We’re Hiring!

The Federation of Families of South Carolina is seeking a full-time Staff Support position to assist the director with bookkeeping, data collection, and reporting of state and federal grants. This position will be based in the St. Andrews area of Columbia. Please send resumes to jenah.cason@fedfamsc.org.

Please follow the link below for the full job description.

Staff Support

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We’re Hiring!

The Federation of Families of SC is hiring new staff! Please click on each link to learn more. Please send all resumes to jenah.cason@fedfamsc.org.

Regional Positions
Regional Youth Specialists (3 positions- Charleston, Florence and Greenville-one per region)

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Check out these events!

May 1-7, 2016 is Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week!

The Federation of Families of SC will be holding its annual Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day Rally at the Capitol (North steps) at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, May 4th. We hope you will join us in raising awareness around the importance of children’s mental health! Get the flyer.

Awareness Week Poster Art Contest 

Every year, an art contest is held to select art work for the Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week Poster. This year’s theme is “I Matter; You Matter.” There will be a $100 prize for the winning art work, $50 for second place and $25 for third place. Submissions due April 8th! Learn more about how to enter.


Living Better Today for a Brighter Tomorrow  

The Federation’s annual family and youth conference will be April 15th-16th at White Oak Conference Center. A limited number of scholarships are still available. Read the criteria to attend.

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September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

Suicide is the third leading cause of death among youth aged 15-24. Visit the link below to learn how the National Alliance on Mental Health is helping to start a conversation that could save the lives of those who may be struggling with depression or suicidal thoughts as well as ways you can help shatter the stigma of mental health.

Visit NAMI

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Save the date for our Town Hall Meeting!

We are pleased to announce that we are partnering with Pastor Norman E. Curlee, Spiritual Leader of Kingdom Builders Christian Center to host a town hall meeting on underage drinking. We invite all family members and youth to join our panel of experts as we come together to discuss strategies to prevent underage drinking and how to protect our community from this growing epidemic. This informative meeting will be held Sunday, September 25th at 6pm-8pm at Kingdom Builders Christian Center in Columbia. For more information, please call us at
803-772-5210 or toll free 866-779-0402.

Visit the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism to learn the dangers and warning signs of underage drinking.
Visit NIAA


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Remembering a Student with a Brain Disease

14 years ago, a very talented and gifted student of mine completed suicide on September 4th, as a result of developing schizophrenia as a teenager. I think of him often, but even more so as the season changes from summer to fall. Brain disease is an illness that few want to acknowledge but many are impacted by, either knowingly or unknowingly.
His life was stolen from him by this dreaded disease. He had a beautiful spirit and an engaging smile. He had many dreams and ambitions that he did not get to actualize.  It is his spirit that guides and motivates me in the work that I do here at the Federation of Families.

So as I remember this young man who tried his best to live with this brain disease, I encourage all to be supportive and understanding and to educate oneself about brain diseases. People are not their disease and behavior is not the illness.  According to the Schizophrenia and Related Disorders Alliance of America, “Behavior is NOT the illness; rather a response to symptoms of Schizophrenia such as: hallucinations, delusions, anosognosia  , disorganized thinking, confusion, paranoia, and anhedonia.”

The National Institutes of Health has recently embarked on a landmark study that will follow the biological and behavioral development of more than 10,000 children beginning at ages 9-10 through adolescence into early adulthood. “We know the brain is still developing well into the mid-20s, making it vulnerable to a host of influences,” said NIH Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D.  “With several NIH institutes and centers working together on this important study, we will be able to learn how a variety of biological events and environmental exposures affect brain development, giving us greater insight into what helps adolescents traverse that potentially tumultuous time to become healthy and productive adults.” It is hoped that the findings of this study will reveal protective factors to prevent the development of brain diseases such as schizophrenia.

Read more: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/news/science-news/2016/recruitment-begins-for-landmark-study-of-adolescent-brain-development.shtml

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