mental health

EBCC hosts mental health first aid training

The East Biloxi Community collaborative partnered with the Mental Health Association of South Mississippi to host their second mental health first aid training. This event gave community members free training on how to recognize mental health symptoms and how to…

Federal attorneys say Mississippi must expand mental health services

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Department of Justice says a federal judge should order Mississippi to expand community-based mental health services. Department attorneys filed documents with an expansion plan as part of the long-running litigation between the federal government and…

Mental health professionals seeing an increase in people considering suicide

COLUMBUS, MISS. (WCBI) – Mental health counselors say the effects of the Coronavirus are far-reaching. That’s why it’s important to know what to do if you or someone you know is struggling with depression or suicidal thoughts. And one phone call could potentially save a life. “So now you are dealing with all this pain […]

September is National Suicide Prevention Month

According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. In order to bring awareness to the issue, the month of September is recognized as National Suicide Prevention Month. It’s…

Raising awareness and money for mental health care

No matter what type of job you have, no worker is immune to the far-reaching and added stress of COVID-19 concerns and mandates. The work place can be stressful during normal times, but add the pressures during these days of…

Gulfport Behavioral Health System offering new services

Gulfport Behavioral Health System is expanding its inpatient and outpatient services with refinement of its addiction therapy that has a new gambling addiction track and the addition of a mental health trauma track. The addition of a specific gambling addiction…

State mental health resources and strategies

In his daily press conference today, Governor Tate Reeves discussed the state’s strategy to continue flattening the curve as well as mental health resources for this ongoing crisis. Governor Reeves was joined by state mental health professionals today to talk…

Covid-19 impacts on mental health

May is ‘Mental Health Awareness Month’ and now more than ever there is a renewed emphasis on the state of mental health in Mississippi. Licensed psychologist Dr. David Gavel with Southern Behavioral Medicine Associates says the onset of the COVID-19…

Checking in on your mental health during times of uncertainty

As local residents continue to stay home and practice social distancing, many are trying to mentally adjust to the several quick lifestyle changes that may come with it. Since the Coronavirus outbreak in Mississippi, Gulfport Behavioral Health System has seen…

Dealing with holiday stress

Holidays are supposed to be a time of joy and celebration, but for so many people they are anything but. Depression occurs any time of the year, but the stress and anxiety during the month of December can cause even…

National Depression Awareness Month

Despite how it might feel to those experiencing it, it is always important to understand the true meaning of depression. October is ‘National Depression Awareness Month.’ Here to tell us symptoms and risk factors when dealing with the illness is…

Local resources for dealing with a mental health crisis

According to the CDC, suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the United States for all ages. Here in Mississippi, we rank 39th in the country for suicide rates. September is ‘National Suicide Prevention Month.’ Kay Daneault has…

Jim Hood Weighs in on Mental Health Issues in Mississippi

Attorney General and Mississippi’s Democratic candidate in the upcoming race for governor, Jim Hood, weighed in on the matter of mental health. His comment: "Since February 2013, I have been warning the Legislature about the underfunding of community mental health…

Changes to Mississippi’s mental health systems

A federal judge is taking charge of Mississippi’s mental health system, saying the federal government has proved the state isn’t doing enough to serve its residents. The Justice Department argued during a month-long trial that Mississippi’s movement toward community services…

Fight continues to keep mental health services

As the Mental Health Association of South Mississippi continues to fight to keep vital services available to the Coast, last month’s ‘Don’t Worry, Be Happy’ fundraiser helped in the efforts tremendously. According to Executive Director Kay Daneault, an anonymous donor…

Beating back to school anxiety

It’s that time of year again and kids may not want to hear it, but the start of the school year is just around the corner. News 25 has some tips to make that transition back to class a little…