South Carolina Department of Mental Health
2414 Bull Street, Columbia, SC 29202
News Release


April 7, 2010
Contact:   Alyce C. McEachern

                  DMH Office of Public Affairs
                  Phone: (803) 898-8585


Distinguished Psychiatrist to Deliver Presentation on Suicide at Local Gallery

Columbia, SC – Robert Breen, M.D., a child and adolescent psychiatrist at the South Carolina Department of Mental Health (DMH), will deliver a presentation on suicide at the 701 Center for Contemporary Art (CCA) Sunday, April 18, at 2 p.m. 

Dr. Breen, medical director at the DMH’s G. Werber Bryan Psychiatric Hospital, is the recipient of numerous awards and academic appointments.  A member of the Medical Disciplinary Commission, the South Carolina Board of Medical Examiners, and a participant in the National Advocacy Center of Mock Trials, he has published numerous articles in books and peer-reviewed journals, and given numerous presentations, lectures, and seminars.

The presentation is part of a series of mental health-centered events held alongside the CCA’s display of interactive works, Fine Line: Mental Health & Mental Illness, a collection of portraits and stories of everyday people living with mental illness, by photographer Michael Nye.  In addition to Dr. Breen’s presentation, the public is invited to view works from the DMH’s Art of Recovery program, which will be on display in the second floor Artist in Residence gallery through April 24.  The Art of Recovery highlights the talents of individuals receiving services from DMH and the role that art can play in the recovery process.

Sponsored by The South Carolina Hospital Association, Nelson, Mullins, Riley & Scarborough, and three South Carolina PSI facilities (Three Rivers Behavioral Health, Palmetto Behavioral Health, and Lighthouse Care Center of Conway), the CCA series also includes a poetry reading, mental health speakers, and presentations from local mental health advocacy groups.  Admission is free to all public events.  For more about Michael Nye, event schedules, and gallery hours of operation, visit the 701 Center for Contemporary Art's Web site.

The South Carolina Department of Mental Health serves approximately 102,000 citizens with mental illnesses, including 33,000 children and adolescents.  The Department provides outpatient services through a network of seventeen community mental health centers and numerous clinics.  It also operates four psychiatric hospitals, one community nursing care center, and three veterans’ nursing homes.