FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 4, 2010
Contact: Alyce C. McEachern
DMH Office of Public Affairs
Phone: (803) 898-8585
South Carolina Observes Mental Health Month
Columbia, SC – Honoring the one in four South Carolinians living with a mental illness, the South Carolina Department of Mental Health (DMH) joins the nation in recognition of May as Mental Health Month.
Each year, the DMH, mental health advocacy groups, churches, schools, and civic organizations challenge South Carolinians to consider their views toward mental illnesses, and respect those who live with these medical disorders. The driving message is that recovery is real for people with mental illnesses, and that we as a community must work together to eliminate the stigma too often associated with these disorders.
Throughout May, the Columbia Museum of Art will feature works from the DMH’s Art of Recovery program,beginning May 5 through June 20. The exhibit features works created by people who receive services from the DMH, who live with mental illnesses, and use Art as a means of healing and recovery.
Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day will be celebrated May 6, with a presentation at the State Capitol by youth involved with the Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health of SC, Youth Council in Action, and the Richland/Lexington Youth Network. The event will take place at 11 a.m. on the first floor of the State Capitol.
To learn more about the programs and services offered by the South Carolina Department of Mental Health or find out about Mental Health Month screenings or events in your area, call (800) 763-1024, or visit www.scdmh.org.
The South Carolina Department of Mental Health’s mission is to support the recovery of people with mental illnesses, giving priority to adults with serious and persistent mental illness and to children and adolescents with serious emotional disturbances. The Agency serves approximately 102,000 citizens with mental illnesses, including 33,000 children and adolescents, and 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.