SC Department of Mental Health News Release


For Immediate Release
August 20, 2002
Contact: John Hutto, Director of Communications
(803) 898-8584

DMH Honors Outstanding Volunteers of the Year

Columbia, SC -The S.C. Department of Mental Health honored its Outstanding Volunteers for 2002 at a reception held in Columbia August 8.

 Robert Blair Price, of Columbia, received the individual Volunteer of the Year Award.  Nominated for this award by G. Werber Bryan Psychiatric Hospital, Price has served as a volunteer with the Department of Mental Health for 17 years. A volunteer chaplain, he serves at four DMH facilities - Tucker Center, Bryan Hospital, Byrnes Medical Center and Hall Institute. He has been conducting Sunday worship services at Bryan Hospital for nine years, faithfully serving every other Sunday.

The Tigers for Mental Health, a group of psychology students from Clemson University, received the Volunteer Group of the Year Award. These students, nominated by Anderson-Oconee-Pickens MHC, bring a powerful message to the citizens of the upstate. They brought in 1,500 attendees to participate in a Mental Illness Awareness Walk last May and continue to encourage community members to get involved by volunteering at the center. Dr. Patti Connor-Greene, a Clemson professor, started the Tigers for Mental Health group at Clemson. She is a regular volunteer at Anderson-Oconee Pickens MHC.

Phil Silverstein, owner of Phil Jewelers in Anderson, received the Distinguished Service Award. Silverstein has used his position in the community and his love of humanity to help people with mental illnesses in the upstate. Nominated for this award by Harris Hospital, Silverstein has served on the human relations committee for Harris Hospital since 1990. He has donated clocks, picnic tables, benches, t-shirts and many others items that have improved the consumers' lives at the hospital.


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