SMSH promotes Recovery Month, Alzheimer's Awareness and Suicide Prevention Week with Purple Ribbons
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.
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.
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
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.
September also being World Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, Alzheimer’s disease is
also being given equal billing during the Paint the Town Purple efforts.
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.
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.
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.
join SMSH in Painting the Town Purple by displaying a purple ribbon during
September to help raise awareness and understanding of these three health
For information on mental health or South
Mississippi State Hospital, please call 601-794-0219.
SAMHSA – Substance Abuse and
Mental Health Services Administration