“Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies #MindYourHealth”

It is important to remember that good mental health is essential to everyone’s overall health and well-being, and mental illnesses are common and treatable. So much of what we do physically impacts us mentally. That is why Aiken Barnwell Mental Health Center has partnered with Gold’s Gym- Aiken and North Augusta and this year’s theme for Mental Health Awareness Month “Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies #MindYourHealth” is a call to pay attention to both your physical health and your mental health, which can help achieve overall wellness and set you on a path to recovery. We are focused on how a healthy lifestyle may help prevent the onset or worsening of mental health conditions as well as heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and other chronic health problems. It can also help people recover from these conditions. Mitch Hearne, General Manager at Gold’s Gym Aiken and North Augusta said, “Gold’s Gym is pleased to partner with Aiken Barnwell Mental Health Center to promote awareness of good mental and physical health.”  Dr. Greg Smith, Chief of Psychiatric Services/ABMHC offered the following tips, “Getting the appropriate amount of exercise, eating healthy foods, getting enough sleep and managing stress can go a long way in improving your physical and mental health.”

On May 1 at 7pm, Aiken County Council will sign a proclamation designating May as Mental Health Awareness Month. On May 2 at 10:00am, Mayor Osbon will sign a proclamation designating May as Mental Health Awareness Month. ABMHC and Gold’s Gym will host the following events and invite the community to drop in to meet staff members, obtain information about mental health and take a tour of the gym.

May 14, 2018, 5-7pm, Gold’s Gym, 101 Edgewood Dr, North Augusta SC

May 15, 2018, 11:30-1:30pm, Aiken-Barnwell Mental Health Center, 1135 Gregg Hwy, Aiken, SC Health Fair

May 16, 2018, 9-11am, Gold’s Gym, 101 Corporate Parkway, Aiken, SC

**Free Blood Pressure Screenings

Aiken-Barnwell Mental Health Center will also offer free bulletin inserts to faith based organizations wishing to share information about mental health with their congregation.

If you or someone you know is in need of mental health treatment, please contact Aiken Barnwell MHC at 803-641-7700 for assistance. Aiken Barnwell Mental Health Center (ABMHC) is a Community Mental Health Center operating under the South Carolina Department of Mental Health. The Center aspires to be the premier provider of behavioral health services to support the recovery of families, adults and children living in Aiken and Barnwell counties. Learn more about mental illness and ABMHC at www.state.sc.us/dmh/ab/

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 30, 2018
CONTACTS:
Tamara Smith- Tamara.Smith@scdmh.org  803-508-7862
Rick Acton- Rick.Acton@scdmh.org 803-508-7819
Aiken Barnwell Mental Health Center, 1135 Gregg Hwy, Aiken SC 29801