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Painting the Town Purple

SMSH promotes Recovery Month, Alzheimer's Awareness and Suicide Prevention Week with Purple Ribbons
The color purple is associated with three separate awareness campaigns during September – SAMHSA’s National Recovery Month; World Alzheimer’s Awareness; and National Suicide Prevention Week.
South Mississippi State Hospital has partnered with the Purvis Exchange Club and the Purvis Woman’s Club to Paint Purvis Purple during September.  Mayor Roger Herrin has signed proclamations to support the efforts.
The Exchange Club and the Purvis Woman’s Club provided bows for distribution to businesses around town.  Flyers are being provided with each ribbon placed to bring awareness to each of the three campaigns.
This year’s Recovery theme is “Join the Voices for Recovery: Speak Up, Reach Out!” Through this theme, SAMSHA encourages people to openly speak up about mental and substance use disorders and the reality of recovery as well as encourage individuals in need of treatment and recovery services to seek help.  Recovery Month spreads the positive message that behavioral health is essential to overall health, that prevention works, treatment is effective, and people can and do recover.
With September also being World Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, Alzheimer’s disease is also being given equal billing during the Paint the Town Purple efforts.
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States.  It is the only cause of death among the top ten in American that cannot be prevented, cured, or even slowed. 
September 8-14 was National Suicide Prevention Week.  Suicide is the 11th leading cause of death among Americans. While suicide is an uncomfortable topic for many, it is important to learn the warning signs, take each one seriously, and be aware of support and counseling services in the area. 
Several years ago, the Mississippi Department of Mental Health started a program designed to help young adults “Think Again” about mental illness in an effort the reduce the stigma that surrounds these illnesses.  Half way through the program, it transitions into a suicide prevention message that teaches the students that there is help, each threat should be taken seriously, and that they should always find help when there are possible suicidal thoughts and ideations.  Think Again/Shatter the Silence presentations are available to any junior high, high school or college class in Mississippi, as well as to church youth groups and social organizations.  The program has companion presentations for teachers and parents.  To schedule a presentation in the Pine Belt area, call Donna Simmons at 601-794-0219.
Please join SMSH in Painting the Town Purple by displaying a purple ribbon during September to help raise awareness and understanding of these three health issues.
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            For information on mental health or South Mississippi State Hospital, please call 601-794-0219.
SAMHSA – Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Article Date:   9/10/2014   |   Expiration Date:   3/10/2015

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