Mental Health First Aid

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Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health America’s 2020 report on The State of Mental Health in America ranked South Carolina 48th out of 51 citing a higher prevalence of mental illness, and lower rates of access to care. South Carolina ranked 50th out of 51 in the category of youth with a major depressive event who did not receive treatment.

Here is a link to the full study - 

Thanks to a partnership with Prisma Health, students at Easley High School in Pickens County are being taught mental health first aid. They are learning to recognize the symptoms of mental health problems in themselves and others, and how to access care when it’s needed.

The students say this training reduces the stigma attached to talking about and seeking mental health care.

They are excited to take their new skills into the community as they leave for college, and plans are being made at Easley to expand the training.

If you or someone you know needs help, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. 

The students who participated in the program received contact information for mental health resources in upstate South Carolina. That list can be accessed and printed here and the information is also included below.

Visit for more information including a class/instructor finder.

Email to set-up a class 


Find Treatment in South Carolina   



[Upstate SC]



For assistance in an emergency situation - Dial 911 


National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

1-800-273-TALK (8255) (press 1 for veterans, 2 for Spanish)



864-271-8888 Greenville

864-582-1100 Spartanburg

TEEN line 864-467-8336


National Human Trafficking Hotline


Text: 233733 (BeFree)



National Child Abuse Hotline 

1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453) 


National Sexual Assault Hotline

1-800-656-HOPE (4673)


National Domestic Violence Hotline

1-800-799-SAFE (7233)

1-800-787-3224 (hearing impaired line)


RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network)

1-800-656-HOPE (4673)


Julie Valentine Center Greenville 

864-467-3633 Hotline

864-335-5288 Children’s Advocacy Center


Rape Crisis Council of Pickens County



Safe Harbor


Women’s shelter


SAFE Homes- Rape Crisis Coalition

800-273-5066 Hotline


Women Reaching Out

( Shelter for women in crisis)





SC, 29607,




SWITCH'S mission is to fight human trafficking and sexual exploitation in the Upstate of South Carolina through awareness, prevention, fighting demand, intervention and restoration. 864-442-5500





Substance Abuse Treatment

Greenville County Mental Health Center


SAMHSA’s National Helpline provides free, 24-hour information and referral assistance to local treatment facilities, support groups, and community-based organizations. 1-800-662-HELP (4357) and

National Council for Behavioral Health can assist you in finding a local provider of behavioral health services and support. (click on “Find a Provider”)


Substance Use Disorder Groups and Resources

Greenville FAVOR

355 Woodruff Rd Suite 303 Greenville, SC 29607 864-385-7757



Mental Health Treatment

Greenville County Mental Health Center



Piedmont Mental Health Center

  • 866.949.1319 (Crisis Line)
  • 800.647.2006 (TTY)

SAMHSA’s National Helpline provides free, 24-hour information and referral assistance to local treatment facilities, support groups, and community-based organizations.

1-800-662-HELP (4357)


National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Information HelpLine provides information and referral services. 1-800-950-NAMI (6264)


National Council for Behavioral Health can assist you in finding a local provider of behavioral health services and support. (click on “Find a Provider”)


Mental Health America

CRISISline at 864-271-8888


National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-SUICIDE (800-784-2433)



Veterans Groups


Upstate Warrior Solutions



Greenville VA



Greenville VET Center



Greenville Fellow Countrymen


Nonprofit- transitional housing





a. Emergency and Referral Services

National Runaway Safe line


Children’s Advocacy Center Spartanburg , Cherokee County



b. Children and Youth Mental Health Services

Greenville County Mental Health Center



Bethany Christian Services- Greenville



c. Family Mental Health Services

Greenville County Mental Health Center



Mental Health America



d. Children and Youth Substance Abuse Services

Phoenix Center Greenville



Greenville County Mental Health Center



e. Family/Youth Support services - Advocacy Groups:

Federation of Families

803-772-5210 – Office

866-779-0402 – Toll Free


Family Connections



Dial 211 to connect to an agency that can help...


District 9 Service (864-235-4638*)

c/o 301 Frostberry Ct, Fountain Inn, SC 29644


Greenville Sexual Trauma Center 467-3633


Greenville Child Advocacy Center 233-2882


Right Decisions Right Now - Non-Smoking Program


SC Department of Social Services

1-888-722-2580 (Children's Helpline0



Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Support Resources

GLBT National Help Center



Trevor Project Crisis Line – LGBTQ Youth

1-866-4-U-TREVOR (488-7386)


GLBT National Youth Talkline

1-800-246-PRIDE (1-800-246-7743)


PFLAG Greenville: The Greenville PFLAG meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month, 7:00 pm-8:30 pm at The American Red Cross building, located at 940 Grove Road, Greenville, SC



Find a time and location of a meeting.

Alcoholics Anonymous


Narcotics Anonymous

1-888-GET-HOPE (438-4673) (Hopeline)


National Domestic Violence Hotline


Nar-Anon Family Groups


National Domestic Violence Hotline



Free and confidential information and referral, available 24/7, for help with food, housing, employment, health care, counseling and more - Dial 211

Homeowner’s HOPE™ Hotline provides free comprehensive financial education and confidential foreclosure prevention counseling 24/7.

1-888-995-HOPE (4673)


Legal Advice provides legal information, lawyer profiles and a community to help individuals make legal decisions.


United Way of Greenville




United Way of Pickens

211 Helpline or 864-850-7094


United Way of Anderson County



United Way of Piedmont



Gateway House

864.242.9193 adult mental health resource for the Greenville community


Triune Mercy Center

222 Rutherford St., Greenville, SC 29609

(864) 233-8020

Triune Mercy Center is a non-denominational mission church that ministers alongside the homeless in downtown Greenville, South Carolina. Medical outreach, food assistance, drug & alcohol recovery, sex trafficking, social work

Salvation Army - Meeting basic human needs




A Child's Haven 864-298-0025

American Red Cross - Youth Association 864-282-8655

City of Greenville Parks and Recreation Department - Youth Comission 864-467-8011

Crisis Pregnancy Center 864-233-3823

Department of Juvenile Justice Youth Programs 864-467-5875

Department of Social Services 864-467-7700

Department of Social Services - School Liaison 864-467-7881,

Department of Disabilities and Special Needs - Family Learning Resource Center 864-241-4804

Greenville Family Partnership 864-467-4099

Greenville Housing Authority Youth Association 864-467-4278

Greenville Rape Crisis and Child Abuse Center

  • Rape Crisis 24/7 Hotline: (864) 467-3633
  • Children's Advocacy Center: (864) 335-5288

Hands On Greenville 864-242-4224

Julie Valentine Center 864-331-0560

Junior Achievement 864-235-9491

Junior League of Greenville, Inc./ Kids in the Kitchen 233-2663

Mental Health Association of Greenville - TEENline 467-3344,

  • TEENline: 467-TEEN (467-8336)

National Dropout Prevention Network 656-2599

Pendleton Place Children's Shelter 242-6667

Phyllis Wheatley Association 235-3411

Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club 235-6047

SHARE - Youth Crossroads 269-0700,

The Family Effect 864-467-3944

United Way of Greenville County - Volunteer Mobilization Initiative 864-467-3333

Urban League 864-244-3862

Volunteer Greenville 864-467-3400



Carolina Center for Behavioral Health 864-235-2335

Carolina Center for Counseling and Behavioral Interventions


Compass of Carolina 864-467-3434

Greenville Mental Health 864-241-1050

Greenville Counseling Associates 864-286-1500

Piedmont Mental Health 864-963-3421

The Journey Center 864-877-7025

The Phoenix Center 864-467-3790



Day of Hope, United Ministries 864-232-6463

Greenville Housing Authority 864-467-4285

Miracle Hill Boy's Shelter 864-292-0552

Miracle Hill Rescue Mission 864-242-6933

Miracle Hill Shepherd's Gate 864-268-5589

Safe Harbor 864-467-3636

Safe Homes, Rape Crisis Coalition 864-583-9803

Salvation Army 864-235-4803



Angel Food Ministries 864-268-1836

Around the Rainbow 864-801-2595

Clemson University Extension Service 864-232-4431

Daily Bread 864-968-0323

Eastside Crisis Center 864-242-9083

Food Stamps 864-467-7700

Foothills Family Resources 864-836-1100

God's Pantry 1 864-963-4441

God's Pantry 2 864-244-4510

God's Pantry 3 864-963-8854

Golden Strip Emergency Relief and Resources 864-688-2233

Greenville County Health Department (WIC) 864-282-4326

Loaves and Fishes 864-232-3595

Meals on Wheels 864-233-6565

Miracle Hill Relief 864-242-2911

North Greenville Food Crisis Ministry 864-834-7342

Piedmont Emergency Relief Center 864-906-7351

Salvation Army 864-235-4803

Samaritan House 864-299-5898

Triune Mercy Center 864-233-8020

United Ministries 864-232-6463

Zion Home of Restoration 864-235-3131



Greenville Free Clinic 864-688-2250 or 864-232-1470

Greenville Memorial Hospital 864-455-8091

Hillcrest Hospital 864-967-6161

New Horizons 864-233-1534

North Hills 864-232-2734

St. Francis Hospital 864-255-1000



Beck Tutoring Program 864-355-1400

Camp Sunburst 864-404-5070

Carolina Master Scholars, University of South Carolina


Clemson Reading Skills Program 1-800-978-9596

Furman University Summer Learning Place

South Carolina Governor's School for Science & Mathematics


University Test Prep, SAT/ACT Summer Institute 803-777-9444

The National Theatre for Children 1-800-858-3999 ext 1



Greenville Library 864-242-5000

Augusta Branch 864-277-0161

Sarah Dobey Jones Branch 864-246-1695

Fountain Inn Branch 864-862-2576

W. Jack Greer Library 864-277-7397

Hendricks Branch 864-963-9031

Law Library East North St. 864-467-8486

Jean M. Smith Library 864-877-8722

F.W. Symmes Branch 864-288-6688

Wade Hampton-Taylors 864-268-5955



Al-Anon and Alateen

Al-Anon and Alateen provide information and support for the family members and friends of people with alcohol problems. The sites include lists of meetings in the United States and Canada.


American Self-Help Group Clearinghouse

American Self-Help Group Clearinghouse is a keyword-searchable database of 1,100 national, international, model and online self-help support groups. Also listed are self-help clearinghouses worldwide, research studies, information on starting face-to-face and online groups and a registry for persons interested in starting national or international self-help groups


Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance

Use the “Find a Support Group Near You” tool on the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance website to find out if a support group is meeting in your area. These are peer-led support groups


Eating Disorders Anonymous

Following the 12-step approach used by Alcoholics Anonymous, Eating Disorders Anonymous can help people struggling with eating disorders. The website lists meetings nationwide


Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous

Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous include information on support groups for drug and alcohol addiction in your area


Overeaters Anonymous

Following the 12-step approach used by Alcoholics Anonymous, Overeaters Anonymous can help people struggling with compulsive eating and binge eating. The website lists Overeaters Anonymous meetings nationwide


Recovery International

Recovery International, a self-help mental health organization, sponsors weekly group peer-led meetings in many communities, as well as telephone and Internet-based meetings. Click “Find a Meeting” to find the next Recovery International meeting in your area.


Schizophrenia and Related Disorders Alliance of America (Schizophrenics Anonymous) Schizophrenics Anonymous is comprised of self-help groups established to support the recovery of people who experience schizophrenia. The website lists locations of self-help groups




Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (, created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, provides ideas about how to stop using tobacco. Includes downloadable resources and contacts for online and phone counseling

National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc.

The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence website features information on local resources for getting help for a substance use concern, fact sheets and further information for friends, family members, parents and youth on having a conversation about substance use.

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism is the lead agency for U.S. research on alcohol use disorders and health

Start Your Recovery

Start Your Recovery works with leading experts in effectively treating substance use issues to offer people a single source of relatable, reliable information at any stage of their recovery journey.

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

NIDA provides links to information for parents, teens, health professionals, teachers and others about various drug use problems.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

(SAMHSA) SAMHSA’s website has information about substance use disorders of all kinds. It includes information for the public, including families, health professionals, schools and individuals. The website also includes a treatment finder to locate a substance use treatment provider in your area is a drug use screening site with a questionnaire to help you determine if you or someone you know might have a drug use problem. Alcohol is an alcohol use screening site developed by the Boston University School of Public Health. It includes an online test about your own, or someone else’s, level of alcohol use, including advice about cutting down or getting professional treatment.




Brain & Behavior Research Foundation

The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation website provides downloadable fact sheets on psychotic disorders.



Pendulum is a nooprofit organization providing information on bipolar disorder. The website includes book review, discussion forums, articles and links to other resources. provides information, support and education to family members, caregivers and individuals whose lives have been affected by schizophrenia.




Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA)

ADAA promotes the early diagnosis, treatment and cure of anxiety disorders.

Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine

The Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital has an online store offering CDs, DVDs and books on relaxation techniques.


The E-couch website provides information about emotional problems (including depression and anxiety disorders) – what causes them, how to prevent them and how to treat them. It also provides a set of evidence-based online interventions designed to equip the user with strategies to improve mood and emotional state, along with a workbook to track progress and record experiences.

Freedom From Fear

The Freedom From Fear website provides information, screening tools and other resources on many types of anxiety disorders.

Obsessive-Compulsive Foundation

The Obsessive-Compulsive Foundation website includes information about obsessive-compulsive disorder, including information about effective treatments, how to find a health professional who has experience treating the disorder and links to other helpful websites.



American Association of Suicidology

The American Association of Suicidology (AAS) promotes research, public awareness programs, public education and training for professionals and volunteers. AAS also serves as a national clearinghouse for information on suicide.

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) provides information about suicide, support for survivors, prevention, research and more.

Brain & Behavior Research Foundation

The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation website provides information and downloadable fact sheets on depressive disorders.

Mental Health America Visit Mental Health America’s screening tools page for information on mental health, getting help and taking action.

Depression Screening

The Depression Screening website is sponsored by Mental Health America as part of the Campaign for America’s Mental Health. The mission of this website is to educate people about clinical depression, offer a confidential way for people to get screened for symptoms of depression and guide people toward appropriate professional help if necessary.


MoodGYM has been evaluated in a scientific trial and found to be effective in relieving depression symptoms if people work through it systematically. This website uses cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) methods to teach people to use ways of thinking that can help prevent depression.

Postpartum Support International

Postpartum Support International’s (PSI) website includes resources for support, education and local providers focusing on the emotional changes that women experience during pregnancy and postpartum, including postpartum depression. PSI’s toll-free help line is staffed by a team of trained responders who rapidly refer callers to appropriate local resources, including emergency services. 800-944-4PPD (4773)

Progressive Relaxation

Download two progressive relaxation tapes from the Hobart and William Smith Colleges website.

Suicide Prevention Resource Center

The Suicide Prevention Resource Center has fact sheets on suicide by state and by population characteristics, as well as on many other subjects.



Focus Adolescent Services

The Focus Adolescent Services website is designed for parents and covers a wide range of mental health problems, including a section on self-injury.

S.A.F.E. Alternatives (Self-Abuse Finally Ends)

S.A.F.E. Alternatives is a residential treatment program for people who engage in self-injury. The website includes information about self-injury and about starting treatment. S.A.F.E information line: 1-800-DONT CUT (366-8288)



Mental Health America

Visit Mental Health America’s site for information on mental health, getting help, and taking action.

National Council for Behavioral Health

To locate mental health and addictions treatment facilities in your community, use the “Find a Provider” feature on the National Council’s website.

National Empowerment Center

The mission of the National Empowerment Center is to carry a message of recovery, empowerment, hope and healing to those diagnosed with a mental illness. The center provides information and advocacy resources.

National Institute of Mental Health (Mental Illness Among U.S. Adults)

The National Institute of Mental Health website provides prevalence statistics pertaining to mental illnesses, including data by age, gender and race.

President’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health

This commission report was released in 2003 as part of an effort to eliminate inequality for Americans with disabilities. It was tasked to “promote successful community integration for adults with a serious mental illness and children with a serious emotional disturbance.” The report describes problems and gaps in the U.S. mental health system and makes recommendations for improvements at the federal, state and local levels of government, as well as private and public health care providers.

World Health Organization (Disability from Mental Illness)

The World Health Organization website contains information on the global burden of disease in various parts of the world, including burden due to mental disorders.

National Alliance on Mental Illness NAMI 

Nonprofit, grassroots, self-help, support and advocacy organization of individuals with mental disorders and their families. Their website provides resources on mental disorders that are helpful for people who have experienced mental illness and their families, including support groups, education and training.


For Veterans, Servicemembers and Their Families

View the full list on page 15 of the Resource Guide here


NAMI - Family Support Groups


Trenholm Road United Methodist Church 

3401 Trenholm Road, Columbia, SC Tuesdays at 6 pm (except for second Tuesday of each month) Contact: Trenholm Road United Methodist Church 3401 Trenholm Road, Columbia, SC Thursdays at 6:00 pm Contact:


NAMI Connections - Support group for people with a mental illness


Bridges Clubhouse 2105 Commerce Dr., Cayce Mondays at 6:00 pm Contact: (803) 796-6179 

Trenholm Road United Methodist Church 3401 Trenholm Road, Columbia, SC Tuesdays at 6:00 pm (except for the second Tuesday of each month) Contact: 

Dorn VA Hospital 6439 Garners Ferry Rd, Columbia, SC Building 106, Room A-237 Wednesdays at 3:00 pm Contact: 

Trenholm Road United Methodist Church 3401 Trenholm Road, Columbia, SC Thursdays at 6:00 pm Contact:


Tri City Baptist Church 1401 Griffin Mill Rd, Easley, SC Last Mondays at 06:00 PM Contact:


Westminster Presbyterian Church 2310 Augusta St, Greenville, SC Mondays at 06:15 PM Contact:


Bluffton-OKatie Outpatient Center 40 Okatie Center Blvd #100, Okatie, SC Wednesdays at 06:30 PM Contact:


Pendleton United Methodist Church 217 S. Broad St, Pendleton, SC 1st Tuesdays at 06:15 PM

Rock Hill

Oakland Ave Presbyterian Church 421 Oakland Ave, Rock Hill, SC 1st Tuesdays at 07:00 PM Contact: *Group meets in "The Hut"


Postpartum Support



Charleston Support Group Lutheran Church of the Redeemer 714 Riverdale Drive, Charleston, SC 1st & 3rd Thursday every month 7:30pm-8:30pm Contact: Helena Bradford (843)881-2047


Postpartum FREE Lunch Group Palmetto Health 9 Medical Park Drive, Columbia, SC 1st Thursday every month 11:30 am- 1 pm Contact: Virginia Williams (803)296-3715 

Wee Remember Palmetto Health 9 Medical Park Drive, Columbia, SC 4th Tuesday every month 6:30 pm- 8:30pm Contact: (803) 296-5635

  • For parents who have experienced infant or pregnancy loss 


Postpartum Support Group of the Upstate 

Parkside Pediatrics 211 Batesville Road, Simpsonville, SC 1st  Thursday every month 7:00pm Contact: Susan Breisch (864) 419-3289


Survivor Support Groups


Trinity Hospice Community Bereavement Center 2803 Wrightsboro, Rd, Augusta Georgia 4th Sundays at 3:00 PM Contact: (706) 863-6785


Westminster Presbyterian Church 1715 Broad River Road, Columbia, SC 1st Tuesday each month, 7 to 8:30 PM Contact:


Mcleod Hospice House 1203 East Cheves Street, Florence, SC 3rd Monday, 6:30pm-8:00pm Contact:


Mental Health America of Greenville County 301 University Ridge, Suite 5600, Greenville, SC Contact:


Lowell Street United Methodist Church 300 Lowell Ave., Greenwood, SC 2nd Monday Contact:

Hilton Head Island

Hilton Head Island / Bluffton 119 Palmetto Way, Bluffton, SC usually 3rd or 4th Monday Contact:

Horry County

Murrell’s Inlet Mall/ Meeting Hall 12125 Highway 17 Byp, Murrells Inlet, SC 1st Wednesday, 6 pm Contact:

North Charleston

211 Hotline N. Charleston, SC Contact:


Morningside Baptist Church 897 South Pine Street, Spartanburg, SC 2nd Monday each month Contact:


St. Johns Methodist Church 136 Poinsett Drive, Sumter, SC 1st Thursday, 7 PM Contact: