Thursday, January 30, 2014

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Talking About Mental Health

PhrenologyBack in July of 2013, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius began to spread the word about a new effort by the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) to raise awareness of mental health in the United States. The NAB started a public service announcement around a Tumblr page called OK2TALK.org aimed at teens and young adults suffering from mental illness.

Here is how they described what they were hoping to accomplish at the time:
The goal of OK2TALK is to create a community for teens and young adults struggling with mental health problems and encourage them to talk about what they’re experiencing by sharing their personal stories of recovery, tragedy, struggle or hope. Anyone can add their voice by sharing creative content such as poetry, inspirational quotes, photos, videos, song lyrics and messages of support in a safe, moderated space. We hope this is the first step towards getting help and feeling better.
The central message, that it is okay to talk about mental health, is an important one. Too many people do not receive help because they are afraid to ask or do not know where to go. A lack of information can fuel fear and lead to negative attitudes toward those suffering from mental illness. This may make it even less likely that those who need help will be willing to seek it.

Secretary Sebelius wrote:
Too often, misinformation and misperceptions lead to negative attitudes toward people with mental illness, and these negative attitudes can sometimes discourage our loved ones and colleagues from seeking help. And we know that mental health conditions are common – one in five Americans will experience a mental health problem in any given year. Yet 60% of people with mental health conditions and nearly 90% of people with substance use disorders don’t receive the care they need.
MentalHealth.gov was developed to serve as a resource for anyone seeking information on mental health. The site provides material designed to help individuals recognize the signs and symptoms of mental illness and tips for how to talk to friends or family members about mental health.
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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

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Clinic Closed Jan. 28 and 29 Due to Winter Weather

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The University of Southern Mississippi is closed Tuesday, January 28 and 29, due to winter weather. This means that the Community Counseling and Assessment Clinic will be closed on these dates.

Updated: The university is now scheduled to reopen on Thursday at Noon. All clinic services will resume at 1:00 pm on Thursday.
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Friday, January 24, 2014

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National Drug Facts Week: Shattering the Myths

Teens are confronted with conflicting messages about drugs, leaving many feeling confused and uncertain about where to go for information. Teen drug use remains a significant public health issue, and access to accurate information is essential.

National Drug Facts Week for 2014 is January 27 to February 2, 2014. Scientists from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) are hosting a live web chat on January 28, which will be available from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm EST at http://www.nidachat.org. These annual web chats give high school students throughout the United States an opportunity to ask questions about drugs.

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Thursday, January 23, 2014

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Free Alcohol Prevention Program for Southern Miss Students

Alcohol desgraciaWe are now accepting referrals of traditional age Southern Miss students (age 18-25) for our Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention Program for College Students (BASICS). BASICS aims to help students prevent the consequences often associated with alcohol use. For a limited time, this program is free of charge to Southern Miss students.

In addition to learning valuable strategies for reducing the adverse effects of alcohol use, Southern Miss students who agree to participate in research associated with the program can earn up to $30 in gift certificates for Barnes and Noble or Starbucks.

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

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Welcome to Our New Blog

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Many of our clients learn about us after searching the Internet for information about counseling and other psychological services available in the Hattiesburg area. Some find us after seeking information about a specific service we offer (e.g., Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder evaluations for adults, career counseling). Others find us by searching for help with symptoms of depression, anxiety, stress, or other mental health concerns.

One of the most common things we hear from our clients is, "I wish I had known about you sooner." They were unaware that there was a university-based training clinic right here in Hattiesburg providing evidence-based counseling on a sliding scale.

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