Embrace the Pause: Heathwood Celebrates World Mental Health Day

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

World Mental Health Day is observed on October 10 every year, with the overall objective of raising awareness of mental health issues around the globe. On Tuesday, Oct. 13, we encouraged everyone on campus to find 5 different times during the day to pause and breathe, think, meditate, or pray. Embracing moments of stillness and reflection is a form of self-care, and sometimes we all need a little nudge every once in a while to take care of ourselves.

We gave all students, faculty, and staff these instructions: "Each time you pause during the day (either on your own or with a  on Tuesday, sign your initials on one of the pause buttons on this card. If you 'embrace the pause' at least 5 times, sign your name on your card and return it to Mrs. Gross by the end of the day on Wednesday, Oct. 14 to be entered into a drawing for prizes."

World Mental Health Day also serves as a reminder that many people will experience mental health issues at some point in their lives, and those issues may be heightened by the challenges of the current pandemic. If you or someone you know is struggling with feelings of depression, anxiety, or other mental health challenges, there are many resources available to help you. You will find the contact information for on-campus and community resources below. It’s always okay to ask for help!


School Counselors:

Mrs. Jenny Holder: jholder@heathwood.org, (803)231-7759

Mrs. Stacy Gross: sgross@heathwood.org (803) 231-7767

Mrs. Elizabeth Grove: egrove@heathwood.org (803) 231-7781

School Chaplain:

Rev. Jill Williams: jwilliams@heathwood.org (803) 231-7750

School Nurses:

Mrs. Kristin Cartin: kcartin@heathwood.org, (803) 231-7728

Mrs. Deb McDonald: dmcdonald@heathwood.org, (803) 629-2106


Community Resources:

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAIMI): https://namisc.org/

South Carolina Department of Mental Health (SCDMH): https://scdmh.net/

Columbia Area Mental Health Center: (803) 898-4800



Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): 1-800-662-HELP (4357)

National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)--online live chats also available