Advocacy. Education. Service.
Serving South Carolina Since 1954
Mental Health America of South Carolina works diligently to ADVOCATE for those suffering from mental illness, those that cannot fight the battle alone. We work to EDUCATE all South Carolinians, adults, and children, both public officials and private citizens alike to promote good mental health, raise awareness and reduce the stigma associated with mental illness. We are privileged to SERVE those suffering from mental illness by providing evidence-based programs that can improve their quality of life and speed their recovery.
MHASC is an affiliate of Mental Health America, a national organization founded by former psychiatric patient and Yale graduate Clifford W. Beers to expose and correct the injustices he experienced and observed during hospitalizations for a diagnosis of bipolar disorder.
Mental Health America of South Carolina (MHASC) has served the state of South Carolina since 1954 as a private, not for profit, 501(c) 3 organization. In 2004, MHASC celebrated its golden anniversary as an affiliate of the oldest mental health advocacy organization in the nation. MHASC has 23 affiliates, 7 of which are staffed, but much of the work is accomplished by dedicated volunteers who lend their time and talents to the daily tasks of running the organizations. We are a grassroots organization with the state office, MHASC, providing a statewide presence with governmental agencies, developing policies that guide activities across the state, following legislation that will improve and expand mental health care in South Carolina, establishing local affiliates in counties not currently represented in our family and providing leadership, oversight, guidance, and support to our local affiliates already in existence.