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AFSP South Carolina

The work we do focuses on eliminating the loss of life from suicide by: delivering innovative prevention programs, educating the public, raising funds for suicide research and programs, and reaching out to those who have lost someone to suicide.

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About the AFSP South Carolina Chapter

The grassroots work we do focuses on eliminating the loss of life from suicide by: delivering innovative prevention programs, educating the public about risk factors and warning signs, raising funds for suicide research and programs, and reaching out to those individuals who have lost someone to suicide.

As a part of AFSP’s growing nationwide network of chapters, we bring together people from all backgrounds who want to prevent suicide in our communities. Families and friends who have lost someone to suicide, vulnerable individuals, mental health professionals, clergy, educators, students, community/business leaders, and many others energize our chapter.

No matter how challenging the times, you are not alone in South Carolina. The South Carolina Department of Mental Health (SC DMH) and the South Carolina Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services (DAODAS) has partnered with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) to provide the Interactive Screening Program - a safe and easy service that allows individuals to anonymously take a Self-Check Questionnaire and connect with a professional counselor in the State of South Carolina who can provide guidance, support, and resources for mental health and addiction services. This service is available to all residents of South Carolina 18 years of age or older. Visit hope.connectsyou.org to get started.

The South Carolina Chapter Board of Directors for 2021

Eileen Schell,  Chair

Peter Warren, Ph. D., Board President

Jenny Morales, Treasurer

Lisa Pappas, Secretary

Chris Allen

Anita Baker

Allyson Sipes, Psy. D.

Regina Creech, M.S., CHES

Eric Kirkland 

Gianella Quiñones, MMFT, LAMFT

Chapter contact:

John Tjaarda
South Carolina Area Director
[email protected]
(803) 528-4315

Upcoming events

It’s Real

It’s Real is a documentary featuring the stories of six college students from across the country.

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Talk Saves Lives TM

Talk Saves Lives: An Introduction to Suicide Prevention is a community-based presentation that covers the general scope of suicide, the research on prevention, and what people can do to fight suicide.

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Healing Conversations:
Personal Support for Survivors of Suicide Loss

Healing Conversations gives survivors of suicide loss the opportunity to speak with volunteers, who are themselves loss survivors.

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