Mental Health America of Beaufort/Jasper and the Island House program have received a grant from the Town of Hilton Head Island to provide counseling support to island residents who have experienced emotional symptoms related to the COVID-19 pandemic in the community.

Mental health issues such as anxiety, depression and increased substance use are difficult to identify, screen and treat under any circumstances.

Navigation through the pandemic has complicated this exponentially. Non-medical effects include isolation, lost income and normal routine, and worry about the illness.

The Island House program offers licensed therapeutic services designed to enhance, restore, and-or strengthen skills needed to promote and sustain independence and stability within the person’s living, learning, social and work environments.

The agency’s counselors and facilitators have adapted safety measures and curriculum aspects to respond to the consequences of the current pandemic.

The grant supports a free scholarship service for low to moderate income Hilton Head Island residents. Participants can join the regular Island House program in Bluffton, or trained staff can see consumers in a prior arranged community space, through video chat, or by telephone.

The mobile staff have all received the vaccine.

For more information, contact Steve Maglione, executive director, at 843-757-3900 or mhaislandhouse@gmail.com. Services are available immediately.