Mental Health on the PRMS Blog

*This piece is a re-print from the Spring Edition of the Journal of the Mississippi Psychiatric Association.   As part of PRMS’ ongoing commitment to behavioral health, we are pleased to feature Doctors Chasity Torrence, FAPA, and Dustyn Baker, co-founders of the Psychiatry Outreach Program (POP) in Jackson, Mississippi, as guest bloggers this month, reflecting on the impact P ...

In keeping with PRMS’ mission to support the greater behavioral health community, we invited Vasudev Makhija, MD, DLFAPA, founder and president of the South Asian Mental Health Initiative and Network (SAMHIN), and a past president of the New Jersey Psychiatric Association (NJPA), to share more about SAMHIN, its current projects, and future plans. PRMS is proud to support SAMHIN ...

This July marks Minority Mental Health Month, and now more than ever, knowing that minority communities are disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re using our platform to spread awareness, share educational tools, and show support. PRMS is proud to announce our donation this month to the Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation in an effort to support this cause. ...

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During this unprecedented health crisis, it’s more important than ever that we stay home as much as possible. But while we continue to remain physically distant, we commend psychiatrists for staying connected, rising to the challenge, and continuing to find ways to deliver mental health services. In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month and in support of the entire health co ...

As a part of PRMS’ ongoing commitment to behavioral health we invited Dr. Chasity Torrence, Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) and a staff psychiatrist at the Mississippi State Hospital, to be featured as one of our guest bloggers this month. In 2016, Dr. Torrence received the PRMS Reside ...

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As Mental Health Month draws to a close, it is important to collectively reflect on the significance of mental health. At PRMS, we think it is also the perfect time to highlight the mental health foundations PRMS contributes to and the important work they are doing to promote mental health. But first, a little more about Mental Health Month. Since 1949, Mental Health America ( ...

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As the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Suicide Prevention Awareness Month marches on in September, we would like to shine the spotlight on a very important and heartbreaking issue – suicide among those who have served our country. Military service members and veterans face many stressors reintegrating into the world they left behind. They may struggle with money, f ...

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month. While it is great to recognize and educate everyone on the issue of mental health, I want to take a moment to recognize and thank the psychiatrists and other mental health professionals for all they do under what can be very tough circumstances. My comments are focused on psychiatrists because my team of risk managers has the most interac ...

A few days ago, an Asiana Airlines 777 crash-landed at San Francisco International Airport.  The comments from the talking heads on TV as well as the general public were predictable: “How could an accident like this happen?” and “It’s a miracle that only two people out of the more than 300 aboard were killed” and “I’ll never feel safe flying again.”  Relatively few noted that i ...

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and unfortunately it’s starting on a somber note. I am not a regular reader of the Centers for Disease Control’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), but a report widely picked up by the popular press did catch my eye this week, and it’s essential reading for anyone working in behavioral healthcare (MMWR, May 3, 2013). The study ...

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