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20 years later: Celebrating advances in mental health care

This year marks Psycamore’s 20-year anniversary of providing mental health treatment programs to Mississippi. As we reflect on the last two decades, we see a notable change in the place mental health support occupies within our society. Historically, mental illness has been surrounded by stigma. This includes the self-stigma those with mental illness experience, as well as the public stigma associated with mental illness and its treatment. 

The stereotypes and prejudice that arise from misconceptions about mental health can significantly impact those seeking help, as well as their care. With increasing awareness, education and support surrounding this issue, mental health stigma is declining. A better understanding of mental illness is crucial in encouraging acknowledgement and a healthy approach to treatment. 

Why is mental health so important? Mental health and physical health are closely connected, and rarely can you have one without the other. Mental health plays a huge role in a person’s ability to maintain good physical health. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that mental illnesses, such as depression and anxiety, often affect a person’s ability to participate in health-promoting behaviors. This can lead to problems with physical health, such as chronic diseases, and can seriously impact how a person participates in his or her mental health treatment. 

The approachability and availability of mental health services continue to increase, and the numerous types of services available continue to expand. Psycamore has been dedicated to educating our communities and supporting healthcare providers in bringing awareness to mental health and the treatment options available. 

We are encouraged that the last 20 years of advocacy, education and treatment options puts us in a much better position than we have ever been. With less stigma surrounding mental illness, along with higher levels and greater availability of treatment programs and ever-improving approaches to mental health problems, we are in a strong position going forward. We have been pleased to serve for the last 20 years, and we look forward to the next 20.

Alisha Parker-Cummins is regional marketing director for Psycamore LLC. Call (228) 385-7744 or visit to learn more about the programs Psycamore provides adults, adolescents and children.

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