Gateway leaders connect with upstate mental health professionals to better serve community members

GREENVILLE, SC (WSPA) — Gateway in Greenville helps adults living with mental illness find opportunities and pathways to success.

“It gives them the opportunity to have a place where they feel valued, needed and expected every day,” said executive director Randy Redlinger.

Redlinger said Gateway is a mental health rehabilitation program, and through its clubhouse, members can find work opportunities and a sense of acceptance.

“Unfortunately, people with mental illness tend to be isolated and don’t know how to connect with their community. The clubhouse helps provide that connection,” Redlinger said.

Upstate mental health professionals and groups peeked inside on Thursday, learning about the Gateway and its efforts to help the community.

Ciera young, Mental Health Counselor, Recycled Energy Mental Health Service

“It gives people hope, life and opportunity outside of their mental health diagnosis,” said Ciera Young, mental health counselor at the Recycled Energy Mental Health Service. “I often say you have to go beyond the white couch, so outside of therapy and help for your mental health issues, there is still life.”

Redlinger said sharing their mission can help connect more people to Gateway and its resources.

“It helps these groups understand who we are as a clubhouse and the services we provide and also to share what the referral process is,” Redlinger said.

Leaders also said there is no waiting list to join and they add about five new members every month.

“Being able to have spots available now really sends the message that they’re advocating, they’re providing resources,” Young said.

Leaders hope connecting with other professionals will help support more people upstate.

“There are a lot of resources that are available within our community and partnering with other organizations I think is going to help our community be successful,” Redlinger said.

People 18 and older living with a serious mental illness such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, schizoaffective disorder or major depression can become members of Gateway. People can learn more about How to register on line. Redlinger said he has served nearly 1,500 people since Gatway’s inception in 1984.

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