Mental Health First Aid Trainings
Mental Health First Aid is a course that teaches a person how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness and substance use disorder. The training gives you the skills needed to reach out and provide initial help and support to youth and adults who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem or experiencing a crisis.
Through a grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the Mississippi Department of Mental Health is able to offer Mental Health First Aid training at no cost for K-12 school employees, college and university staff, first responders, health care workers, parents/caregivers and law enforcement officers.
The Department of Mental Health’s Helpline is available 24/7 to provide information and referral for mental health, alcohol and drug addiction, and intellectual and/or developmental disabilities services from DMH Certified Providers in Mississippi. For more information about services, if you or a loved one needs help, or to file a grievance about a certified provider call the Mississippi Department of Mental Health’s Helpline at: 1-877-210-8513.
CONTACT the Crisis Line
CONTACT the Crisis Line is a 24/7 helpline. CONTACT the Crisis line offers free confidential and compassionate help to anyone in need of emotional support. CONTACT the Crisis line also provides information and referral resources and intervene in a crisis situation when necessary. CONTACT the Crisis Line operates a Reassurance CONTACT program in which we make outbound calls to seniors living alone. CONTACT the Crisis Line participates in online emotional support through our partnership with the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (NSPL) for people who are more comfortable talking about their problems online rather than on the telephone. CONTACT the Crisis Line has been taking calls since 1971 and is accredited by CONTACT USA and a Partner with the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
Mental Health America Screening Tools
Taking a mental health screening is one of the quickest and easiest ways to determine whether you are experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition. Mental health conditions, such as depression or anxiety, are real, common and treatable, and recovery is possible.
Mississippi National Guard Outreach Services App
The Mississippi National Guard Outreach Services Program is dedicated to providing essential statewide services and dedicated resources to improve the quality of life for our service members and their families during all phases of military service. The designated resources of Outreach Services enhances the readiness, resiliency, retention, and recruitment of service members and their families while providing necessary assistance in times of need to strengthen the partnership among commands, service members, families and communities.
Outreach Services implements the following programs to ensure readiness throughout the Mississippi National Guard: Family Readiness, Family Assistance, Child and Youth Services, Strong Bonds, Sexual Harassment/ Assault Response Program, Resiliency/ Risk Reduction/Suicide Prevention, Yellow Ribbon Reintegration, Employment Outreach, Education Services, Casualty Assistance, Military Funeral Honors, Transition Assistance and Survivor Outreach Services.
The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals in the United States.
Shatter the Silence
Shatter the Silence: Suicide—The Secret You Shouldn’t Keep (STS) is a suicide prevention awareness campaign offered by The Mississippi Department of Mental Health. The campaign includes a no cost 45–60-minute presentation that teaches audiences general mental health awareness, understanding of risk factors and warning signs associated with suicidal ideation, and resources to help someone who is thinking about suicide.
If you are interested in receiving this presentation, contact Ja’Quila Newsome, Director of Suicide Prevention, at (601)359-6252, or Jaquila.Newsome@dmh.ms.gov.
For resources and information download the Shatter The Silence app in your app store today!