FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 28, 2008
Contact: John Hutto
Office of Public Affairs
Phone: (803) 898-8584
Pager: (803) 929-8668
Governor Proclaims May as Mental Health Month
Columbia, SC – Today, Governor Mark Sanford proclaimed May as Mental Health Month in South Carolina. All across the nation, similar recognitions are taking place.
Throughout May, advocates for people with mental illnesses, mentally ill citizens and their families, and mental health professionals strive to raise public awareness of the facts about mental illnesses and to eliminate the stigma surrounding mental illnesses.
Highlighting this month’s activities in South Carolina is the opening of the Art of Recovery gallery at the Columbia Museum of Art. Running from May 1, 2008, until June 15, 2008, the collection features the artwork of people with mental illnesses.
The Department of Mental Health’s mission is to support the recovery of people with mental illnesses, giving priority to adults with serious mental illnesses and to children and adolescents with serious emotional disturbances.
The Department of Mental Health serves about 103,000 citizens including 33,000 children and adolescents with mental illnesses. The Department provides outpatient services through a network of seventeen community mental health centers and numerous clinics. It also operates four psychiatric hospitals as well as three nursing centers, including two for veterans.