• FEDERAL GOVERNMENT-WIDE EFFORT UNDERWAY TO BETTER ADDRESS SERIOUS MENTAL ILLNESS

    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.

  • AHRQ RESEARCH REVEALS MASSAGE, SENSORY INTERVENTIONS IMPROVE AUTISM BEHAVIORS

    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 […]

  • PUTTING EXERCISE TO THE TEST IN PEOPLE AT RISK FOR ALZHEIMER’S

    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

  • NEW FACT SHEET: LOOKING AT MY GENES: WHAT CAN THEY TELL ME ABOUT MY MENTAL HEALTH?

    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

  • EATING DISORDERS: ABOUT MORE THAN FOOD

    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  

  • EARLY BRAIN CHANGES MAY HELP PREDICT AUTISM AMONG HIGH-RISK INFANTS

    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 […]

  • PROJECTING SUPPLY AND DEMAND FOR BEHAVIORAL HEALTH PRACTITIONERS

    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

  • DCOE BLOG POST: ALCOHOL USE, PTSD AMONG COMBAT SERVICEWOMEN

    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 […]