Images, April 2008

  The Duke Endowment and DMH: Partners with the Future
By John Hutto, Office of Public Affairs

Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, The Duke Endowment is a private foundation, established in 1924, by industrialist and philanthropist James B. Duke. The Duke Endowment’s mission is to serve the people of North Carolina and South Carolina by supporting selected programs of higher education, health care, children’s welfare, and spiritual life. In 2007, it awarded more than $185 million in grants, including $45.5 million in health care.

In the fall of 2006, representatives from The Duke Endowment came to Columbia on a courtesy call to meet John H. Magill, the new state director for mental health, and to discuss The Duke Endowment’s growing interest in mental health issues in South Carolina. Mr. Magill told his visitors that one of the more pressing problems in the state was people with behavioral health problems crowding into hospital emergency rooms (ERs) for treatment because of a scarcity of local resources. He suggested that DMH would be interested in talking to The Duke Endowment about the possibility of using telemedicine technology to help ease these problems. FULL STORY>>

Telepsychiatry consultation services will be rendered via a wireless cart, such as this one in Palmetto Health Richland, Columbia, SC.
Telepsychiatry consultation services will be rendered via a wireless cart, such as this one in Palmetto Health Richland, Columbia, SC.

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Anti-Stigma DVD Now Available
By Greg Kirk, Waccamaw Center for Mental Health

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The anti-stigma team produced an informative educational tool.

In 2007, Will Shaw, a mental health counselor at the Waccamaw Center for Mental Health in Conway, had an idea for making an anti-stigma DVD. He took his plan to Mental Health America of Horry County, which agreed to help sponsor the project.

Mr. Shaw then enlisted the media department at Coastal Carolina University to help with the technical aspects, like lighting, shooting, and editing. Along the way, many members of the Waccamaw staff, other mental health professionals and clients joined the project and were included on the DVD.

All of those interviewed were asked to respond to two questions: “what is stigma?” and “what can we do in our professional and personal lives to help eliminate stigma?” John H. Magill, SCDMH state director, is featured, as is Murry Chesson, executive director of the Waccamaw Center for Mental Health.

In the end, the team developed a great, informative twenty-five minute DVD on mental health and stigma, called Stigma: Awareness and Prevention in Mental Health.

Will’s vision has turned into a very positive tool to spread the word about good mental health. We all are very thankful and appreciative of his efforts to put in extra hours to provide us with a great weapon to be used in the battle against stigma.

To receive a copy of this DVD, contact Mental Health American of Horry County.

MHA Horry County
P.O. Box 50944
Myrtle Beach, S.C., 29579
(843) 340-4726 or (843) 446-3464


Inside This Issue

Homeshare Family Weathers the Storm
A storm rips through the home of Sandy and Calvin Felthouse.
Columbia Area MHC Opens Young Adult Program
Help is given during youths' difficult times.
Veterans' Cemetery Dedicated in Anderson, S.C.
M.J. "Dolly" Cooper Veterans Cemetery established.
Beckman Recovery Conference Educates, Inspires

Mt. Zion AME Church hosts event for personal recovery stories.

The Electronic Medical Record: Using Technology to Help Clients Recover

Computerized version of client's chart makes things easier for DMH.

National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

US Representatives declare July a special holiday for Mental Health. FULL STORY>>

Leaphart Place Apartments: A New Youth In Transition Program

Lexington County builds special unit for youth. FULL STORY>>

Living Well In the Workplace: New Committee to Bring Healthy Activities to Central Office

Lifestyle changes at work help you live well & be productive.

DMH Central Office Teams Up to Walk for NAMI

Walk raises funds and awareness about Mental Illness.


Foundation Grant Helps Expand
School-based Services Program

By Images Staff

Fairfield County Receives  School-Based Services Grant.
Fairfield County Receives
School-Based Services Grant.

A 2007 meeting between DMH State Director John H. Magill and Harvey Galloway, executive director of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina Foundation, will soon be paying dividends to school children in ten rural counties. FULL STORY>>