October 8th is Mental Health Awareness Day in South Carolina

Mental health is defined as a state of emotional and psychological well-being in which an individual is able to use his or her cognitive and emotional capabilities, function in society and meet the ordinary demands of everyday life.  According the National Alliance on Mental Illness, South Carolina currently has over 4.5 million residents and approximately 170,000 adults and 48,000 children that suffer from mental illness.  Numerous organizations are working to spread awareness for those suffering from mental illness and work to provide the support and help that these patients need.

On Oct. 8, 2014, The Pres+On Foundation will host a South Carolina Mental Health Awareness Day.  The Pres+On Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to giving hope and a voice to those that are suffering from mental health illnesses.  During Mental Health Awareness Day,  members of the community are asked to send a press release to your local media about the day, light your business, office or home in green, share all social media posts surrounding the day on Facebook and Twitter as well as post photos of you participating in the day using the hashtag #SCMHAD and #TEEMPRESON.

IMPH is a proud supporter of the Pres+On Foundation’s Mental Health Awareness Day and encourages awareness to help support those suffering from mental healthillnesses in our state.  IMPH currently convenes a taskforce comprised of behavioral and mental health professionals and stakeholders from across South Carolina to address a set of priority areas related to improving care and outcomes to better serve our residents with behavioral health challenges.  The taskforce mission is to create lasting improvements in our state’s system of behavioral health services and supports by developing and recommending cost-effective, actionable solutions to existing challenges.



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