NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) – One in five American adults suffers from mental illness each year, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
Sunday officially marked the start of May and the start of National Mental Health Awareness Month.
During the day, Trident Medical Center, a hospital in North Charleston, hosted its first “Pinwheels for Mental Health” event.
The windmills represent individuals and families struggling with mental illness.
“We’re the tune of the windmill,” said Michelle Whittier, director of the hospital’s behavioral health program. “The air brings the reel to life, and that’s how we see our role in helping our patients. We want to help them get their lives back.
Research indicates that more than half of people with mental illness in the United States have not received treatment in the past year.
“Each of us, depending on our life course and experiences, will go through and experience some form of mental illness throughout our lives,” said Mark Hood, a member of Trident Medical’s behavioral health team. Center. “There is no profile. It’s all of us.
For mental health emergencies, the Charleston Dorchester Mental Health Center Crisis Call Center can be reached at (843) 414-2350.
Trident Medical Center says they are working on a new 60-bed stand-alone behavioral health hospital.
Its opening is scheduled for spring 2023.
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