Governor McMaster has proclaimed May 2020 as
Children’s Mental Health Month
in South Carolina!
Did You Know
1 in 5 South Carolina children has a behavioral health challenge that requires treatment?
That’s approximately 163,009 children and youth between the ages of 5 and 17. This is equivalent to the population count for Abbeville, Dillon, Laurens, Marion* and McCormick* counties.
1 in 10 children and youth experience behavioral health challenges with significant impairment to their daily functioning. In South Carolina,that’s approximately 81,421.
This total reflects the population count for Allendale, Barnwell, Calhoun, Marlboro* and McCormick* counties.
Yet, 50% of those children are not receiving the mental health treatment they need.
20% of Children in South Carolina by County
Hover over your county to see the need
* Statewide estimate of 1 in 5 children
* Statewide estimate of 1 in 10 children
* Reflected in both estimates
*2017 Population Data
Ensuring the emotional health of children and youth is essential to their growth and development.
There is hope!
When children and youth receive mental health treatment, there is an 80% success rate. We can all do better by learning to recognize the early warning signs of mental health problems and where children, youth and their families can obtain necessary assistance and treatment.
Family participation is essential
Families of children and youth with mental health challenges have unique needs and unique opportunities. Through training, ongoing support and community networks, family members can take an active role in the healing and recovery process—matching hope with action
Attend a Community Event
Check here for events focused on mental health and building community for children, youth and their families.
Share your own message of hope
Provide hope to children, youth and families through personal statements, quotes, poems, images and/or photographs.
Become a Sponsor for training
A one-time donation of just $25 will sponsor a training session for a family and/or a child with mental health challenges.
Federation of Families of SC
810 Dutch Square Blvd. Suite 486
Columbia, SC 29210
803-772-5210 – Office
866-779-0402 – Toll Free
803-772-5212 – Fax