Mental Health America of Spartanburg County promotes positive mental health and ways to maintain it, provides education about mental illness to reduce stigma, and encourages early diagnosis and treatment. We are constantly improving our offerings and involvement locally.

Local Accomplishments

  • MHA has provided free, bi-monthly educational programs on a variety of mental health topics for the past 7 years. We went “virtual” in July 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and have continued virtually until 2022. Attendance has actually doubled since going on Zoom!
  • In partnership with Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System (SRHS) Corporate Education, MHA provides Continuing Education Credits to social workers and counselors attending educational events, which allows them to stay updated in their fields.
  • For May as Mental Health Month in 2022, MHA created 2 special offerings. The “Be Kind To Your Mind” inaugural celebration took place on April 23rd to kick off the season. The “It’s OK To Be OK” panel discussion about combat trauma took place on May 19th. Each event helped us reach a different type of audience and raise greater awareness.
  • MHA co-sponsors with SRHS Corporate Education a day-long Mental Health Issues Symposium for professionals and laypeople. The 6th annual event in October 2021 was a webinar also on Zoom.
  • MHA presented, prior to the pandemic “lock-down,” a program on bullying to teachers and parents at Upstate Family Resource Center in Boiling Springs and hosted a viewing of our documentary “From Bull Street to Main Street” at Middle Tyger Community Center in Lyman.
  • MHA Spartanburg was named “Outstanding Affiliate” by MHA South Carolina in 2019 in recognition of our volunteerism.
  • MHA collaborates with other organizations in the County with related missions and goals, including New Day Clubhouse, NAMI of Spartanburg and Spartanburg Area Mental Health Center.
  • MHA continues to serve as a voice on the Spartanburg County Behavioral Health Task Force.

Executive Director: Maggie Gainey

Maggie, who began part-time with MHA Spartanburg in January 2021, has a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA. She is also a psychologist and faculty member part-time with the Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System (SRHS) Family Medicine Residency Program. Previously, Maggie was in private practice and has worked in Behavioral Health / Regional Psychiatry at SRHS, as well as in Behavioral Health at ReGenesis Health Care in Gaffney. She is a trained Mental Health First Aid instructor and has conducted numerous trainings in Spartanburg County through SC Thrive.

Advisory Board Members

Mary Miles, ChairJames Lies
Susan Lea, Vice ChairCathy McCabe
Mary Hope Rhodes, SecretarySally Owen
BailieJim Rentz
Cathe EmmerthKacie Sims
Nelda HopeVanessa Thompson

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, MHA 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.