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

Abbeville Aiken Allendale Anderson Bamberg Barnwell Beaufort Berkeley Calhoun Charleston Cherokee Chester Chesterfield Clarendon Colleton Darlington Dillon Dorchester Edgefield Fairfield Florence Georgetown Greenville Greenwood Hampton Horry Jasper Kershaw Lancaster Laurens Lee Lexington Marion Marlboro McCormick Newberry Oconee Orangeburg Pickens Richland Saluda Spartanburg Sumter Union Williamsburg York

* 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