Why Green?

In the 1800s the color green was used to brand people who were labeled “insane.” The children’s mental health community decided to continue using the color green, but with a completely different focus. Green signifies new life, new growth, and new beginnings. Therefore, we wear the green ribbon to raise public awareness, better the lives of children with serious emotional disorders and show our support of these children and their families.




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Finding Help, Finding Hope

This year’s theme, “Finding Help-Finding Hope” explores how communities can improve access to behavioral health services and supports for children, youth, and young adults with mental and substance use disorders and their families. The struggles a child with mental health issues face daily become the struggles of his or her parents, caregivers, teachers, siblings, grandparents, friends, etc. Some days, it’s tempting for everyone to ignore the situation or even retreat to bed or the bathtub with a good book!

But, there is help for every child—and hope for every child. Through collaborative efforts between schools, local service agencies, mental health providers and families, each child and youth can find the right treatments, the right school placements and the right blend of activities to help him or her lead an active, fulfilling life.


When to Seek Help

Parents and family members are usually the first to notice if a child has problems with emotions or behavior. Your observations, along with those of teachers and other caregivers, may lead you to seek help for your child. If you suspect a problem or have questions, consult your pediatrician or contact a mental health professional.

The following signs may indicate the need for professional assistance or evaluation:

decline in school performance

poor grades despite strong efforts

regular worry or anxiety

repeated refusal to go to school or take part in normal children’s activities

rapidly changing mood swings

sleeping too much or too little

feelings of worthlessness

recurring thoughts of suicide or death

persistent nightmares

persistent disobedience or aggression

frequent temper tantrums

depression, sadness or irritability

hyperactivity or fidgeting

Where to Seek Help

Information and referrals regarding the types of services that are

available for children may be obtained from:

  • Federation of Families of South Carolina: (866) 779-0402 or(803) 772-5210
  • www.fedfamsc.org
  • Child’s pediatrician or school counselor
  • Your Community Mental Health Center www.scdmh.org





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Leadership Training Coming in May

R.E.A.L. Leadership

Results Realized

   Effective Behaviors

      Authentic Relationships
            Lifelong Learning             

                                            L E A D E R S H I P      

The Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health of South Carolina is providing a free Leadership Training that will help you become a stronger advocate, learn skills to provide support to other parents*, organize a parent support network in your community, and learn ways to de-stress.  The training will be held in Columbia, May 21, 2016.

 Become a leader and help others as you help yourself!

 There is no cost to attend, but registration is required. 

  • (Parent is defined as anyone who has guardianship over a child or youth and includes foster parents, grandparents stepparents, and others who play a significant role in a child or youth’s life)
  • Call 803-772-5210 to register or email pheobe.malloy@fedfamsc.org.

Seating is limited.


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