EDUCATION & ADVOCACY

Programs that help individuals recognize the symptoms of mental illness. We have provided a listing of the resources (at the bottom of this page) that we use to refer those in need of counseling services, diagnosis, support groups, etc. Please visit the website for the newly formed The Coalition for Suicide Prevention of Aiken County. MHAAC provides each of these resources and training opportunities at no cost to you as an effort to promote positive mental health for our community. If you or your agency  would be interested in scheduling a training/workshop, please contact us, or fill out the form located on this page, so that we may contact you to schedule a training session.

Feeling desperate, alone or hopeless? Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), a free, 24-hour hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. Your call will be routed to the nearest crisis center to you. 
 
   Call for yourself or someone you care about
 
   Free and confidential
 
   A network of more than 150 crisis centers nationwide
 
   Available 24/7

Depression is more than sadness.

 

More Than Sad is a program of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention that provides education about factors that put youth at risk for suicide, in particular depression and other mental disorders.

 

The program includes two sets of materials:

  • Education for Teens
  • Education for teachers and other School Personnel 

What is QPR?

QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer -- 3 simple steps that anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. Each year thousands of Americans, like you, are saying "Yes" to saving the life of a friend, colleague, sibling, or neighbor. QPR can be learned in our Gatekeeper course in as little as one hour.

 
Through partnership with Screening for Mental Health, Mental Health America of Aiken County is able to offer free, confidential screenings 24 hours a day, 7 days a week through an online depression screening. This confidential screening tool is provided as a support to our community. 
 
If you, or if someone that you know  might be interested in using this free, anonymous self-assessment tool through the online depression screening please click here to complete the simple 5-step process which includes the results and recommended follow-up. It only takes about three minutes to complete the assessment.
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Agency Referral Sources:

 

 

Aiken Barnwell Mental Health Center (ABMHC)

(803) 641-7700

website: http://www.state.sc.us/dmh/ab/index.html

1135 Gregg Hwy, Aiken, SC 29801

Accepted Insurance: Medicare,Medicaid, Some Private Insurance
Additional Information: Sliding Scale 

 

 

Hartzog Center

(803) 278-0880 

website: http://www.state.sc.us/dmh/ab/hartzog.html

431 West Martintown Rd, North Augusta, SC 29841

Accepted Insurance: Medicare,Medicaid, Some Private Insurance
Additional Information: Sliding Scale

 

 

Aurora Pavilion

(803) 641-5900 

website: http://www.aikenregional.com/Hospital-Services/Behavioral-Health-Services

655 Medical Park Drive, Aiken, SC 29801

 

 

Aiken Psychiatric and Psychotherapy Associates

(803) 642-3801

website: http://www.aikenpsych.com/index.html

33 Varden Dr, Aiken, SC 29803 

Accepted Insurance: Medicare, Some Private Insurance
Additional Information: Bi-lingual services

 

 

Aiken Center for Alcohol & Drug Services
(803) 649-1911
website: http://www.aikencenter.org/
 
1105 Gregg Hwy, Aiken, SC 29801

Accepted Insurance: SC Medicaid, Private Insurance
Additional Information: Bi-lingual services, Sliding Scale

 


Community Care & Counseling of Aiken
(803) 641-9979

110 Chesterfield St. NE, Aiken, SC 29801
Accepted Insurance: Sliding scale and some Private Insurance

Additional Information: NO Medicaid or Medicare accepted.


 

Aiken County 211 Help Line

211 or (803) 641-4143

or  if outside Aiken Co.(866)648-9900

website: http://www.aikenhelpline211.org/main/

1055-B Silver Bluff Rd, Aiken, SC 29803

 

 

Edgefield Mental Health Clinic

(803) 637-5788

website: http://www.beckmancenter.com/

409 Simpkins St, Edgefield, SC 29824

 

 

Mental Health America of South Carolina (MHASC)

(803) 779-5363

website: http://www.mha-sc.org/resources/index.php?id=35

1823 Gadsden St, Columbia, SC 29201

 

National Mental Health America (NMHA)

Get more information at website: http://www.nmha.org/go/get-info/

National Affiliate Directory: http://www.nmha.org/go/searchMHA

 

 

Mental Illness Recovery Center Inc. (MIRCI)

(803) 786-1844

3809 Rosewood Dr., Columbia, SC 29205