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Tragedy reminds us to watch for signs of depression in others

The tragic suicide of state Rep. Jessica Upshaw of Diamondhead this past Sunday was a sad reminder to us all to be vigilant for signs of depression in our loved ones.

Upshaw, 53, reportedly had battled depression for many years. This chronic disease causes untold heartache for sufferers and their families and friends, but help is available through counseling and proper medication.

Fortunately, the Lincoln County area is blessed with extensive mental health services right here in Brookhaven at the Region 8 Mental Health Services facility.

Region 8 has therapists and physicians available to work with those in need of help with depression, anxiety and other mental health and behavioral issues.

Besides being another problem in and of itself, abuse of alcohol and drugs can also mask issues with depression, and Region 8 offers programs and professional care to help with substance issues as well.

For those battling illnesses like depression, there may seem to be no hope. Unfortunately, for Rep. Upshaw, that battle was lost. But for others, the outcome can be a positive one – provided the right kind of help is provided in time.

To learn more about Region 8 and its services, check out their web site at region8mhs.org.