The Mississippi Department of Mental Health wants to inspire people in communities across the state to share their story of how COVID-19 has impacted their lives and show that there are resources available for those who are facing mental health and substance use issues. Below are the testimonials from real Mississippians who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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“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...

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Melissa T. – Jackson County

“My name is Melissa Thompson. I am a 52-year-old mother of 2 and grandma of 7. I have always had some anxiety in the past but could never afford to get the medical attention that I needed. When the pandemic hit my anxiety was in overload. I had so many...

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Paul W. – A Mississippi Veteran

“My name is Paul Webster and I’m 38 years old. I pretty much had a normal childhood. I had a great upbringing, a good mom and dad, made good grades, and always had high hopes and dreams. After Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005, I lost everything. I really didn’t have...

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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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please contact
the Mississippi Department of Mental Health (DMH)
Phone: 601.359.1288