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 statewide Crisis Response dispatcher, 24/7/365 toll free: 1 (833) 364-2274.
• Call 911
• Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline,toll free: 1 (800) 273-TALK
Aiken-Barnwell Mental Health Center (ABMHC) is one of the South Carolina Department of Mental Health’s 16 community mental health centers, providing mental health services to adults, children and their families in Aiken and Barnwell counties.
ABMHC is committed to providing quality mental health services, and has a talented team of psychiatrists, mental health counselors, nurses, case-managers, administrative, and support staff who are passionate about helping people.
Aiken Barnwell Mental Health Center has provided mental health services to the residents of Aiken & Barnwell counties since July 1, 1965, and is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF International).
Respect for the Individual - Each person who receives our services will be treated with respect and dignity, and will be a partner in achieving recovery. We commit ourselves to services that:
Honor the rights, wishes, and needs of each individual;
Promote each individual’s quality of life;
Focus on each individual’s strengths in the context of his or her own culture;
Focus independence and recovery;
Demonstrate the value of family inclusion and the benefits of strong family support.
Support for Local Care - We believe people are best served in or near their own homes or the community of their choice. We commit to the availability of a full and flexible array of coordinated services in every community across the state, and to services that are provided in a healthy environment. We believe in services that build upon critical local supports: family, friends, faith communities, healthcare providers, and other community services that offer employment, learning, leisure pursuits, and other human or clinical supports.
Commitment to Quality - We will be an agency worthy of the highest level of public trust. We will provide treatment environments that are safe and therapeutic, and work environments that inspire and promote innovation and creativity. We will hire, train, support and retain staff who are culturally and linguistically competent, who are committed to the recovery philosophy, and who value continuous learning and research. We will provide services efficiently and effectively, and will strive always to provide interventions that are scientifically proven to support recovery.
Dedication to improved public awareness and knowledge - We believe that people with mental illnesses, trauma victims, and others who experience severe emotional distress, are often the object of misunderstanding and stigmatizing attitudes. Therefore, we will build formal partnerships with the state's educational leadership and institutions, including both K-12 and institutions of higher learning, to enhance curriculum content on mental health. We will work with employers, sister agencies, and public media to combat prejudice born of ignorance about mental illnesses. In addition, we will expect our own staff to be leaders in the anti-stigma campaign.