News Releases

FY22 Suicide Prevention Plan Progress Report Now Available

The Mississippi Suicide Prevention Plan FY22 Progress Report is now available, providing updates on the work that has taken place from July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022. The Suicide Prevention Workgroup includes members from the Mississippi Department of Mental Health, the Mississippi Department of Education, the Mississippi Department of Public Safety, Community Mental Health […]

Suicide Prevention Month Ends, But Awareness Should Last All Year Long

The month of September is National Suicide Prevention Month, a time to recognize the warning signs and symptoms that indicate someone may be struggling with suicidal thoughts, and a time to spread the message of hope that things can and do get better and no one should hesitate to speak up and seek help for […]

FY22 Remedial Order Data Report Now Available

In September 2021, the Honorable Judge Carlton Reeves issued a Final Judgement and Remedial Order in the case of United States of America v. State of Mississippi (Cause No. 3:16-CV-622-CWR-FKB).  Paragraph 24 of the Remedial Order states that beginning with the end of Fiscal Year 2022, the Mississippi Department of Mental Health (DMH) will post […]

988 Study Commission to meet August 30

The first meeting of the Study Commission on the 988 Comprehensive Behavioral Health Crisis Response System will be held Tuesday, August 30 at 10 a.m., as a virtual meeting conducted through GoToMeeting. The meeting will be publicly accessible through the following link: https://meet.goto.com/900890549. The Study Commission was created as a result of HB 732 during […]

Register now for the 2022 Trauma Informed Care Conference, September 21-23

Registration is now open for the annual Mississippi Trauma-Informed Care Conference. With the theme of “Finding Hope in a Never Ending Storm,” this year’s conference will be a virtual event with seven keynotes and 26 different breakout sessions, taking place September 21 – 23, 2022. Keynotes and breakout sessions will encourage new coping strategies and […]

6th Annual Mississippi Suicide Prevention Symposium is September 27-28

Save the date for September 27-28, when the sixth annual Mississippi Suicide Prevention Symposium will be held as a virtual event in conjunction with the Mississippi Department of Mental Health and the Mississippi State University Department of Psychology. Continuing education will be available. More details and registration information will be available soon at www.mississippisuicidepreventionsymposium.com. If […]

988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline Launches July 16

New Number a Major Step in Transforming Crisis Care On July 16, 2022,  the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline will go live nationwide. In 2020, Congress designated the new 988 dialing code to operate through the existing National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. By calling or texting 988, or by chatting via the Lifeline website (https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/), anyone […]

Board of Mental Health Names Leadership Roles for FY23

July 1, 2022 (Jackson, Miss.) – The Mississippi Board of Mental Health has named new leadership roles for the state fiscal year that began July 1, 2022. Dr. Sampat Shivangi of Ridgeland has been named Chair and Stewart Rutledge of Oxford has been named Vice Chair. Shivangi was first appointed to the Board in 2009 […]

Notice of final adoption for DMH MYPAC Rules

The public comment period for the proposed DMH Mississippi Youth Programs Around the Clock (MYPAC) rules expired at the close of business on January 10, 2022.  Public comment received was considered in the development of the final MYPAC rules. (Please refer to the link below for additional information.) With permission from the Mississippi State Board […]

DMH Releases FY21 Suicide Prevention Plan Progress Report

The Mississippi Department of Mental Health (DMH) has released its FY21 Progress Report for the state’s Suicide Prevention Plan, a comprehensive document that lays out the goals and objectives the state is taking to fight death by suicide. The Suicide Prevention Plan includes three goals: Engage and empower Mississippians to help prevent suicide by increasing […]

DMH and MSDH Announce “Put Your Foot Down” Campaign to fight HIV/AIDS epidemic

June 9, 2021 – The Mississippi Department of Mental Health (DMH) and the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) have announced a new awareness campaign titled “Put Your Foot Down, Mississippi” to inspire Mississippians to join renewed efforts to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Mississippi. Contrary to public perception, HIV/AIDS is still a problem in […]

DMH Receives Additional Federal Funding for Mental Health and Substance Use Services

April 7, 2021 (Jackson, Miss.) – The Mississippi Department of Mental Health (DMH) has received additional one-time federal funding from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), totaling nearly $20.5 million in funding for mental health and substance use services. DMH has received $12,938,191 in funding for the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment […]

Mississippi Joins Multi-State Effort with the Governor’s Challenge to Prevent Suicide

April 6, 2021 (Jackson, Miss.) – Mississippi is pleased to be one of eight states accepted this year in the Governor’s Challenge to Prevention Suicide Among Service Members, Veterans, and their Families. This initiative is a partnership between the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the United States Department of Veterans Affairs […]

Mississippi Department of Mental Health Receives National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Grant

February 8, 2021 (Jackson, Miss.) – The Mississippi Department of Mental Health (DMH) today announces it is receiving $125,000 in funding toward planning for the implementation of a new national three-digit dialing code, 988, for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. The grant funds will be used to help Mississippi Lifeline call centers prepare for infrastructure […]

DMH Announces ‘Behind the Mask’ Campaign to Bring Services to More Mississippians During Pandemic

(Jackson, Miss.) – The Mississippi Department of Mental Health (DMH) announced today a new awareness campaign titled “Behind the Mask” to promote mental health services for Mississippians during the COVID-19 pandemic. The statewide campaign will be customized at the local level for Community Mental Health Centers and DMH Certified Providers. As the world continues to experience the negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, more individuals may find themselves experiencing increased stress. Fears about […]

FY20 Suicide Prevention Plan Progress Report Now Available

September 25, 2020 – DMH has released the FY20 update for the Mississippi Suicide Prevention Plan, providing a snapshot of the efforts taken to combat suicide in the state during the past fiscal year. The plan includes three goals: Engage and empower Mississippians to help prevent suicide by increasing awareness of suicide as a public […]

Fourth Annual Suicide Prevention Symposium is A Virtual Event on Sept. 29

September 10, 2020 (Jackson, Miss.) – During the September recognition of National Suicide Prevention Month, the Mississippi Department of Mental Health (DMH) is hosting its Fourth Annual Suicide Prevention Symposium. Scheduled for September 29, this year’s symposium will be a virtual event from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. with an overall topic of “Fitting Suicide […]

Healthcare Workers Feel Effects of COVID-19 Pandemic

Stress, anxiety, fear, and uncertainty – they are all strong emotions many people are experiencing during the pandemic that has been a part of our lives for months now. Doctors, nurses, lab technicians, and healthcare workers of all kinds may be responding to this illness and treating individuals who have tested positive with COVID-19, but […]