Opening Night of “Get Psyched with MTC 2019” is Friday, Feb. 1, 2019 at 7 p.m.

Award-winning photojournalist Michael Nye on hand to discuss his photo exhibit on mental illness

(Columbia, S.C.) Midlands Technical College (MTC) will host “Get Psyched with MTC 2019” February 1-13, 2019 on the Airport Campus. Coinciding with African-American History Month, the two-week event features an acclaimed photo exhibit and more than 20 free mental health workshops and events, several of which relate to mental health awareness in the African-American community.

In 2017, MTC hosted the I am Psyched! National Tour that originated at Howard University in Washington, D.C. MTC was the first college in South Carolina and the first two-year college nationwide to host the tour that explored the incredible contributions of women of color to psychology. Almost 500 students and community members attended that exhibit.

This year’s conference will feature award-winning photo-journalist Michael Nye’s documentary Fine Line: Mental Health/Mental Illness. This multimedia exhibit is named to honor those who struggle to cross the fine line from mental illness to health. The exhibit is free and open to the public during the conference on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Mary Robertson Conference Hall at the Airport Campus.

WHAT: “Get Psyched with MTC 2019” Conference Opening Night/President’s Reception

WHEN: Friday, February 1 at 7 p.m.*

WHERE: Academic Center 116 (Auditorium) MTC Airport Campus

1260 Lexington Dr., West Columbia, SC 29170

*Note: Michael Nye, the photo-exhibit documentarian, will be available to the members of the media at 6:30 p.m. preceding the President’s Reception.

“Get Psyched with MTC 2019” will also include three separate tracks of interdisciplinary workshops and seminars. The Mental Health Today Track will examine various topics that relate to mental health in society today. The Healthy Minds Track will explore specific areas of mental health including particular diagnoses and treatment. Finally, the Taking Action Track will provide various training opportunities for students, professionals, and everyone in the community regarding mental health issues.

The conference subject matter can benefit members of the community ranging from mental-health practitioners to caregivers, students, and the general public.

You can register and view the conference brochure and agenda at

This project is funded in part by SC Humanities, a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

About Midlands Technical College

Midlands Technical College (MTC) is a non-profit, six-campus, two-year public college serving Richland, Lexington, and Fairfield counties in South Carolina. MTC enrolls approximately 14,000 credit students annually making it the sixth-largest provider of higher education in South Carolina and one of the largest providers of transfer students to the University of South Carolina. The Corporate and Continuing Education (CCE) program is one of the largest and most comprehensive in the Southeast, with approximately 13,000 students and provides training to hundreds of area businesses each year. MIDLANDSTECH.EDU

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