Guiding Motivating Challenging
J. Heath Whatley, LMSW License #12124
School Based Social Worker & Therapist
This is Heath's second year at GMC while earning his doctorate in Social Work at Tulane University. Heath has worked in adult, adolescent, and family mental health for 10 years with specialization in severe mental illnesses, play therapy, and suicide prevention. Heath began working in mental health as a non-commissioned officer in the Marine Corps providing suicide prevention services. Heath is licensed to practice therapy in South Carolina and earned his Master’s in Social Work at the University of Southern California. Heath graduated from the Defense Language Institute with fluency in Modern Standard, Levantine, and Iraqi Arabic. He also graduated from Winthrop University with Honors earning a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy. If not working or studying, you can find Heath with his family, hiking, kayaking, or practicing for parkour and ninja competitions.
If you or someone you know is in a mental health crisis or thinking about suicide, call 988 for immediate support.
Community Services and Resources
The Upstate Community has many community services and resources available to teens and their families to assist in addressing their mental, emotional and physical needs. Some of the organizations and agencies that provide these types of assistance are:
- Teen Crisis Hotline: call (864) 271-8888 or text TEENline to 839863
- Crisis Hotline Call (864) 271-8888 or text HOPE4SC to 741741
- DHEC Care Line
- Mental Health America
- United Way of Greenville
- Safe Harbor
- Just Say Something
- Julie Valentine
- Phoenix Center
- Finding Addiction Treatment
- What are Opiods?
- Directory of Services for Women and Families