mental health

John Magill: South Carolina Telehealth Champion Award

June 3, 2019 - Posted in Telehealth by John Lewis
Retired Dept. of Mental Health director John Magill named 2019 Telehealth Champion Award winner.

In April, Palmetto Care Connections honored retired S.C. Department of Mental Health director John Magill with the 2019 Telehealth Champion Award. Colleagues said Magill's dedication to underserved populations helped spur the grand expansion of DMH's telepsychiatry program...

Mental Health Care Needs of Children after Pediatric Traumatic Injury

January 29, 2019 - Posted in Health by Bobbi Conner
Dr. Leigh Ridings

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Leigh Ridings about addressing the mental health care needs of children (and their caregivers) following a pediatric traumatic injury and hospitalization. Dr. Ridings is a Clinical Psychologist and a Postdoctoral Fellow at MUSC.

Mental Health Services and Access for Underserved Populations

January 15, 2019 - Posted in Health by Bobbi Conner
Dr. Rosaura Orengo-Aguayo

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Rosaura Orengo-Aguayo about mental health care services and access, for underserved populations. Dr. Orengo-Aguayo is an Assistant Professor and bilingual licensed Clinical Psychologist at the National Crime Victims Research and...

SCDMH Reaches Telepsychiatry Landmark

October 10, 2018 - Posted in Telehealth by John Lewis
South Carolina Department of Mental Health has provided 100,000 telepsychiatry consultations since 2009.

The South Carolina Department of Mental Health (SCDMH), the largest provider of telemedicine services in South Carolina, has set yet another benchmark in merging technology and quality healthcare, providing its 100,000th psychiatric service via telemedicine. This award-...

Outdoorsman Credits Telehealth in his Recovery from Serious Hunting Accident

September 4, 2018 - Posted in Telehealth by Julia Shillinglaw
Chapmans sit on a homemade swing taking in their view on Wadmalaw Island.

The Chapmans enjoy living on Wadmalaw Island where they hunt, fish, and do just about anything outdoors. Steve Chapman calls it a paradise. After retirement, he planned on taking it easy on their little island back in the woods. However, after a hunting accident, everything...

South Carolina a Leader in Some Areas of Mental Health Care

May 16, 2018 - Posted in Health by Alfred Turner
abstract mental health symbol

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and there is much that most people are not aware of about mental health. Just more than 43 million Americans experience a mental illness in a given year, including millions of cases of depression, anxiety disorder and Alzheimer’s...

Mobile Crisis Fills Gap in Emergency Mental Health Care

January 29, 2018 - Posted in Telehealth by Julia Shillinglaw
EMS Vehicle Prepares to Leave on Call

Every minute counts in an emergency. First responders are trained to arrive at an emergency scene and deliver life-saving treatment as quickly as possible. They’re trained to recognize the difference between a medical emergency and a mental health crisis, because the two...

Mental Health Issues and Primary Care

December 25, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Bobbi Conner
Woman meeting with therapist

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. John Freedy about including mental health and behavioral health issues during a primary care visit. Dr. Freedy is a Professor of Family Medicine and Director of the Behavioral Science Curriculum for the Family Medicine Residency Program...

Holiday Depression is Real for Some South Carolinians

November 28, 2017 - Posted in Health by Tut Underwood
illustration of a male figure in a Santa who is holding a battery that is "low" on power

Cries of “Merry Christmas,” “Happy Hanukkah” or “Happy New Year” can ring hollow for those afflicted with the phenomenon known as holiday depression. Psychologist Fred Medway says holidays are so charged with memories that if one experiences, for example, a loss or other...