• Ask about mental health

    October 9, 2019

    Don’t wait for your health care provider to ask about your mental health. Start the conversation. Here are 5 tips to help prepare and guide you on how to talk to your health care provider about your mental health: http://nimh.nih.gov/talkingtips. #NationalPrimaryCareWeek

  • Mobile Crisis Teams

    October 9, 2019

    A mental health crisis may occur unexpectedly. Mobile Crisis Response Teams are available in all Mississippi counties, and Crisis Stabilization Units are available in multiple locations throughout the state. Call the DMH Helpline at 1-877-210-8513 to find out what services and supports are available near you.

  • Social Media affects mental health

    October 9, 2019Youth

    Might time spent on social media — YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and the like — affect young people’s mental health? Yes, says a report by Johns Hopkins and other researchers, published in JAMA Psychiatry. https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/the-big-number-3-or-more-hours-a-day-of-social-media-use-hurts-youths-mental-health/2019/09/27/043c7dc0-e06f-11e9-8dc8-498eabc129a0_story.html?fbclid=IwAR3JvoVDGn7sxPF3WSbLXKM9KecBpUe3UiTLBBbwpx8n2AEusNEGcfBsLCM

  • Mental Health Awareness Week

    October 9, 2019MH Awareness

    This week is Mental Illness Awareness Week. Nearly 1 in 5 American adults will have a diagnosable mental health condition in any given year. You never know what struggles someone is facing. Be kind. Listen to and support others – but make sure to take care of yourself too. Call the DMH Helpline at 1-877-210-8513 […]

  • Depression

    October 9, 2019comedian HBO

    How Gary Gulman found the funny in clinical depression for his new HBO special On October 5, HBO is premiering The Great Depresh, a most unusual comedy special.  Check it out!

  • History

    October 9, 2019

    In the wake of an increasing number of calls for reinstating state institutionalization, we wanted to share this testimony delivered to Congress in 1963 by Dr. Proctor, the President of Mental Health America, and Phil Ryan, then the Executive Director (then known as the National Mental Health Association). https://mhanational.org/blog/tragic-story-state-custodial-institutions?fbclid=IwAR3e4lKrhREIAI1ZJD5J8jlY-HyG5qUz4TEyPvRTP24_bCBsdXXQCxmfbkQ

  • ADHD

    October 9, 2019ADHD

    Do you find it hard to pay attention? Do you feel the need to move constantly during times when you shouldn’t? Do you find yourself constantly interrupting others? If these issues are ongoing and you feel that they are negatively impacting your daily life, it could be a sign of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Learn more […]

  • Suicide Awareness

    October 9, 2019Suicide Awareness

    Suicide is complicated and tragic, but it is often preventable. Knowing the warning signs for suicide and how to get help can help save lives. Learn about behaviors that may be a sign that someone is thinking about suicide. For more information, visit https://go.usa.gov/xVKm2

  • Mental Health Association of South MS is not the same as Gulf Coast Mental Health

    July 31, 2019

    We continue to be confused with the community mental health center in Gulfport, MS. Mental Health Association is not part of Gulf Coast Mental Health. We do work together on things – but are not the same.

  • Work Life Balance

    May 1, 2019

    Do you turn off your work phone when you leave?  How about not checking your email at night, on the weekend, on vacation?  We all need boundaries to refresh and be ready for the next work day.  If we are constantly connected to work, we don’t have time to relax.  Unfortunately, this leads to being […]

  • NIMH Director at the MHA Annual Conference

    May 1, 2019NIMH Director

    Register:  Conference Registration

  • Humor is good for your mental health

    May 1, 2019

    Have fun and do something to make yourself laugh.  It’s a great way to release some tension and find the humor in life.  Research studies show that laughter has many healthy benefits such as relieving pain, bringing more happiness and increase immunity (Scott, 2018). Scott, E., (2018, November 5).  The health benefits of laughter.  Very Well […]

  • A Conversation on Mental Health and the Family

    May 1, 2019

    Free event on May 14th at the Ohr O’Keefe Museum of Art in Biloxi starting at 5:00pm.  Families invited to come join the discussion of how mental health effects people and their families.

  • 5K 50 States 50 Days

    May 1, 2019

    http://www.wlox.com/video/2019/04/26/happening-may-th-runwalk-mental-health-k/ Register here https://raceroster.com/events/2019/21154/gulfport-ms-2019-runwalk-for-mental-health-5k-50-states-50-days?fbclid=IwAR0Fagt4riH64JUOsCf8K8htVJ6bWOrBFvqzAwRwvlWnOJ5zPGW-gkVSqr8  

  • Mental Health Awareness Month Kick Off

    May 1, 2019

    What an incredible way to kick-0ff Mental Health Awareness Month!  Sponsor, Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort was the venue with a delicious breakfast for our group.  Business people from around the coast attended to hear more about workplace wellness. From Keesler Air Force Base, Captain Antonio Jones and TSgt Alan Anderson spoke about the mental health […]

  • Mental Health America and Burger King

    May 1, 2019Burger King

    “MHA is very pleased to partner with Burger King,” said Paul Gionfriddo, president and CEO, MHA. “While not everyone would think about pairing fast food and mental health, MHA believes in elevating the conversation in all communities in order to address mental illness Before Stage 4. By using its internationally-known reputation to discuss the importance […]

  • Diagnosis and Treatment in Children & Adolescents

    April 25, 2019


  • Discover NIMH: Delivering Hope Through Research

    April 25, 2019


  • #GivingTuesday

    November 26, 2018#GivingTuesday

    Please consider MHASM for #GivingTuesday November 27th. This non-profit organization supports people whether it is to prevent stress from taking over their life or they have a diagnosed mental illness.  Please share our event. Several programs including a Drop In Center, Homeless Assistance, Peer Support, Mental Health First Aid and Self Help like Wellness Recovery […]

  • Introverted? How to Make the Most of It

    November 26, 2018

    Those prone to depression and social anxiety can use these tips to make the most of your introversion. Let go of assumptions Introverts often wrestle with expectations—from others mostly, at times from themselves—about how they should act in social situations. Let go of assumptions and own your introversion. The best thing to do is to […]

  • Famous Quarterback, Terry Bradshaw, on Life with Depression

    November 26, 2018Bradshaw

    “Hey, man….I got depression too. Appreciate all you’re doing for us now.” Terry Bradshaw on how men have thanked him for talking about his depression. Buried by 300-pound linemen, Terry Bradshaw got up, shook it off and called another play. Blitzed by depression, he couldn’t bounce back on his own. Time for a new game […]

  • Dealing with Depression at Work

    November 26, 2018

    By Lisa Evans If you’re working and struggling with depression, you’re not alone. Over 16 million American adults suffer from depression, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, with the majority of those individuals in their prime working years. The median onset age for major depressive disorder is 32.5 years old.  Read more

  • I Jumped Off The Golden Gate Bridge

    November 26, 2018

    “The Millisecond My Hands Left the Rail, It Was An Instant Regret” (WARNING: this video contains subject matter regarding suicide and may be triggering to some people) 

  • Positive Words

    November 26, 2018

    Words matter. Especially when communicating to and with those dealing with opioid use disorder. Language choice is a quick, effective way to reduce the stigma surrounding substance use disorders and recovering from them. SAMSHA released a toolkit to help navigate proper word choice when creating, communicating and sharing prevention and recovery messaging. Check it out […]

  • The State of Mental Health in America

    November 26, 2018

    Mental Health Association of South MS is the State Affiliate of Mental Health America.  Both organizations are committed to promoting mental health as a critical part of overall wellness. We advocate for prevention services for all, early identification and intervention for those at risk, integrated services, care and treatment for those who need it, and […]

  • Ruby Grace, past Board Member has passed away

    August 28, 2018Ruby Grace

    We remember: Ruby Grace always ‘loved you more’ The Sun Herald article by Karen Nelson klnelson@sunherald.com August 24, 2018, Gulfport She had a smile that wouldn’t quit and a hug for everybody. Ruby Grace — who by example reminded a newsroom for more than 20 years how to treat people — has died at home […]

  • Art Raffle with artist, Marty Wilson

    August 28, 2018art raffle

    Mental Health Association of South MS and gulf coast artist, Marty Wilson have teamed up!  A one of a kind art piece created by Marty as pictured here will be auctioned to a lucky winner.  The painting is 24″ x 48″ and signed by Marty.  Tickets are $10 each.  Both MHASM and Marty’s organization One […]

  • Overdose Awareness Day (8/31/18) Social Medial Toolkit

    August 28, 2018Stand Up, MS

    This week Stand Up, MS is planning a social media awareness campaign for Overdose Awareness Day (August 31st).  The final event will take place at 11:00 am on Friday, with the Governor releasing a video asking everyone to change their profile image to the attached image. Leading up to this event, Stand Up, MS has […]

  • New Drop In Location

    March 26, 2018

    The Drop In Center is a program of activities that is consumer driven and is designed to support and enhance the role of functioning and recovery of individuals.  Activities such as: self-help group meetings, meals, weekly or monthly socials, computer skills, arts/crafts, peer support and guest speakers/workshops. MHASM strives to support people in their recovery […]

  • Balancing Work and School

    November 15, 2017

    About half of all full-time college students have jobs outside of school. This number jumps to 80% when it comes to part-time students. One study showed that 70% of college students are stressed about finances. http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/balancing-work-and-school

  • What is WRAP?

    November 15, 2017wellness

    The Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP®) is a personalized wellness and recovery system born out of and rooted in the principle of self-determination. WRAP® is a wellness and recovery approach that helps people to: 1) decrease and prevent intrusive or troubling feelings and behaviors; 2) increase personal empowerment; 3) improve quality of life; and 4) […]

  • Alzheimer’s

    November 15, 2017

    Higher brain glucose levels may mean more severe Alzheimer’s; NIH study shows connections between glucose metabolism, Alzheimer’s pathology, symptoms For the first time, scientists have found a connection between abnormalities in how the brain breaks down glucose and the severity of the signature amyloid plaques and tangles in the brain as well as the onset […]

  • BRAIN Initiative Neuroethics Research

    November 15, 2017

    NIH Announces Awards for BRAIN Initiative Neuroethics Research; Grants aim to address neuroethical issues associated with human brain research As scientists develop powerful neurotechnologies to monitor and regulate brain activity, ethical questions arise about how these new tools should be incorporated into medical research and clinical practice. Press Release: https://www.nimh.nih.gov/news/science-news/2017/nih-announces-awards-for-brain-initiative-neuroethics-research.shtml


    June 10, 2017

    The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announced the formation of a new federal interagency initiative to better address serious mental illness (SMI) across the nation. The Interdepartmental Serious Mental Illness Coordinating Committee (ISMICC) was created under the 21st Century Cures Act to foster coordination of all federal efforts related to SMI.


    June 10, 2017

    Sensory-focused interventions – such as massage, swinging and trampoline exercises, and exposure to different textures – reduced sensory and motor impairments in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), according to an analysis funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), highlighted in the journal Pediatrics.

  • NIMH Grantee Wins One of Science’s Most Coveted Prizes

    June 10, 2017

    Deisseroth honored for optogenetics, CLARITY, depression circuitry insights NIMH grantee Karl Deisseroth, M.D., Ph.D., of Stanford University, has been awarded one of science’s most generous prizes. A German foundation presented the inventor of technologies that are transforming neuroscience with its four million euros Fresenius Prize on May 31, 2017. In bestowing the honor, the Else […]

  • 30-Day Wellness Challenge – May

    April 30, 2017

    30 Day Challenge – May Mental Health Awareness Month By focusing on wellness, we can all bring awareness to mental health in May.  Mental Health Association of South MS invites you to join the 30-Day Challenge by doing simple things each day.  Get your family, friends and co-workers to enjoy this easy activity in the […]


    March 8, 2017exert

    Can exercise slow or prevent cognitive decline in older people who are at increased risk for Alzheimer’s disease? A new clinical trial led by National Institute on Aging-supported scientists in collaboration with the YMCA aims to find out whether exercise may be an effective non-drug treatment for staying cognitively fit. click here for full article


    March 8, 2017my genes

    This fact sheet contains frequently asked questions about genome scans and genetic testing, and their relationship to a person’s mental health. click here for full article


    March 8, 2017

    This brochure describes the common eating disorders anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge-eating disorder, and various approaches to treatment. It notes future directions for research and where to find more information. The resource is available in English and Spanish. https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/eating-disorders/index.shtml  


    March 8, 2017

    Brain changes at age six or 12 months may help predict the development of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) by age two years among infants with a high family risk, according to a study funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Currently, ASD can be diagnosed as early as age two years, based on certain […]


    December 13, 2016

    The report, National Projections of Supply and Demand for Selected Behavioral Health Practitioners: 2013-2025, provides estimates for the supply and demand of nine separate behavioral health practitioner disciplines.   https://www.hhs.gov/blog/2016/11/17/projecting-supply-and-demand-behavioral-health-practitioners.html


    December 13, 2016

    This Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) blog post summarizes a recent webinar in which scientists discussed the need for more research and other postdeployment concerns that affect female service members.   http://www.dcoe.mil/blog/16-11- 23/Alcohol_Use_PTSD_among_Combat_Servicewomen.aspx

  • Mental Health Crisis in South MS: Part Two

    November 28, 2016

    Part two of two. http://www.wlox.com//Clip/12921787/part-2-mental-health-care-crisis-in-south-mississippi#.WDxZkZ3Q-Vo.email

  • Mental Health Care Crisis in South Mississippi: Part One

    November 28, 2016

    Mental health in south MS, part one of two.   http://www.wlox.com//story/33777439/mental-health-care-crisis-in-south-mississippi-part-one#.WDxZTQfKH4R.email

  • NFL’s Gerald McGrath: Running A Blitz On Depression

    November 15, 2016

    Former NFL linebacker, Gerald McGrath, is speaking out about reclaiming his life from depression and alcohol addiction to encourage others to reach out for help. Esperanza Magazine http://www.hopetocope.com/nfls-gerald-mcgrath-running-a-blitz-on-depression/

  • Kristen Bell Is In ‘The Good Place’

    November 15, 2016

    Actress Kristen Bell has a busy career, a family she dotes on, and a very special message: Getting treatment for depression makes all the difference. http://www.hopetocope.com/kristen-bell-is-in-a-good-place/

  • 10 Ways to Recognize Suicidal Thoughts in a Loved One

    November 9, 2016

    In 2013 there were 41,149 suicides in the United States. That statistic is both eye-opening and frightening, especially when you have a loved one who you believe may be having suicidal thoughts. There are many signs and behaviors that people who are considering self-harm may exhibit. Below are ten of the most common warning signs […]

  • Between You and Me: Informed Choices by Gina Calhoun

    November 8, 2016

    Before being hospitalized for long periods of time, grocery stores in my town were relatively small and choices were rather limited.  When I came out of long-term hospitalization, grocery stores had ‘grown up’.  Many stores today sell food, make-up, cleaning supplies, pharmacy items, etc… and choices are practically unlimited.  In this environment, choice can be […]

  • Most states with little access to mental health resources also have the highest incarceration rates

    November 8, 2016

    Many people in the United States are not getting treatment for mental health issues.  Unfortunately, jails are where many end up rather than getting the help they need. read full article

  • 2017 Mental Health America Conference

    November 8, 2016Mental Health America

    MHA’s Annual Conference: Sex, Drugs, and Rock & Roll will bring advocates, experts, and elected officials together for clear, real, and direct conversations about the connection between mental health and sex, drugs and rock & roll. Washington DC, June 14-16, 2017   click here to see conference information

  • Research is easy to become part of.

    November 8, 2016

    In order to made advances in what we know about mental illness and treatment opportunities, we much conduct research.  There are several ways to be a part of it.  It’s free!   Link to research information

  • Join NIH Depression Research Studies

    November 8, 2016National Institute of Mental Health

    Does depression impede your daily life? Are you currently feeling sad and hopeless, experiencing worthlessness and guilt, and have a lack of interest in everyday activities you once enjoyed? NIH studies are investigating the brain and experimental medications (such as ketamine and diazoxide) to rapidly reduce depressive symptoms.  Research includes: depressed adults ages 18 to […]

  • Statement by Paul Gionfriddo, President and CEO, MHA, on Support for House and Senate Mental Health Reform Legislation

    June 20, 2016Old Books on a Shelf

    Paul Gionfriddo, President and CEP of Mental Health America has a statement on the Support fFor House and Senate Mental Health Reform Legislation. “For more than a century, Mental Health America has remained steadfast in its advocacy for transitioning the public safety model for addressing mental health concerns to a public health model, for moving […]

  • Recent Study Shows The Longterm Struggles of Caregivers of the Mentally Ill

    March 9, 2016Man holding papers and folders.

    The recent study pinpointed key inadequacies of the U.S. health care system facing the mentally ill and their caregivers. Among the findings it showed that many people are unable to access health care services due to the barriers in the way. It also found many families often receive both inaccurate diagnoses and improper treatment for […]

  • Participant Passing

    February 9, 2016Beach Pier

    Recently, one of the participants in our Supportive Housing Program passed away. Mental Health Association of South MS is happy that through our HUD program he was able to spend the past couple of years with a roof over his head. When he entered the program he had sustained a serious head injury and was […]

  • NIH Launches Landmark Study On Substance Use And Adolescent Brain Development

    October 15, 2015

    NIH awarded 13 grants to research institutions around the country as part of a landmark study about the effects of adolescent substance use on the developing brain. The Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development Study will follow approximately 10,000 children beginning at age nine to 10, before they initiate drug use, through the period of highest risk […]

  • OCTOBER 2015

    October 15, 2015

    In support of this health observance, SAMHSA is making a number of resources available. The National Child Traumatic Stress Network is providing resources for families, teens, educators, clinicians, mental health professionals, and law enforcement personnel on how to recognize, deal with, and prevent bullying. http://www.nctsnet.org/resources/public-awareness/bullying-prevention-awareness-month SAMHSA’s free KnowBullying app is available to help parents, caregivers, […]

  • Federal Policy For The Protection Of Human Subjects: Comments Sought On Proposed Rule

    October 15, 2015

    HHS and other federal agencies propose revisions to modernize, strengthen, and make more effective the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects that was promulgated as a Common Rule in 1991. Comments are sought on proposals to better protect human subjects involved in research, while facilitating valuable research and reducing burden, delay, and ambiguity […]

  • Nondiscrimination In Health Programs And Activities: Comments Sought On Proposed Rule

    October 15, 2015

    HHS has issued a proposed rule to advance health equity and reduce disparities in healthcare. The proposed rule, Nondiscrimination in Health Programs and Activities, will assist some of the populations that have been most vulnerable to discrimination, and will help provide those populations equal access to healthcare and health coverage. It harmonizes protections provided by […]

  • NIMH Announces Concept Clearance For Research To Expand Zero Suicide Evidence Base

    October 15, 2015

    NIMH has published a rationale for possible future funding of applied research proposals that would bring Zero Suicide to more healthcare systems. The goal of this initiative is to reduce the burden of suicide events in healthcare systems through intervention effectiveness and implementation research. Comments are accepted on this concept clearance on an ongoing basis. […]

  • Webinar: Getting To Know The Federal Government And Funding Opportunities

    October 15, 2015

    NOVEMBER 5, 2015, 3:30 PM ET In this HHS Office of Minority Health Resource Center webinar, a Federal funders panel reveals best practices in responding to federal funding announcements. Opportunities for Federal funding are identified. https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1409324687085554946

  • Webinar: Why All The Excitement About Logic Models?

    October 15, 2015

    OCTOBER 20, 2015, 3:30 PM ET This HHS Office of Minority Health Resource Center webinar is being offered for community-based, faith- based, and other organizations that want to learn the basics of creating successful Federal grant applications. This presentation will provide an overview of logic models and when to use them in both applications and […]

  • NIH Digital Summit: Optimizing Digital To Reach Patients, Scientists, Clinicians, And The Public

    October 15, 2015

    OCTOBER 19, 2015, 9:00 AM–3:00 PM ET, BETHESDA, MARYLAND NIH is presenting its first digital summit, developed to explore how patients, health professionals, and researchers are getting and sharing health and science information in today’s technology-driven world. The summit is designed to encourage discussion, so come prepared to ask questions in person or virtually. The […]