Charleston Dorchester Mental Health Center

Charleston Dorchester Mental Health Center

Welcome to CDMHC. We are one of the most innovative, diverse, and skilled mental health centers operated by the South Carolina Department of Mental Health.

CDMHC is a mental healthcare organization committed to providing services to the residents of Charleston and Dorchester Counties. We have a talented team of psychiatrists, mental health counselors, nurses, case managers, and administrative staff who are passionate about helping people. We believe in the importance of mental health as a major factor in contributing to your quality of life, and we provide affordable behavioral healthcare regardless of your financial situation.

Thank you, Mount Pleasant Police Department, for helping us raise awareness. SC HOPES is here for you if you need support. Call us, toll-free.

The Centers for Disease Control shared new data of how COVID is affecting the mental health of so many people. In June of 2020, 11% of respondents described actively considering suicide - this is double the rate in 2019. In the age group 18-25 the rate was 25%, 1 in 4! Anxiety and depression were tripled and quadrupled. In our own state, there has been a 47% increase in overdose cases this year. SC HOPES is a program out of the SC Dept. of Mental Health which hosts a phone line, 1-844-SC HOPES, to take calls relating to mental health problems (anxiety, depression, suicide), or substance/ addiction problems, and finds local resources to help. Please reach out if you need help.

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West Ashley mother shares her son's story during Suicide Prevention Month

Join us in as we work toward a South Carolina without suicide. #HopeLivesInSC

abcnews4.com (WCIV) — Every 11 hours, someone takes their own life in South Carolina, according to the South Carolina Department of Mental Health. September is "Suicide Prevention Awareness Month," and there's a new campaign called #HopeLivesinSC, launched by the SCDMH. The SCDMH said there's been higher i...

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Charleston Dorchester Mental Health Center

Charleston Dorchester Mental Health Center

Charleston Dorchester Mental Health Center

[08/04/20]   All locations of CDMHC are open today, August 4.

[08/03/20]   Due to Hurricane Isaias, the Dorchester location of CDMHC has closed for the day. BOTH locations are now closed. If you have an appointment that will be affected, staff will contact you.

PLEASE BE SAFE.

[08/03/20]   Due to Hurricane/Tropical Storm Isaias, our Charleston office closed today at 1:00. At present, the Dorchester office remains open. If you have an appointment that will be affected, staff will contact you.

Please be safe!

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Thanks to our amazing team!! They are an incredible group of mental health professionals always passionate about helping people in our community! We are so thankful for your courage, compassion, and expertise.

Charleston Dorchester Mental Health Center

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NAMI's Guía COVID-19 de información y recursos está disponible en español. Tiene información sobre preguntas frecuentes y recursos para que encuentres apoyo para ti y tus seres queridos.

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SC-DMH COVID-19 Video

Please know we are open and providing services to those in need during these incredibly challenging times!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rt_AA8zG5cc

SC Department of Mental Health remains open across the state during the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit www.scdmh.net to find a clinic near you.

SC Department of Mental Health-Office of Suicide Prevention

Many of us are feeling anxious and uncertain. Our director Jennifer understands and has a special message for you:

We live in uncertain times. Often, uncertainty and fear of the unknown can lead to anxiety, depression, and isolation. I find that when I’m feeling uncertain, it is very helpful to think about what I know to be true…. the facts.

Fact: we have to stay home to protect ourselves and save lives, but we MUST also stay connected to one another. Connecting to our social supports, our family, our co-workers, our neighbors, and others can help us feel less isolated. An old fashioned letter or card is always nice because you have something you can actually hold onto from a friend or loved one. Remember phone calls? Hearing someone’s voice might be just what you need when you’re feeling afraid or worried. Because of our current situation, we have to be more creative in how we connect with others and still stay safe. I am lucky to have a wonderful friend who has been sending Marco Polo videos to help our friend group stay connected. Another wonderful friend dropped off Oreos and a bear to put in our window so that kids walking in the neighborhood for exercise could go on a bear hunt. What creative ways can you find to stay connected to your family, friends, and neighbors?

Fact: We are not alone. Still, there are many of us who don’t have social supports they can connect with. So, maybe we need to connect to our doctor or therapist. Maybe we need to connect to a mental health professional. Maybe, fear, worry, and feeling isolated have even led us to some suicidal thoughts. Remember, though, YOU ARE NOT ALONE. Many of us are feeling these same things right now. The South Carolina Department of Mental Health serves every county of our state and is open and here for all of us. There are hotlines we can call, like the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255) or the national Crisis Text Line (text the word “HOME” to 741741). If you need someone from the SCDMH mobile crisis team, call 1-833-364-2274. These phone services are open to us 24 hours/day. Never forget that seeking help is a sign of courage and strength. We are not alone.

Fact: How we connect matters. Keeping up with what is going on in our state and country is very important, but too much "news" right now may increase anxiety for many people. Take time to choose a news source or two that you trust to get reliable information from and watch or listen to them in a certain time frame each day that you choose. Be careful not to go into "information overload". It is OK and healthy to take a "break" from the news for a little while.

Also, work on being kind to yourself and others right now. Speak and listen with compassion because we are all in this together and we are all feeling uncertain and probably afraid. If you are staying home, use this time to nurture your relationships with friends and family more thoughtfully. Use this time to interact with your family intentionally and kindly. And take care of yourself! Find simple things that make you feel calm. For example, for many of us, "snack" foods are a great self-soother – if they are for you, be gentle with yourself for eating them - don't feel guilty. What simple activities or thoughts make you feel calm?

Fact: There is hope. There are plenty of things to feel worried about, frustrated about and confused about right now. Let’s each make time to recognize moments of hope. Hope and gratitude are so important in helping us survive these moments. For instance, I am grateful I have the ability to connect with each of you reading this post. I am grateful for the sunshine today. I am hopeful that we can all see life is still growing in the form of nature, renewed friendships, closer communities, and newly learned coping skills. I am grateful for all of the new resources in our state for people who are anxious, stressed, and unsure.

SCDMH is now providing approximately 95% of its services either by phone or secure video to keep everyone safe and connected. If you haven't already, visit the SCDMH website for information and community resources at www.scdmh.net.

These are the facts I’m holding onto right now. When I make time to think about these facts, find things to be grateful for and hopeful about, and remember we are all in this together, I don’t feel so alone and I am able to find hope. Stay safe, stay healthy and stay connected.


Sincerely,
Jennifer Butler

During these rapidly changing and uncertain times, the Federation of Families of SC has been working to create ways we can continue support one another. See the information below to access our Virtual Peer Support Group every Wednesday and Friday from 1:00 p.m.- 2:00 p.m. and share with anyone who may need support!

Today at 2:00 PM! Visit PBS NewsHour to submit questions in advance, or click the image below.

JOIN US: On Wednesday, April 8, at 2 p.m. Eastern, Dr. Joshua A. Gordon, the director of the National Institute of Mental Health, will answer your questions about coping during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Have a question you'd like him to answer? Send it to us here in the comments.

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Mental health centers remain open to assist Tri-County residents

Thanks WCIV | ABC News 4!

abcnews4.com Tri-County residents in need of mental health assistance during the coronavirus pandemic can receive it. TheCharleston Dorchester Mental Health Center and theBerkeley Mental Health Center remain open foremergencies, police drop-offs and nursing services. At this time, routine appointments are taking...

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Check out more great information from our Deaf Services staff.

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There's still time to watch live at 3:00 Eastern TODAY! Pass it on.
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Join our chief medical officer, Dr. Christine Moutier and NowThis today at 3 pm ET for a Facebook Live on how to protect your mental health during COVID-19!

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How self-isolation can affect your mental health

Our executive director talked with Antonio at WCBD News 2 about the importance of minding our #MentalHealth during this time. Thanks, Jennifer!

counton2.com CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – With people going into isolation, they now have more time to themselves to do different things. “I bought a Nintendo Switch…bought a couple of games and …

Deaf Services at the SC Department of Mental Health

Good morning! Here's an update about how Deaf Services at the SC Department of Mental Health is providing services during COVID-19. Transcript is in the comments.

Update how SCDMH Deaf Services is providing services. Transcript in comments

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Mental Health and COVID-19 – Information and Resources

As we work to safeguard the *physical health* of our families, friends, coworkers, community, and selves, we must do the same for our *mental health*.

This extensive collection of resources from Mental Health America of the US provides a wealth of tools, from general information about physical distancing and coping strategies to resources for parents and mental health providers. This page has something to help each of us. Check it out and PASS IT ON! #COVID19 #InThisTogether

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mhanational.org A list of links and resources on COVID-19 (COVID) and tips to cope.

[03/23/20]   SCDMH and COVID-19: IMPORTANT CHANGES, 3/20/20

All SCDMH inpatient facilities (hospitals and nursing homes), and community mental health centers remain open and functional. All components of the agency are taking precautions to protect patients, residents and staff from exposure to the novel coronavirus.

As a precaution, effective FRIDAY, MARCH 20, all outpatient mental health centers and clinics are changing operations to help keep patients, staff, and our community healthy and prevent further spread of the Covid-19 virus.

Here’s what that means for patients:

- If you have a routine (scheduled) appointment, a member of our staff will call you to discuss options for your current needs - either by phone or possibly secure video - so that you will not need to come in person. Staff will explain how telephone and telehealth visits work.

- If you have an appointment by phone or telehealth, your information will be secure and private, just as with an in-person visit.

- We will remain open for emergencies, and to provide scheduled injections.

- If you are not sure when your next appointment is, or have general questions, please CALL AND TALK TO STAFF, DO NOT COME TO THE CENTER: Click here for Center and clinic phone numbers.

- The DMH Assessment Mobile Crisis/CCRI Team will continue to respond to crises in the community. To reach your local team, call (833) 364-2274.

Remember, these are precautions to help limit patient and staff exposure to the Coronavirus in our community. We must all do our part to keep our families, friends, and neighbors safe and healthy.

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Lowcountry mental health facilities still open, despite COVID-19 pandemic

Our own Center Director Roberts talked with WCSC Live 5 News about how to take care of our *MENTAL HEALTH* during these difficult times. Thank you, Jennifer!
#InThisTogether #MentalAndPhysicalHealth #SelfCare #LookingOutForOneAnother

live5news.com People practicing social distancing or staying at home to help prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus may also unintentionally cause anxiety and fear in themselves and others, taking a toll on mental health.

Coping with Covid-19

New fact sheets - 3/17/2020: Talking with Children about Covid-19.

We’ve all seen and heard a lot about Coronavirus-19 (COVID-19). It can be overwhelming.

In addition to taking steps to ensure our physical health at this time, it’s just as important to ensure our mental health!

Check out these flyers for some helpful tips (for both kids and adults) to cope, and feel free to share them with others in our community. We have to look out for one another to stay healthy!

New fact sheet - 3/17/2020 - Talking with Children About Covid-19.

We’ve all seen and heard a lot about Coronavirus-19 (COVID-19). It can be overwhelming.

In addition to taking steps to ensure our physical health at this time, it’s just as important to ensure our mental health!

Check out these flyers for some helpful tips to cope and feel free to share them with others in our community. We have to look out for one another to stay healthy!

South Carolina Department of Mental Health

---UPDATED: PINNED POST, 3/19/2020---

Charleston-Dorchester Locations to Alter Operations 3/20/2020

Effective FRIDAY, MARCH 20, all locations of Charleston Dorchester Mental Health Center are changing operations until further notice.

To help keep patients, staff, and our community healthy and prevent further spread of the Covid-19 virus, our locations are going to operate differently than usual:

• If you have a routine (scheduled) appointment, a member of our staff will call you to discuss options for your current needs - either by phone or possibly secure video - so you will not need to come in person.

• We will remain open for urgent walk-in visits, emergencies, and to provide scheduled injections. If you come in as a walk-in, you will be asked 4 health screening questions.

• Our Assessment Mobile Crisis Team staff will continue to respond to crises in the community. To reach the team, call (843) 414-2350.

• Remember, this is a precaution to help limit exposure to the Coronavirus in our community. We must all do our part to keep our families, friends, and neighbors safe and healthy.

**There are no known cases of Covid 19 among any South Carolina Department of Mental Health patients, residents, or staff.**

We are keeping up to date with the latest information about #COVID19 from the CDC and SC DHEC. If you have an appointment but are experiencing respiratory (breathing) symptoms, please call us at the Center to reschedule. Staff will ensure that you continue to receive needed refills. Please call us if you have any questions.

Below are several fact sheets (in English y en Español) from the CDC about Covid-19, what you need to know, and what to do if you have symptoms.

----PINNED POST COVID-19, UPDATED MARCH 20, 2020----

All SCDMH inpatient facilities (hospitals and nursing homes), community mental health centers and the Department’s administrative offices and support facilities are altering operations, effective 3/20/2020. See below for details.

OUTPATIENT CARE:
Effective FRIDAY, MARCH 20, all outpatient mental health centers and clinics are changing operations to help keep patients, staff, and our community healthy and prevent further spread of the Covid-19 virus.

Here’s what this means for patients:
* If you have a routine (scheduled) appointment, a member of our staff will call you to discuss options for your current needs - either by phone or possibly secure video - so that you will not need to come in person. Staff will explain how telephone and telehealth visits work.

* If you have an appointment by phone or telehealth, your information will be secure and private, just as with an in-person visit.

* We will remain open for emergencies, and to provide scheduled injections.

*If you are not sure when your next appointment is, or have general questions, please CALL AND TALK TO STAFF, DO NOT COME TO THE CENTER.

*Our Assessment Mobile Crisis/CCRI Team staff will continue to respond to crises in the community. To reach your local team, call (833) 364-2274.

*Remember, these are precautions to help limit patient and staff exposure to the Coronavirus in our community. We must all do our part to keep our families, friends, and neighbors safe and healthy.

INPATIENT VISITATION:
Following guidance from the Centers from Disease Control, SC Department of Health and Environmental Control, and SCDMH’s Division of Inpatient Services’ COVID-19 Task Force, SCDMH is restricting visitation at all inpatient facilities until further notice, effective Friday, March 13. Each facility has information about possible exceptions, etc., pinned on its page:

CM Tucker Nursing Care Center
G. Werber Bryan Psychiatric Hospital
Patrick B. Harris Psychiatric Hospital
William S. Hall Child and Adolescent Services at Bryan Psychiatric Hospital
Morris Village Alcohol & Drug Treatment Center

For questions and information about Veterans Victory House and Richard M. Campbell Veterans Nursing Home, please call the facilities directly:
Richard M Campbell - (864) 261-6734
Veterans Victory House - (843) 538-3000

Safety Disclaimer & Emergencies

Safety and Clinical Disclaimer: Information contained on these pages is NOT intended as treatment advice. MENTAL HEALTH EMERGENCIES ***If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health emergency, we encourage you to reach out, IMMEDIATELY: • Call our Assessment Mobile Crisis Team at (843) 414-2350. • Call 911 • Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline,toll free: 1 (800) 273-TALK ABOUT US Charleston Dorchester MHC, one of the South Carolina Department of Mental Health’s 16 community mental health centers, provides mental health services to the residents of Charleston and Dorchester counties. The Center’s talented team of psychiatrists, mental health counselors, nurses, case managers, and administrative staff who are passionate about helping people. We believe in the importance of mental health as a major factor in contributing to your quality of life, and we provide affordable healthcare regardless of your financial situation. The Charleston-Dorchester Mental Health Center is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF International).

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