News Releases

Department of Mental Health Announces Housing Initiative

September 26, 2014 (Jackson, MS) – The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has awarded the Mississippi Department of Mental Health (DMH) a Cooperative Agreement to Benefit Homeless Individuals (CABHI) grant for the implementation of the Mississippi Housing 4 Recovery initiative. The Department received notification in September that the agency has been selected […]

DMH and Think Again Network Release Media Guidebook

September 26, 2014 (Jackson, MS) – The Mississippi Department of Mental Health (DMH) and the Think Again Network have completed work on a project that aims to change the portrayal of mental illness across the state. DMH and Think Again have released a Mental Health Media Guidebook for Mississippi Journalists that provides tips and helpful […]

7th Annual MS School For Addiction Professionals April 1-4

In an effort to help educate Mississippi’s Addiction, Treatment, and Prevention Professionals, about alcohol and drug abuse and prevention the 7th Annual Mississippi School for Addiction Professionals, hosted by the Mississippi Department of Mental Health’s (DMH) Bureau of Alcohol and Drug Services, will be held April 1-4 at the Hattiesburg Convention Center.   “We provide […]

DMH Celebrates National Recovery Month

Ask your friend or neighbor if they have been touched by substance abuse or mental illness in any way and the answer is almost always – ‘yes.’ Substance abuse and mental health issues are serious public health problems in Mississippi. In 2012, an estimated 199,000 Mississippians needed treatment services for alcohol and drug use and […]

Raise Alzheimer’s Awareness By Painting It Purple September 20

The Mississippi Department of Mental Health (DMH), Alzheimera��s Association Mississippi Chapter, and the UMMC MIND CenterA� wants Mississippians to help paint the state purple on September 20 in honor of Alzheimera��s Action Day. A� Mississippians are encouraged to wear purple and display purple ribbons/bows on their homes and offices to show their support for people […]

The MH/IDD Joint Conference is set for October 29, 2013 to October 31, 2013 at the IP Casino in Biloxi.

Mark Your Calendars: The MH/IDD Joint Conference is set for October 29 – 31 at the IP Casino in Biloxi. The theme is Community: The Pathway to Belonging. Please click the following link below to register: https://www.regonline.com/mhiddjointconference_2013 Planning forms have been submitted for the following disciplines: Recreation Therapist (ATRA)   10.5 Hours of Continuing Education […]

Response To Mental Health Conference In Washington

On June 3, the President and Vice President hosted a National Conference on Mental Health in Washington. While millions of Americans and thousands of Mississippians struggle with mental health problems, those who need help are many times afraid to seek it because of the shame and secrecy unfortunately associated with mental illness. The conference brought […]

24th Annual Serendipity Is Thursday, September 5th

WHITFIELD— September is approaching fast, and art admirers across the state know what that means – Mississippi State Hospital’s annual Serendipity art show and silent auction is almost here. Always held the first Thursday of September, this year’s Serendipity is set for Thursday, September 5, from 11:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. on the MSH campus. […]

14th Annual Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease and Psychiatric Disorders in the Elderly

August 14 – August 16, 2013 14th Annual Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease and Psychiatric Disorders in the Elderly “Shaping the Future” Host/Vendor check-in Tuesday, August 13, 2013 MSU Riley Center    Meridian, MS Register online at http://www.regonline.com/msalzconference2013 Request for support letter 2013 Alzheimer’s Conference Host Vendor Registration Packet 2013 Alzheimer’s Conference Registration Brochure 2013 Alzheimer’s Conference […]

Mississippians Trained In Mental Health First Aid

In response to recent shooting tragedies in the United States, Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) has become a hot topic in Washington and Mississippi. In May, the Mississippi Department of Mental Health used British Petroleum grant monies to certify a cadre of trainers in both the adult and youth versions of MHFA.   These certified trainers […]

May is Mental Health Month

May is Mental Health Month   Wellness—it’s essential to living a full and productive life. We may have different ideas about what wellness means, but it involves a set of skills and strategies that prevent the onset or shorten the duration of illness and promote recovery and well-being. It’s about keeping healthy as well as […]

6th Annual MS School for Addiction Professionals

In an effort to help educate Mississippi’s addiction, treatment, and prevention professionals the 6th Annual Mississippi School for Addiction Professionals, hosted by the Mississippi Department of Mental Health’s (DMH) Bureau of Alcohol and Drug Services, will be held April 9-12 at the Hattiesburg Convention Center.   “We provide a learning experience where professionals or nonprofessionals […]

More than 500 People Attend Alzheimer’s Conference

“Drawing on Our Collective Wisdom,” the 13th Annual Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease and Psychiatric Disorders in the Elderly was held August 15 – 17, 2012 in Olive Branch. This is the only statewide Conference on Alzheimer’s disease designed to meet the needs of both professionals and caregivers.   Understanding Early Onset Alzheimer’s Disease Review of […]

Mississippi Selected for Youth Diversion Grant

Mississippi is one of the eight states competitively selected to participate in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Collaborative, Improving Diversion Policies and Programs for Justice Involved Youth with Co-Occurring Mental Health and Substance Abuse Disorders. Sandra Parks and Pam Smith of DMH […]

First Certified Peer Support Specialist Training Held

Three of Mississippi’s Certified Peer Support Specialist (CPSS) Trainers conducted their first Certified Peer Support Specialist Training on June 5-8 in West Point. The CPSS Training is an intensive 34 hour course followed by a written exam. The CPSS curriculum was developed by Ike Powell and Larry Fricks of the nationally and internationally-recognized Appalachian Consulting […]