“I am 26 years old and I am from Hurley, Mississippi. I come from a family of mental health issues on both my dad’s and mother’s side and most importantly, myself.


I have always known something was not right with me. In my family’s words, I have often “flown off the handle.” I was never taught how to handle or control my emotions. I’ve never wanted to seek help and did not know there were services available from my Community Mental Health Center, Singing River Services.


Before the pandemic, I could keep myself busy and ignore my mental health. COVID-19 brought my mental health issues to light. I lost my job and isolated myself. I had no option but to drown in my diagnosis. Then I found help through Singing River Services where staff took the time to really understand my story and saw me as more than my diagnosis. They helped me get where I am today.


Months later, I have learned to better control my emotions. I spent the holidays with my family, – something I have not been able to do in years due to my mental illness.


If I could give anyone any advice it would be to seek help. Singing River Services really does care, and they are available to help you if you are willing to reach out.”


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About the
Behind the Mask Campaign

Behind the Mask is a statewide initiative to promote mental health services for Mississippians during the COVID-19 pandemic. The statewide campaign is funded through a grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). 


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