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The National Alliance on Mental Illness announces a new initiative to spread mental health awareness in local school communities.


Columbia, SC — The National Alliance on Mental Illness - South Carolina’s Ending the Silence Team announces a new initiative to spread mental health awareness in local school communities. NAMI SC has developed a mental health awareness night to be hosted at middle and high school football games. The slogan for the night is “Go Lime Green: Mental Health Matters,” and will be hosted at various home games during the Fall 2021. They are doing this in partnership with the Hayden Hurst Family Foundation, Same Here Global, Hilinski's Hope Foundation, and the United Way of Pickens County,

Each game will feature a short PSA to be played before or during the game, in which former Gamecock Hayden Hurst, current tight end for the Atlanta Falcons, and former University of South Carolina quarterback Ryan Hilinski will share their personal stories, current statistics and encouragement to normalize talking about mental health. They’ll also give a call to action directing families to a flyer with information on how to attend one of NAMI’s free Ending the Silence presentations, which will educate community members even more about how to support their students’ mental health.

Each game will also feature a table manned by NAMI representatives who can talk to people about support groups and local resources, with a banner for students to sign, giveaways, handouts, bracelets, magnets, etc.

According to studies released regarding the 2020-21 school year, 7 out of 10 of our students said they’re experiencing some kind of trouble with their mental health. 67% are pretending they’re doing better than they actually are because they don’t want to worry anyone. 79% said they wish there was a safer place to talk about their mental health at school. These statistics are especially concerning considering suicide is the leading cause of death for SC residents age 10-14, and is the second leading cause of death in the United States for individuals ages 10-24.

NAMI South Carolina’s Ending the Silence team believes that we all have mental health, that we all struggle sometimes, and that tools and coping skills are available to help us deal with anything from stress to a mental health condition. Accordingly, the goal of “Go Lime Green: Mental Health Matters” is to start conversations and normalize talking about mental health in our community, especially considering that September is National Suicide Prevention Month. 

Locally, “Go Lime Green: Mental Health Matters” will be happening at the following games:

8/27/21  Berea at Liberty, 124 Red Devil Dr, Liberty

9/3/21    Palmetto at BHP, 11000 Belton Honea Path Hwy, Honea Path

9/3/21    Seneca at Easley, 154 Green Wave Blvd, Easley

9/10/21  Hart County at Crescent, 9104 SC-81 S, Iva 

9/10/21   Easley at Wren, 905 Wren School Rd, Piedmont

9/23/21   Wren Middle at Pickens Middle, 140 Torch Dr, Pickens

10/13/21 Gettys at Edwards, 140 Blue and Gold Blvd, Central (Daniel stadium)

More information and a schedule of all games hosting an awareness night can be found by visiting http://www.namisc.org/golimegreen. Questions can be directed to endingthesilence@namisc.org.