FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 2, 2011
Contact: 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 (SCDMH) joins the nation in recognition of May as Mental Health Month.
Each year, the SCDMH, 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 12 through June 5. The exhibit features works created by people who receive services from the SCDMH, who use Art as a means of healing and recovery.
The first full week in May is National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week. A coalition of children's services and civic organizations, led by the Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health of SC, will mark the observance with a Children's Mental Health Awareness Day rally, Tuesday, May 3 at 11 a.m. on the Main Street steps 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 100,000 citizens with mental illnesses, including more than 30,000 children and adolescents, and provides outpatient services through a network of seventeen community mental health centers and numerous clinics. It also operates four hospitals, one community nursing care center, and three veterans’ nursing homes.