FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 7, 2009
Contact: DMH Office of Public Affairs
Phone: (803) 898-8585
Department of Mental Health Recognizes Outstanding Volunteers
On Wednesday, October 7, 2009, the South Carolina Department of Mental Health (SCDMH) honored its outstanding volunteers from across the state in the Forum of the William S. Hall Psychiatric Institute. Nominated by mental health center and hospital employees, these volunteers provide services ranging from donating and sorting clothing, hosting sing-alongs at the centers and hospitals, and providing birthday parties on the lodges.
“Last year, DMH Community Resource Development Programs oversaw 7,027 volunteers, who provided 163,359 hours of service,” said Sue Perry, director of Community Resource Development. “These figures are certainly impressive, but the individuals and groups who donate their time and services provide something that is immeasurable. For many of our clients, simply receiving a small gift during the holidays or taking part in a volunteer coordinated singing group, is life changing. That is why our volunteers are so important.”
The Department of Mental Health serves approximately 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.