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James Donaldson on Mental Health – What to Say to a Friend With Depression When You’re at a Loss for Words

depressionand what to sayYou’ve probably heard it before; there are good and bad things to say to someone with depression. However, the bad seems to be too easy, while the good leaves you at a loss for words. I mean, what do you say to comfort someone who doesn’t even have control of their own mind?

In reality, there is no perfect thing you can say to make everything better. These are just the things that come to mind as someone who has struggled.

1. “I wish I could make this better for you.”

I don’t know why I love this one so much. A friend said this to me a couple years ago after some tough times in my life and it hit me like a ton of bricks. It made me realize someone was there for me and they would love and help me through the pain. To this day, this is still the most comforting thing I have ever heard. When times get rough and I think about my friends, this is always the moment that comes to my mind. It stuck out amongst a sea of people saying, “it will get better.”

This doesn’t even have to just be for a depressed friend. These words are always what I want to hear on bad days. It brings me comfort to know that no matter how bad one day is, I have the power. I have time. The bad day can only carry out its reign of terror until 11:59 p.m. Then, it will be forever gone and I will have survived. The next day is a blank canvas, and that is everything.

3. “You don’t have to say anything. I’m just going to sit here with you.”

There is such a push on people with mental illness to just talk about it. Sometimes, talking about it is the last thing I want to do. Sometimes, I don’t want to acknowledge it. I just want to hold on for dear life and keep going. Sit with me. Ride out the storm by my side.

4. “You have emotions of steel and I respect that.”

A friend said this to me after I had just made a joke about how weak I am. Of course, I had meant it as a joke regarding my physical strength (I’m basically a string bean with legs), but he caught me by surprise and said something I had never even thought before. I had always hated depression because I felt it made me weak, but he thought it made me strong. It changed the way I saw myself. I’m not weak because I have issues. I’m strong because I get up every day despite them.

5. “Your feelings are valid.”

Most of the time, I feel like a “crazy” person. I get upset about weird things, I am exhausted and there are days when I need tons of reassurance. By you validating my feelings, you are telling me I am not out of my mind. You give me the peace of understanding my feelings without being guilty or freaked out.

Everyone wants to be told they have done a good job. It’s human nature. We all want to be praised. It’s funny, though; for me at least, the times I need praise the most happen to be the times when it seems like I’m doing the least. The times when my grades suck and hygiene has gone out the window are the times when I’m fighting the hardest to get out of bed. Acknowledging it makes all the difference.

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James Donaldson on CBD Oil and Benefits – Talking Points about Kannaway CBD

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Have You Heard About Trunited – The “Absolutely Free” One-of-a-Kind Online Earnings Platform

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Have you ever come across something that seems “too good to be true”?

I recently have, and I can’t wait to share it with you.

It’s an online earnings platform called Trunited www.trunited.com

This is an opportunity, that cost you absolutely nothing to sign up and reward you for doing the online shopping that you are doing anyway. You’ll earn points, percentage discounts, that actually converted into cash at the end of every month. It’s truly amazing!

The simplest way to get involved, (and of course, I would love to have you on my team) is to click the following link Click Here and it will take you to the Trunited site, Where first of all, you can sign up at absolutely no cost, and then see all the great online retailers that are part of Trunited program. It’s as simple as loading the dollars you would spend anyway,  onto your Trunited Gift Card, and then using those dollars to purchase gift cards to any of hundreds of different online retailers. Every time you do that, you’ll earn some percentage points which will be converted into actual dollars on a monthly basis.

Just this past weekend, I purchased a microwave from Walmart, but first, I purchased a Walmart gift card on the Trunited site, then went to the Walmart site,  made my purchase and paid for it with the Walmart gift card that I had. It’s that simple.

This is just one of the many benefits of utilizing the Trunited platform.

There are many great things like booking hotel reservations, airplane reservations, and car rentals, all for the same low prices as some of the other discount reservation services.

A greeting card service, that makes sending greeting cards a cinch.

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James Donaldson on CBD Oil and Benefits – 5 Potential Benefits of CBD Oil

copy of one sheet - salveWith some of the physical and mental issues I have been dealing with the last few years, I’ve had a chance to study up on the benefits of CBD oil, and there are many.

Personally, I take it daily to deal with depression/anxiety issues (and with my doctor’s approval, weaning myself off of the prescription medication for same), it’s also been a wonderful benefit to blood pressure levels, and the occasional joint pain and muscle pains an older athlete like me, is bound to be bothered by from time to time.

All I can say is “it works”!

Matter fact, I spoke to my primary care doctor today about CBD oil, and he knew quite a bit about it, and the scientific/medical testings that have been done in recent years. The one thing he said with certainty, is that there is “no harm, and no dangerous side effects” with taking CBD oil on a daily basis. So he encouraged me to keep on “keeping on”. And I will.

Here’s some information here  about some of the benefits of CBD oil.

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While there are some questions of the growing benefits found with cannabis, CBD is gaining traction from the public and the medical community.

 

Please note:  CBD oil and it’s varying formularies are legal in a number of states in the US and in some international locations. Please check the laws in your state or region before making a purchase. This article is presented for informational purposes only and is not meant to diagnose or treat any illness. If you have any health concern, see a licensed health care professional in person.Over the years, the public opinion regarding cannabis and CBD has changed dramatically. While there are some questions of the growing benefits found with cannabis, CBD is gaining traction from the public and the medical community. It has been shown that CBD can be very beneficial for a handful of reasons. Within this guide, you’re going to learn more about 5 benefits of CBD.

Relieves Pain

First and foremost, you should know that CBD can actually act as an analgesic. This means that it can potentially provide the user with pain relief. This is why many people are making the switch from prescription narcotics to CBD. It provides them with the relief that they’re after without putting them in a stupor. Of course, don’t make a switch from prescription medication without consulting your doctor, but knowing this is an option can be helpful.

Calming Anxiety

Do you suffer from severe anxiety? Anxiety can be crippling and often turns people’s lives upside down. Sadly, those prescription medications are a double-edged sword. They help, but they may cause side effects too. Therefore, you might be better off with a natural solution. CBD can potentially help. It is believed that the compound interacts with the limbic and paralimbic areas of the brain to deliver relief.

Stops Seizures

You should also know that CBD may be helpful for those dealing with seizures. A study published in The New England Journal of Medicine concluded that CBD was possibly effective for patients dealing with the Dravet syndrome. This rare form of epilepsy is tough to treat. Anyone who is dealing with seizures should definitely speak to their doctor about CBD oil. There is a real possibility that the CBD will be able to provide you with relief where other medications have failed. On top of that, CBD has not been shown to cause unwanted side effects.

Can Potentially Help in the Fight Against Cancer

CBD could be beneficial for people dealing with cancer. It may help these people in several unique ways. For instance, it is believed that CBD contains compounds may have an anti-tumor effect. It may even help promote the death of tumor cells. When it comes to cervical cancer, the CBD has shown to be effective for preventing the cancer cells from spreading. That research is indeed promising, but remember additional research is needed. Nevertheless, CBD may be a key to solving this grim puzzle. You should never give up your conventional medication, and always consult your doctor, but CBD is well worth looking into.

Staving Off Diabetes

Finally, you should know that CBD might be effective for decreasing the risk of diabetes. A study was published in Neuropharmacology. That study analyzing the impact of CBD on rats. It was found that the CBD could potentially help prevent the rats from developing diabetes. This is very important because diabetes is now one of the most common and costly medical illnesses in the world. While more research is needed, the results are eye-opening and could be promising.

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James Donaldson on Mental Health – Many Working to Shed Stigma of Mental Illness

13 documentariesJames Donaldson notes:

Welcome to the “next chapter” of my life… being a voice and an advocate for mental health awareness and suicide prevention, especially pertaining to our younger generation of students and student-athletes.

Getting men to speak up and reach out for help and assistance is one of my passions. Us men need to not suffer in silence or drown our sorrows in alcohol, hang out at bars and strip joints, or get involved with drug use.

Having gone through a recent bout of depression and suicidal thoughts myself, I realize now, that I can make a huge difference in the lives of so many by sharing my story, and by sharing various resources I come across as I work in this space.  http://bit.ly/JamesMentalHealthArticle

 

AUSTIN, Texas — Lake Travis area community members have committed to tackling mental health by equipping the public with tools and resources about how to help someone who is struggling from depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts.

Local therapist Sarah Cortez said that every day, 3,000 minors attempt suicide in the country and four out of five of them showed clear warning signs. Out of those 3,000, she said, 20 percent sought mental health care.

Suicide is the second-leading cause of death for people between the ages and 10 and 24, according to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“Taking fear away about mental health or just talking about mental health empowers someone to notice someone who may have suicidal thoughts,” Cortez said. “And the more education you have, the more you feel empowered.”

A new nonprofit in the area, Tune Into Life, is just getting on its feet, but, founder and Executive Director Kathleen Hassenfratz, said the group’s two main goals are to provide parents and the community with tools to better understand mental health and the struggles kids deal with daily, and to get kids more involved.

Hassenfratz said suicide is not stereotypical to one type of child. While there is no one answer, she said, a lot of time kids feel disconnected or face a lot of pressure when it comes to education and social media. Cortez cited hearing similar things from some of her clients.

“What we’re seeing is more stress and anxiety,” Cortez said. “And what is causing this? There are bigger expectations now because the world is expanding, so there is pressure to succeed. Social media — there is a lot of pressure there. For a lot of people social media is everything. It can be exhilarating and it can be the worst thing and it can cause anxiety and stress.”

Hassenfratz said her goal is to create a place where kids can come to decompress, talk and learn how to help others and themselves. The organization hosts monthly open community meetings where local professionals are available to talk. Meeting locations in the Lake Travis area vary monthly.

As the organization continues to grow, Hassenfratz said her next step is reaching more high school students.

Lake Travis High seniors Mia Perlman and Tiffany Sun are working on just that. The two have put together a class, the Positivity Project, that educates students about mental health and recognizing symptoms of depression, anxiety and suicide.

The two have put together community presentations where local therapists and counselors talk with guests about mental health. Topics ranged from suicide prevention to stress and anxiety to depression.

“We had a few friends that did commit suicide and we didn’t think there was enough awareness in our school about how we as students can help, and awareness in general that this is a problem that we have within our school,” Sun said.

Perlman said the hope is that talking about mental health and educating students about the issue will also break the stigma of not seeking help through counselors or therapists. Sun said some people might not be open to it because they are afraid of talking to a stranger, or what counseling and therapy defines as.

“That is why we wanted it to be student-led,” Perlman said. “So there is a medium area. Maybe students will feel more comfortable if it’s run by someone that goes to their school.”

Cortez said just reaching out in that moment can make a difference. By knowing that one person cares can snap someone who is suicidal out of that state of mind. She said learning what to say and how to react in that moment can go a long way.

“One of the most interesting things is it’s not always what you say, but just being there for the person,” Perlman said. “It’s one of those actions speak louder than words things.”

While Perlman and Sun will graduate in May, they hope that someone will continue to carry out their project and perhaps expand on it. Hassenfratz shared a similar sentiment, adding that her goal is to create a center that is welcoming to all.

“I envision a community center with pool tables and a place where they can hang out and play ping pong,” Hassenfratz said. “The idea is to equip parents with resources and tools to recognize signs of mental health, and then also equipping students and children with similar resources.”

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James Donaldson on Mental Health – School Health Professionals Learn What Is and Isn’t Working to Keep Students Safe

James Donaldson notes:

Welcome to the “next chapter” of my life… being a voice and an advocate for mental health awareness and suicide prevention, especially pertaining to our younger generation of students and student-athletes.

Getting men to speak up and reach out for help and assistance is one of my passions. Us men need to not suffer in silence or drown our sorrows in alcohol, hang out at bars and strip joints, or get involved with drug use.

Having gone through a recent bout of depression and suicidal thoughts myself, I realize now, that I can make a huge difference in the lives of so many by sharing my story, and by sharing various resources I come across as I work in this space.  http://bit.ly/JamesMentalHealthArticle

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HUNTSVILLE Ala. — More than 280 north Alabama school health professionals came together to discuss the issues impacting students Friday. Things like school safety, bullying, adolescent substance abuse, mental health, and suicide.

For the third year school health professionals, like counselors, nurses, social workers, school resource officers came together to learn about evidence and research-based approaches to make students safer.

“In the 1970s you wouldn’t see this conference. You wouldn’t see police officers and mental health sitting down together, looking forward together,” said Michael Dorn, the Executive Director of Safe Havens International.

Dorn said schools are safer than in the past. But he found there are some safety practices that are doing more harm than good.

“A lot of the current active shooter training programs are actually causing deaths and serious injuries,” he said. “When we test them with real-life, real-time scenarios, people with those type of training programs, many of them, not all, they perform worse than people with no training at all. They have delayed reaction times, they do things to make the situation worse. They’re very popular, they sound great, but they don’t work very well and they are causing death.”

Dorn said one thing that is proven to work is thoughtful student supervision. It helps saves lives in violent situations, bullying, natural disasters, and suicides.

“I think that in the past suicide has been such a taboo subject, it’s been something we haven’t wanted to talk about. Through SPEAK, we’re hoping to give those kids a voice and give them the right things to say so that they know the right things to do to prevent that death, that is so preventable,” said Anna Manning, the SPEAK Coordinator with the Huntsville Hospital Foundation

The school health professionals will learn about proven steps to help keep students safe. Manning said one thing anyone can do is get the SPEAK app.

“It has a list on your phone where you check off warning signs you might be seeing in a loved one. And then it gives you a direct response of what to say, what not to say, what to do immediately, phone numbers to call,” she said,

She said one of the most important things for young people to know is that if they talk about it, they can heal.

The executive director of Safe Havens International said that while it may not seem like it, schools in the United States are the safest in the world. And conferences like the one today will continue to make them safer.

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James Donaldson on Mental Health – From Celebrity Confessions to Date-Rape Drugs For Depression, 8 Best Mental Health Moments of 2018

James Donaldson notes:

Welcome to the “next chapter” of my life… being a voice and an advocate for mental health awareness and suicide prevention, especially pertaining to our younger generation of students and student-athletes.

Getting men to speak up and reach out for help and assistance is one of my passions. Us men need to not suffer in silence or drown our sorrows in alcohol, hang out at bars and strip joints, or get involved with drug use.

Having gone through a recent bout of depression and suicidal thoughts myself, I realize now, that I can make a huge difference in the lives of so many by sharing my story, and by sharing various resources I come across as I work in this space.  http://bit.ly/JamesMentalHealthArticle

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Did you know that people with mental health problems tend to die 10-20 years before the general population? According to WHO, there are 300 million people suffering from various psychiatric and mood disorders around the world. But things have been turning around. In the last few years, the world has been slowly waking up to the problems posed by mental health issues. Dialogues around problems such as depression, anxiety, suicidal tendencies, and bipolar disorders have also been increasing. In 2018, we lost many great people to depression. But the year also saw some amazing moments that bode well for mental health.

 

 

1 Celebrities Talking About Depression

2 “Master key” For Schizophrenia and Autism Discovered

Researchers at Emory and the Chinese Academy of Sciences identified “master keys” or risk genes that are instrumental to brain functions. When the scientists “created” mice without these risk genes or master keys MIR-37, they found that the rodents had a learning disability, repetitive behavior, memory problems, and impaired sociability. The research came out in November 2018 and was to have been published in Nature Neuroscience.

3 Global Warming and Depression

The UN Special Report on Global Warming revealed that the world has heated up by one-degree Celsius, which could be bad news for health in general. But new research from MIT and Harvard revealed that with every degree increase in global temperature, there’s a two percent increase in mental health issues.

4 Exercise Bad For Mental Health?

While some amount of physical exercise is considered good for mental health, a study published in The Lancet Psychiatry this year found that doing more than 90 minutes of exercise per day could be hurting their mental health. The same study said that those who exercised between three and five times a week had better mental health than those who exercised lesser than that.

5 A Way to Prevent Suicide

A study published in October 2018 in the American Journal of Psychiatry found a way to predict suicide attempts and prevent them by using electronic health records. The researchers were able to formulate a prediction model to prevent suicides from happening. They studied 313 demographic and clinical characteristics such as prior suicide attempts, mental health, substance abuse, etc. to create the system.

6 Date Rape Drug For Depression

Surprisingly, a date-rape drug ketamine, also known as the party-drug, has been explored as a treatment option for depression. In May of 2018, Johnson & Johnson has been trying to project ketamine for its antidepressant quality and as a potential weapon against depression. A nasal spray-version of ketamine known as esketamine would be used for the purpose.

7 Ecstasy for Anxiety and Autism

After Ketamine, another infamous drug Ecstasy or MDMA or “molly” has been shown to reduce social anxiety in autistic people. The research was published in the journal Psychopharmacology, which said that people who had crippling social anxiety became more confident in situations that made them nervous before.

8 Social Media is Contributing To Mental Illnesses

Social media addiction in today’s day and age could be worsening depression according to experts. Research published in the Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology showed that excessive use of Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram could worsen mental health. Instagram has been considered the worst offender in fuelling inadequacy and depression.

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