Mental Health America of Spartanburg’s mission is to promote positive mental health through advocacy, education and service. We present in schools, churches, civic organizations and community groups. We offer programs and events for all ages.

Local Accomplishments

  • MHA filmed a 22-minute documentary titled “From Bull Street to Main Street”. The full documentary is available for showings to groups of any size. (Please contact us for scheduling.)
  • MHA has trained over 500 people in Mental Health First Aid.
  • MHA has provided free, bi-monthly educational programs on a variety of mental health topics for the past 5 years to over 750 people.
  • In coordination with Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System, MHA provides Continuing Education Credits to social workers and counselors attending educational events, which allows them to stay updated in their fields.
  • MHA co-sponsors an annual Behavioral Health Symposium with Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System. October 2019 marked the 5th full-day education for counselors and LMFTs.
  • In April 2019, MHA co-hosted “SNAP! A Theatrical Storytelling Experience on Mental Health Recovery” featuring writer and award-winning performer Regi Carpenter. This event kicked off the annual Stone Soup Storytelling Festival (based in Woodruff, SC).
  • MHA works closely with other similar organizations in the county, including New Day Clubhouse, National Alliance on Mental Illness of Spartanburg and Spartanburg Area Mental Health Center (South Carolina Department of Mental Health).
  • MHA is also working with Upstate Family Resource Center and Middle Tyger Community Center to bring educational programming to Boiling Springs and Lyman areas, respectively.
  • MHA continues to serve as a voice on the Spartanburg County Behavioral Health Task Force.

Advisory Board

Mary Miles, Interim ChairSally Owen
Phillip HudsonMary Hope Rhodes
Susan LeaVanessa Thompson
Peter MooreDavid Cato

Our History

Mental Health America was founded in 1909 by former psychiatric patient Clifford W. Beers. During his stays in public and private institutions, he witnessed and was subjected to horrible abuse. From these experiences, Beers set into motion a reform movement that took shape as Mental Health America.

MHA is the nation’s leading community-based non-profit dedicated to helping people achieve wellness by living mentally healthier lives. Our work is guided by the #B4Stage4 Philosophy – that mental health conditions should be treated long before they reach the most critical points in the disease process.

Our organization has generated much positive change. We have educated millions about mental illnesses and reduced barriers to treatment and services. As a result of MHA’s efforts, many Americans with mental disorders have sought care and now enjoy fulfilling, productive lives in their communities.

More National History

Symbol of Hope

Cast from shackles which bound them, this bell shall ring out hope for the mentally ill and victory over mental illness.

—Inscription on Mental Health Bell

During the early days of mental health treatment, asylums often restrained people who had mental illnesses with iron chains and shackles around their ankles and wrists. With better understanding and treatments, this cruel practice eventually stopped.

In the early 1950s, Mental Health America issued a call to asylums across the country for their discarded chains and shackles. On April 13, 1953, at the McShane Bell Foundry in Baltimore, Maryland, Mental Health America melted down these inhumane bindings and recast them into a sign of hope: the Mental Health Bell. Now the symbol of MHA, the 300-pound bell serves as a powerful reminder that the invisible chains of misunderstanding and discrimination continue to bind people with mental illnesses.