Eubanks highlights opening of peer-support mental health ‘living room’

By Bob Montgomery

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A crowd listens as Ray Eubanks, left, speaks during an open house for the Living Room, a mental health peer support center in Spartanburg. The Ray C. Eubanks Jr. Support Center is named after the retired probate judge.

Retired Judge Ray C. Eubanks stood tall Thursday, shaking hands and thanking those who made Spartanburg’s new mental health peer-support “living room” possible.

It was the grand opening of the Ray C. Eubanks Jr. Support Center at the former Access Health facility on Serpentine Drive.

“This was a complete surprise to me,” Eubanks said of the center being named in his honor. “This is a beautiful place. It’s so meaningful to be situated where it is.”

The living room is a place where mental health patients can go relax and talk with peer counselors — those who have been through addiction and mental health issues of their own.

The facility is located near the Spartanburg Medical Center emergency room, where until now some patients feeling a crisis coming on ended up — either there or in jail.


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