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#MICROSOFT Founder #BillGates Has Released A Powerful Message About What We Can Learn From The #Coronavirus #Pandemic Sweeping The Globe – Pt. 5

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As of Monday (March 23, 2020), the disease has killed more than 16,000
people worldwide and around 370,000 have been infected.

But multi-billionaire #Gates, 64 – who donated £85 million to combat the
virus last month – believes that despite the chaos, there is ‘a spiritual
purpose behind everything that happens’.

In an open letter, entitled ‘What is the #Corona/Covid-19Virus Really
Teaching us?’, he wrote:

‘A SPIRITUAL PURPOSE’

“I’m a strong believer that there is a spiritual purpose behind
everything that happens, whether that is what we perceive as being good or
being bad.

“As I meditate upon this, I want to share with you what I feel the
#Corona/Covid-19virus is really doing to us.

5) It is reminding us of how materialistic our society has become and how, when in times of difficulty, we remember that it’s the essentials that we need (food, water, medicine) as opposed to the luxuries that we sometimes unnecessarily give value to.

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#JamesDonaldson on #MentalHealth – Adolescents And #SuicidePrevention

Talking to your #child about #suicide may be one of the most difficult and uncomfortable conversations you’ll have, but it may also be the most important. Do not be afraid of the word “#suicide.” And according to research, talking to kids about #suicide does not cause or increase #suicide.

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Please read that again. By talking about #suicideprevention, kids will know parents are open to discussing serious topics and parents will provide support when needed.

Why discuss #mentalhealth matters with kids? #Suicide is the second leading cause of death in the Unites States for kids ages 10 to 19. And one out of every six high school students has considered #suicide in the past year. #Depression and #suicide affect people of every race, religious background, and income level. Kids need to know the warning signs of #depression and #suicide and how to get help. Most kids who attempt #suicide have shown signs of #depression.

“According to #suicideprevention experts, asking a #child directly about suicidal thoughts is usually the best thing a parent can do to help their #child open up about their emotions. Even if their child is not struggling with #suicide or #depression, parents can model for their child that it is good to talk about serious emotional concerns with trusted adults and important to reach out to friends to have these conversations, too.” http://www.nationwidechildrens.org.

#JamesDonaldson notes:

Welcome to the “next chapter” of my life… being a voice and an advocate for #mentalhealthawarenessandsuicideprevention, 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 #suicidalthoughts 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

Conversation

Together, parents/guardians can educate themselves on #suicide information. Peruse valid websites for facts and statistics. Put techno devices down. Give your full attention to kid. Listen as much as you talk. Answer questions.

“If this is a hard subject for you to talk about, admit it! (”You know, I never thought this was something I’d be talking with you about, but I think it’s really important”). By acknowledging your discomfort, you give your #child permission to acknowledge his/her discomfort too.” Read more from the #SocietyforthePreventionofTeenSuicide at http://www.sptsusa.org.

Responses to comments

If your #child makes a comment about hurting himself/herself, wanting to die, or being unsure of living, take it seriously (but do not overreact). Start with these phrases to validate emotions and understand his/her emotional pain. “Sometimes kids feel so sad, mad or even hopeless that they feel like hurting themselves. Have you been feeling like that?” “Are you thinking about killing yourself?” “Do you have a plan about how you would kill yourself?” “We will get through this together. And you can and will feel better.”

Crisis Options: Parents can call a 24-hour crisis line and ask for assistance. #NationalSuicidePreventionLifeline is 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Parents can transport their #child to the nearest hospital emergency room for a #mentalhealth assessment or call 911.

Non-crisis options: Schedule a visit with pediatrician. The pediatrician can assess early warning signs of suicidal in their patients, to diagnose and recommend treatment, and to provide referrals. Or schedule an appointment with a #mentalhealthprofessional.

The Center for #SuicidePreventionandResearch (CSPR) at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, Ohio, was created in 2015 to address the growing problem of #suicide among youth. Signs of #Suicide (SOS) is a nationally recognized #suicideprevention program offered by CSPR at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. SOS is the only school-based #suicideprevention program listed on the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices. Nationwide Children’s website has several articles with information about #suicideprevention and intervention.

Resource

When Nothing Matters Anymore: A Survival Guide for Depressed Teens (ages 13 and up) by Bev Cobain. Full of solid information. Explains adolescent #depression, reveals how common it is, describes the symptoms, and spreads the good news that #depression is treatable. Personal stories, photos, and poetry from #teens dealing with #depression speak directly to readers’ feelings, concerns, and experiences.

Discussed treatment options, presents the facts about therapy, explains the differences between various types of helping professionals (psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, physicians, counselors, etc.). This book is on the Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE) Reading List Selection. Free Spirit Publishing House is a leading publisher of learning tools that support #teens’ social-emotional health.

Don’t make #suicideprevention a taboo topic. Talk about #mentalhealth with #teens.

Melissa Martin, Ph.D., is an author, columnist, educator and therapist. She lives in Southern Ohio.

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#MICROSOFT Founder #BillGates Has Released A Powerful Message About What We Can Learn From The #Coronavirus #Pandemic Sweeping The Globe – Pt. 4

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As of Monday (March 23, 2020), the disease has killed more than 16,000
people worldwide and around 370,000 have been infected.

But multi-billionaire #Gates, 64 – who donated £85 million to combat the
virus last month – believes that despite the chaos, there is ‘a spiritual
purpose behind everything that happens’.

In an open letter, entitled ‘What is the #Corona/Covid-19Virus Really
Teaching us?’, he wrote:

‘A SPIRITUAL PURPOSE’

“I’m a strong believer that there is a spiritual purpose behind
everything that happens, whether that is what we perceive as being good or
being bad.

“As I meditate upon this, I want to share with you what I feel the
#Corona/Covid-19virus is really doing to us.

4) It is reminding us of the shortness of life and of what is most important for us to do, which is to help each other, especially those who are old or sick.

Our purpose is not to buy toilet roll.

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#JamesDonaldson on #MentalHealth – Learn About #MentalHealthIssues

We are living in perilous times in Natchez and Adams County.

High unemployment and tough economic times have perhaps contributed to some #mentalhealthissues, including #depression, drug addiction and #suicide in a percentage of the population.

Fortunately organizations are here to help people who may be struggling with #mentalhealthissues or people who know or live with people who may be struggling with #mentalhealthissues.

The #NationalAllianceonMentalIllness Four Rivers Chapter is sponsoring a #Suicide Awareness Forum from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Natchez Community Center, 215 Franklin St.

Despite the name of the event, #suicide will not be the only #mentalhealth topic on the agenda.

Other #mentalhealthissues on the agenda include #depression, bi-polar disorder and schizophrenia.

The discussion also will include what to look for in warning signs and how to get help for people who may be suffering from #mentalhealthissues.

#JamesDonaldson notes:

Welcome to the “next chapter” of my life… being a voice and an advocate for #mentalhealthawarenessandsuicideprevention, 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 #suicidalthoughts 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

Information will be available at the event too on local support groups for #suicide survivors and family support groups as well as other helpful brochures and information on a variety of #mentalhealth topics.

If you or someone you know are experiencing #mentalhealthissues, consider attending Thursday night’s forum.

It could be a matter of life and death.

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#MICROSOFT Founder #BillGates Has Released A Powerful Message About What We Can Learn From The #Coronavirus #Pandemic Sweeping The Globe – Pt. 3

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As of Monday (March 23, 2020), the disease has killed more than 16,000
people worldwide and around 370,000 have been infected.

But multi-billionaire #Gates, 64 – who donated £85 million to combat the
virus last month – believes that despite the chaos, there is ‘a spiritual
purpose behind everything that happens’.

In an open letter, entitled ‘What is the #Corona/Covid-19Virus Really
Teaching us?’, he wrote:

‘A SPIRITUAL PURPOSE’

“I’m a strong believer that there is a spiritual purpose behind
everything that happens, whether that is what we perceive as being good or
being bad.

“As I meditate upon this, I want to share with you what I feel the
#Corona/Covid-19virus is really doing to us.

3) It is reminding us of how precious our health is and how we have moved to neglect it through eating nutrient poor manufactured food and drinking water that is contaminated with chemicals upon chemicals.

If we don’t look after our health, we will, of course, get sick.

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#JamesDonaldson on #MentalHealth – Know Warning Signs, Get Help To Prevent #Suicide

In Tennessee #suicide continues to be a leading cause of death. 

In 2017, the most recent reporting year, 1,163 #suicides were recorded, according to the state’s Department of #MentalHealth. Of this total 75 youths between the ages of 10 and 19 took their own lives by self inflicting acts.

The threat of #suicide is just as prevalent here as it is in any of the state’s other 94 counties.

The World Health Organization estimates that approximately 1 million people die each year from #suicide. 

#Suicide represents a final act for someone who is severely depressed and finds their place in life to be so desperate that they consider they are in a box-like prison where there is no escape from the despair they are suffering.

#Mentalhealthprofessionals explain that, while it may be difficult for many to understand, a suicidal person is in so much pain that he or she can see no other option.

Victims of #suicide are desperate to escape the suffering that has become unbearable. Their feelings of hopelessness and isolation lead them to believe that there is no other way of finding relief except by taking their own life.
Even though most want the pain they are suffering to stop, professional counselors say they are still conflicted about committing #suicide. They want a way out other than death, but can’t seem to find it.
In order to help prevent #suicides #mentalhealth organizations encourage individuals to be aware of signs or signals that someone might be considering taking their own life and to get help for them immediately.

Foremost warning signs include someone talking about killing or harming oneself; talking or writing about death; and seeking out materials, weapons or drugs that could be used in an attempted #suicide.
These warning signs can be even more dangerous if a person has a mood disorder such as #depression or bipolar disorder, suffers from alcohol dependence, has previously attempted #suicide, or has a family history of #suicide.

A more subtle but equally dangerous warning sign of #suicide is hopelessness. Studies have found that hopelessness is a strong predictor of #suicide. People who feel hopeless may talk about “unbearable” feelings, predict a bleak future, and state that they have nothing for which to look forward.

#JamesDonaldson notes:

Welcome to the “next chapter” of my life… being a voice and an advocate for #mentalhealthawarenessandsuicideprevention, 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 #suicidalthoughts 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

Other warning signs that point to possibly a consideration of #suicide include dramatic mood swings or sudden personality changes, such as switching from outgoing to withdrawn or well-behaved to rebellious. A suicidal person may also lose interest in day-to-day activities, neglect his or her appearance, withdraw from friends and family, and show big changes in eating or sleeping habits.
Volunteer Behavioral Health, a nonprofit providing #mentalhealthservices in 31 Tennessee counties including here in through Hiwasssee Mental Health, has professional counselors on staff and available to provide assistance to those who may be contemplating harming themselves or for others including family members, friends, teachers, workplace associates, and clergy, who may recognize or believe someone they know is in danger of falling victim to #suicide.
• A 24 hour, 7-day a week Crisis Call Line is available toll free for assistance. The number to call is 800-704-2651.
• Volunteer Behavioral Health urges if someone detects some of the warning signs cited or suspects someone is considering a suicidal act to seek help immediately.

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#MICROSOFT Founder #BillGates Has Released A Powerful Message About What We Can Learn From The #Coronavirus #Pandemic Sweeping The Globe – Pt. 2

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As of Monday (March 23, 2020), the disease has killed more than 16,000
people worldwide and around 370,000 have been infected.

But multi-billionaire #Gates, 64 – who donated £85 million to combat the
virus last month – believes that despite the chaos, there is ‘a spiritual
purpose behind everything that happens’.

In an open letter, entitled ‘What is the #Corona/Covid-19Virus Really
Teaching us?’, he wrote:

‘A SPIRITUAL PURPOSE’

“I’m a strong believer that there is a spiritual purpose behind
everything that happens, whether that is what we perceive as being good or
being bad.

“As I meditate upon this, I want to share with you what I feel the
#Corona/Covid-19virus is really doing to us.

 

2) It is reminding us that we are all connected and something that affects one person has an effect on another.

It is reminding us that the false borders that we have put up have little value as this virus does not need a passport.

It is reminding us, by oppressing us for a short time, of those in this world whose whole life is spent in oppression.

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