Education and Advocacy

There are many programs that help individuals recognize the symptoms of mental illness. We have provided a listing of the resources that we use to refer those in need of counseling services, diagnosis, support groups, etc. Please visit the website 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 click below to request a training training session.

I.C. Hope® Don't Duck Mental Health® program

is a free public awareness and education program that teaches basic coping skills for mental health and aims to eliminate mental health stigma at a young age. Geared towards elementary school children, the program features I.C. Hope®, the Ambassador for Mental Health and Wellness. This friendly duck wears a bandage on his head to symbolize that mental illness is real and treatable and a life preserver around his neck to symbolize that every life is worth saving.

The program features story time,discussion, crafts and the oh so popular "Down with the Duck" song and dance. By the end of the program, students should be able to identify new coping skills for stress, bullying, grief, anger and other mental health-related topics. Each session is about an hour long and features one mental health topic. Number of sessions given per group can be adjusted per request.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

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

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.

Self-Assessment Depression Screening Tool

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

Survivor's of Suicide Bereavement Support Group

2nd Tuesday of each month from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Agency Referral Sources:

Aiken Barnwell Mental Health Center (ABMHC)
(803) 641-7700
website: http://www.state.sc.us
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
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
1823 Gadsden St, Columbia, SC 29201

National Mental Health America (NMHA)
Get more information at website: http://www.nmha.org
National Affiliate Directory: http://www.nmha.org/go/searchMHA

Mental Illness Recovery Center Inc. (MIRCI)
(803) 786-1844
3809 Rosewood Dr., Columbia, SC 29205