For many, March brings to mind both renewal and luck. We at Mental Health America of Greenville County are celebrating both this month! In fact, you are reading one of a number of projects we’ve begun at MHAGC aimed at renewal. We’ve retooled our agency newsletter and look forward to bringing you news, announcements, events, advocacy alerts, learning opportunities, and more on a regular basis. Welcome to the first issue of Mental Health Matters!
In this March 2023 issue, you’ll learn about the launch of our 988 website – 988sc.org – as well as the social media channels and news sources where you can tune in to what’s going on with 988 in our state. Advocacy for 988 and mental health services is a major focus for MHAGC this year. We continue to spread the message about the need for sustainable funding to staff our 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline call center and provide in-state response for more South Carolinians. We’ve provided you with resources and tools to make understanding the need and contacting your representatives easy!
As for the luck we celebrate this month, we know we could not do what we do without you. Understanding that no one person, group, agency, or program can solve all of the mental health challenges our community faces, we are revisiting the ways we reach out to and engage with you. We are lucky to have you, and we are committed to strengthening our connection and engagement with you this year. An update to our MHAGC membership program, which will feature new benefits and opportunities for individual, professional, civic, and corporate engagement with MHAGC, is a first effort toward that goal. This issue also features current volunteer opportunities and a few recent MHAGC program updates.
We are also diversifying our fundraising and fun-raising efforts this year. In fact, during the week of March 13-17, you can support MHAGC just by eating pizza! Could there be an easier and tastier way to pitch in? I think not.