Mental Health Crisis Response in Mississippi
The Department of Mental Health’s Helpline is available to any Mississippi resident experiencing a mental health crisis. You can reach the helpline at 1-877-210-8513. You may also access a list of crisis response hotlines, local to each region of Mississippi. If you are experiencing thoughts of suicide, or need someone to talk to, the National Suicide Prevention hotline is available 24/7 at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
The State of Mental Health in Mississippi
Mississippi currently ranks 33rd in the United States for mental healthcare. The Department of Mental Health (DMH) in Mississippi is composed of nine primary board members who oversee the quality of care and services that are delivered to Mississippians. Essentially, the DMH is responsible for the reformation of their current mental healthcare system, so that they may provide the resources necessary to build resilience in their communities. The DMH determines the standard of care that all Mississippi residents can expect when they seek treatment from a licensed counselor or therapist.
The members of the DMH include a physician, psychiatrist, clinical psychologist, a social worker with experience in the field of mental health, and one citizen representative from each of the five congressional districts in Mississippi. With bimonthly meetings being held open to the public, the DMH encourages community involvement and inclusivity when discussing mental health. The professionals on the board take the feedback from the community to shape the future of the state of mental health within Mississippi. It’s this active participation that opens a dialogue and reduces the stigma around mental health. This community feedback is used to design services, and raise the bar for the quality of care that residents are currently experiencing in all phases of mental illness, from prevention, to treatment and recovery. The DMH aims to ensure all residents access to the resources that promote their well-being and ability to prosper. This includes access to therapists, psychologists, and counselors throughout the state.
For assistance in navigating treatment for substance abuse, call the Delphi Health Group at 1-888-459-5511.
If you are LGBTQ+ and you need support, contact The Trevor Project at 1-866-488-7386.
The National Alliance for Mental Illness, or NAMI, is open to anyone struggling with mental illness. NAMI is an inclusive and community-based resource geared towards raising awareness and supporting group members on their journey to recovery. With group counseling sessions led by a trained member with a diagnosis (past or present), meetings follow a set of 12 principles for support. NAMI meetings are meant to complement your existing treatment plan with your counselor or psychologist. There are many chapters of NAMI that meet in Michigan, including virtual meet-ups. Find yours here.
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