Mental Health

  Calls to suicide and crisis hotlines increase during pandemic

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and calls for help for mental health assistance are rising at record levels.

  Universal Health Services conducts a survey calculating COVID-19 related mental issues

  Tips to maintain mental health while working from home

  LSU student creates mental health hotline to combat stigmas in Black communities

  July 17: ‘Don’t Worry, Be Happy’ annual fundraiser set to take place virtually

  Local photographer is changing lives, one photo at a time

  USM Psychology Clinic offering telehealth support for healthcare workers

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  Americans increasingly reaching out for mental health help during coronavirus pandemic

  Mental Health Association of South Mississippi delivers meals, house cleaning items

  Psychologist offers tips on how to deal with coronavirus anxiety

  Gulfport Behavioral Health System opens Stress and Anxiety Hotline during COVID-19 pandemic

How to maintain your mental health during the pandemic

Importance of mental health during coronavirus crisis

  Gulfport Behavioral Health re-opens parts of facility with increased focus on patient safety

Gulfport Behavioral Health System is re-opening parts of its facility after multi-million dollar renovations that focus primarily on patient safety.

SU Law Center launches mental health app for students

The Southern University Law Center (SULC) has launched a mental health app for students called META. The teletherapy app offers mobile counseling services to students so they can gain easy access to mental health providers.

  Options explored to keep mental health centers open

Leaders in Harrison, Hancock and Stone counties are scrambling to keep mental health centers operating.

  Homeless to Housing Hub assisting those in need

It’s called the Homeless to Housing Hub, and area leaders said it’s been successful in helping to decrease the number of homeless people in South Mississippi.

  Law enforcement officers receive crisis intervention training

Chief Justice Randolph wants to add mental heath and veteran courts to state system

Outgoing MDHS Executive Director writes editorial addressing impacts of violence and trauma for children

  Depression and anxiety can feel worse during the holidays

  How to deal with Seasonal Affective Disorder

  Homeless to Housing Hub working to provide long-term housing to Coast homeless

  Social Studies: The digital world and the toll on our children

A study suggests that teenagers who spend more than three hours a day on social media are more likely to develop depression, anxiety, aggression, and antisocial behavior.

  UMMC opens Mississippi’s first primary care clinic for the LGBTQ community

Health care professionals say it's a safe place for patients to bring specific needs, all within a judgement free zone.

  Mental Health Week raises awareness, promotes importance of seeking help

Almost half of adults in this country will experience a mental illness during their lifetime.

  Rally for Recovery offers resources to those trying to beat addiction

The point of Ocean Spring's Rally for Recovery was to give those suffering from addiction or other struggles a way to access help and additional resources on their road to recovery.

  World Suicide Prevention Day: Department of Mental Health aims to ‘shatter the silence’ on suicide

Tuesday, September 10, was Suicide Prevention Day.

Advocacy group supports federal judge’s ruling on mental health in Mississippi

An advocacy group says Mississippi has had plenty of time to make changes to provide adequate care for those who need mental health services. They are supporting a federal judge's ruling calling for oversight and guidance.

Federal judge intervenes in Mississippi mental health system

In a ruling late Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves said he wants to appoint an outsider to oversee changes.

Harrison County supervisors discuss mental health dilemma

The Gulf Coast Mental Health Center was a heated topic of conversation at this week’s Harrison County Board of Supervisors meeting.

  Back to school session teaches parents about stressing less and social media management

The session will be at Westminster Presbyterian Church from 5 p.m. until 6 p.m.

  AMA President discusses push for more mental health services in Mississippi

The President of the American Medical Association talks exclusively about mental health needs across the country especially for children.

Heavy social media use may hurt teens’ mental health, study says

The study suggests social media use may harm the mental health of teenagers by increasing their exposure to bullying.

Hurricane prep should include mental health services, experts say

Mental health experts and community leaders are hosting a free seminar at the Corpus Christi Community Center on Friday (Aug. 9), to discuss ways to better prepared before a storm.

  Counties, state working together to keep Gulf Coast Mental Health open

Supervisors in four South Mississippi counties are working together to keep mental health services available.

Harrison Co. supervisors ‘have no intention of allowing Gulf Coast Mental Health Center to close’

The Harrison County board of supervisors released a statement Monday saying they have no intention of allowing the center to close.

  ‘Don’t Worry, Be Happy’ event raises thousands towards affordable mental health services

The Mental Health Association of South Mississippi (MHA) raised thousands of dollars at their Don’t Worry, Be Happy event Friday.

  Health professionals respond to Gulfport Mental Health Center’s possible closure

The Gulf Coast Mental Health Center could shut its doors next month due to a lack of funding. On Thursday, law enforcement and county officials met with the center’s leadership to learn more about the issue.

Gulf Coast Mental Health Center to close its doors at clinics in four South Mississippi counties

A multi-county mental health provider in South Mississippi will shut its doors next month due to a lack of funding.

Get outside: It’s the best way to reduce stress, study says

Researchers say we can reduce stress levels and improve our mental health by spending 20-30 minutes outside each day.

Judge gets challenge to Mississippi mental health system

The U.S. Justice Department urged U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves to order changes in closing arguments Monday, following a month-long trial.

Mental health funding a topic for Harrison County supervisors

Every day people at the Mental Health Association of South Mississippi are working to raise awareness and combat the stigma of mental health.

Schools reckon with social stress: ‘I’m on my phone so much’

For one class period, students used a whiteboard to tally, in real time, every Snapchat, Instagram, text, call or other notification that popped up. Students were told not to respond to avoid generating replies ... and further notifications.

  Coast woman aims to raise awareness, break stigma of mental illness

At Energy Club in Long Beach, the focus is typically on physical health. On Saturday, it was also a place to learn about mental health.

  Summit focuses on removing stigma surrounding children’s mental health

Too often the warning signs were there; hints of a mental health issue which are mentioned after a tragedy.

  First ever integrative health clinic opens in Mississippi

A team of medical professionals are using a more holistic approach to improve your quality of life.

Gulfport Behavioral Health Systems hosts seminars during National Mental Health Month

The Gulfport Behavioral Health System is holding a series of seminars for families on the Gulf Coast.

  Number of juveniles going to ER for suicidal thoughts and suicide attempts doubles, new study finds

A new study shows the number of children and teens in the U.S. who visited emergency rooms for suicidal thoughts and suicide attempts doubled between 2007 and 2015.

Too much screen time harming your teen’s mental health? New study casts doubt

Screen time, even before bed, has little impact on teen well-being, a new study says.

  ADHD patients on amphetamines like Adderall might be at greater risk of psychosis, research finds

While the overall risk for psychosis is very low, more than twice the amount of patients in an amphetamine group in the study were affected by psychosis compared to those in a methylphenidate group.

  The importance of mental health training for law enforcement officers

The importance of mental health training in law enforcement

  Advocates gather for Mental Health and Wellness Day at State Capitol

The National Alliance on Mental Illness organized the event and partnered with advocacy groups and state agencies across the Magnolia state.