Advocacy, Education & Service

Mental Health America of Spartanburg’s overall goals are to promote positive mental health, to raise awareness about mental illness, to reduce stigma which prevents seeking treatment and to begin the community conversation needed about these issues. This local organization is working hard to bring innovative, educational opportunities to Spartanburg County residents.

Educational Series

MHA continues our 2020 Educational Series online… Join this November session on Perspectives of Mental Health and Religion, presented by Dr. Ebony Gaffney, Medical Director of Spartanburg Area Mental Health Center. This event is free to the public. Simply register in advance on Eventbrite and be sent a Zoom meeting invitation.

Thursday, November 12
12:00 – 1:00 PM

via Zoom

Current Events

Mental health impacts of the COVID-19 crisis are a critical factor to consider for all people. For the 1 in 5 who already have mental health conditions – or the 1 in 2 who are at risk of developing them – we need to take personal, professional and policy measures now. MHA has compiled a range of resources and information to assist you and your community.

State of Mental Health

For the 6th year, MHA released its annual State of Mental Health in America Report, which ranks states based on several mental health and access measures. The report shows an increase in youth with major depression and that many people are still not receiving the treatment they need. This year, Pennsylvania ranks first, Nevada ranks last and South Carolina ranks 44th on the list.

The Facts

  • 1 in 5 people in the United States will be diagnosed each year with mental illness.
  • On average, 1 person dies by suicide every 12 hours in South Carolina.
  • Spartanburg County has approximately 54,386 mentally ill and 24,775 people suffering from drug abuse.
  • Only 15.9% of these people are having their needs met.
  • Reasons include lack of behavioral health professionals, uninsured individuals and stigma around mental illness.
  • People and their families do not readily seek help or talk about the problem.

Other Resources

Mental Health America of Spartanburg works with many other local organizations to advocate and educate. Here are some of our partners.

Community Resource Directory

From Carolina Center for Behavioral Health

Behavioral Health Resource Guide

From United Way of the Piedmont

Raise Awareness, Reduce Stigma

Your donations help us facilitate programs and events, create new offerings, sustain quality partnerships, extend outreach in the community and benefit people of all ages who are directly or indirectly affected by mental illness.

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