South Carolina Department of Mental Health

South Carolina Department of Mental Health
2414 Bull Street/P.O. Box 485, Columbia, SC 29202

May 1, 2012
Contact:   DMH Office of Public Affairs
                  Phone: (803) 898-8585

South Carolina Observes Mental Health Month

Columbia, SC – Honoring South Carolinians who are 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 illness, and respect those individuals who live with these medical disorders. The driving message is that mental illnesses are treatable disorders, treatment works and recovery is possible for people who have a mental illness. We as a community must work together to eliminate the stigma too often associated with these disorders.

Throughout May, the South Carolina State Museum will feature works from the DMH’s Art of Recovery program, beginning May 3 through June 17. The exhibit features works created by people who receive services from the SCDMH who use Art as a means of healing and recovery.

May 6 through 12 marks 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, Wednesday, May 9 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

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.