morris, Assistant Executive Director for Crisis Center, said.
A rise in mental health patients has been flooding their offices and they believe it has to do with state budget cuts and more awareness in the community. The women often have to turn to the shelter after not being able to find any help.
"I absolutely do. I believe like in the last three months if we service 10 women, at least three or four have mental issues," Morris said.
With more mental health patients coming in, this is costing the Crisis Center more money for medication and other things to help these women maintain stability. That is why the Crisis Center is asking for public awareness and for help with any donations.
"If you don't know what else to do, undergirding the Crisis Center with your financial help is always appreciated," Morris said.