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#JamesDonaldson on #MentalHealth – Editorial: Dealing With ‘#Suicide By #Cop’

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About 10% of the roughly 1,000 fatal #police shootings each year are considered “#suicide by #cop.”

In October, The Washington Post profiled new tactics offered to big-city law enforcement agencies to de-escalate incidents wherein cops resort to violence.

One part of the piece caught our eye amid the debate, now somewhat latent, over fatal encounters between #police and civilians — which have created a cottage industry of activism that seeks to convince the public to believe that brutality by authorities is routine and occurs with impunity.

According to the Post, about 10% of the roughly 1,000 fatal #police shootings each year are considered “#suicide by #cop.”

#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

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Deputy fatally shoots Lakeland man in ‘suicide by cop’ case

November 29, 2019

Unfortunately we witnessed such an incident in Polk County over the holiday weekend.

On Friday, Polk Deputy Chad Nichols shot and killed Kenneth Layton of North Lakeland after Layton refused repeated commands to drop the gun he was brandishing, and eventually pointed, at Nichols.

Sheriff Grady Judd told reporters that Layton’s family said he had been despondent since cancer took his wife two months ago. “This is a classic, a classic, #suicide by #cop,” Judd told the media. “It’s just a sad situation. I’m sorry he put us in that situation. I’m sorry he didn’t allow us to help him.”

As all of us should be.

But Judd touched on something that many of us forget or overlook when these incidents occur: the effect on Deputy Nichols.

“I’ve got a 15-year deputy … who’s got to live with this the rest of his life. And all he was doing was defending himself,” Judd said. “It’s traumatic enough when you’re shooting a really bad guy, but it’s really traumatic when after it’s all over you find out that he’s using you as a vehicle to commit #suicide and he’s left you with that baggage.”

Judd’s right, and what he refers to is illustrated in “Suicide by Cop: Inducing Officers to Shoot,” a 2004 book edited by Vivian Lloyd of the University of North Carolina-Charlotte that studied police who commit what some analysts term “victim-precipitated homicide.”

“In these particular cases,” the study noted, “the officer is faced with the additional impact of killing an individual who is, in essence, seeking help from the #police in doing something that he or she could not do – the taking of his/her own life.” Thus, many #policeofficers involved in #suicide-by-cop situations experience life-altering psychological effects that include #depression, guilt, nightmares, flashbacks, a heightened sense of danger and on rare occasions post-traumatic stress disorder. For police, such emotional turmoil can in some cases lead to a divorce or a similar breakdown in relationships to those closest to them — and even those folks often need help when the officer doesn’t fully rebound.

The authors note cops also feel anger and confusion for being “manipulated” into shooting someone. Then, atop that, many officers take on guilt over the effects their actions have for the survivors of the “victim.”

The study further notes, “Regardless of the subject’s motivation or mindset, it remains that these individuals chose to pose a perceived lethal threat to law enforcement personnel. In this regard, the so-called victims must share some of the responsibility during a #police shooting, as it is their actions that often precipitate the final outcome. An outcome that tragically has resulted in a ‘lose-lose’ situation, often having negative consequences for the victims, their family, the police agency and the police officer involved. … Officers are often given seconds to decide how to resolve a potentially lethal conflict. In many instances, #policeofficers have no other option but to use deadly force.”

And in those seconds many of them will be psychologically scarred for a lifetime.

Some in the #mentalhealth community bristle at the idea that #suicide is a “selfish” act. But those who choose #suicide by involving #policeofficers clearly disregard the impact their decision will have on the public servants whom they convince — typically by waving weapons and refusing to submit to commands — to carry out the fateful deed.

The Post article revealed that it happens more frequently than many of us likely thought. And in those cases, if the “victims” decline to let the rest of us help them, then the next best thing we can do is to help those left behind — like Deputy Nichols — understand that the choices of others left them with no choice.

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#JamesDonaldsononMentalHealth – Experts: Overcome #MentalHealth #Stigma By Talking And Listening

Panel: Having ‘uncomfortable’ conversation could save a life

Oct 3, 2019 at 9:40 pm

Executive Director of #NAMI Iowa Peggy Huppert responds Thursday to a question from the audience during the #mentalhealth in young professionals session of The Gazette’s Iowa Ideas symposium in downtown Cedar Rapids.

Trish Mehaffey

CEDAR RAPIDS — #Stigma surrounds #mentalhealth because nobody is taught how to handle sadness and pain and the resources are difficult to access. But people sharing their experiences is the only way to bring about change and help those suffering.

Speaking Thursday at The Gazette’s Iowa Ideas symposium, Mary Neubauer said the discussion about #mentalhealth and #suicide may be “uncomfortable,” but the lack of resources in Iowa pushed her to talk about “my inspiration” — her 18-year-old son, Sergei, who died by #suicide in 2017.

Sergei was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, major #depression and severe #anxiety, which stemmed from his “tumultuous” childhood in Russia. Neubauer and her husband adopted him in 2009.

Neubauer, who fought for the #mentalhealth reform bill and now serves on the State Children’s #MentalHealth System Board, said young professionals are in the age group that begins experiencing #depression, #stress and #anxiety because they are leaving an environment that had brought people together — school and social activities.

Her son was moving in that direction and didn’t know what to do or how to handle it, she said.

“Those isolating moments feed #depression and #loneliness,” Neubauer said.

#JamesDonaldsononMentalHealth – 

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

Half of all chronic #mentalillness begins by age 14 and three-quarters by 24, according to #CentersforDiseaseControlandPrevention statistics. One in five adults in America experiences a #mentalillness, and #depression is the No. 1 cause of disability worldwide, the statistics show.

Iowa Ideas panel member Peggy Huppert, executive director of the state chapter of #NationalAllianceonMentalHealth — #NAMI Iowa — said two of her daughters have #anxiety and #depression and the top challenge is getting past the #stigma to access care.

As an example of the #stigma and her “wake up call,” Huppert cited discussion at a public meeting over building a psychiatric facility — the Clive Behavioral Hospital. Several people were upset about this kind of hospital coming to town. Some even thought their children would be abducted by the patients.

More education is needed on #mentalhealth, said Mary Thompson, panelist and chief executive officer of the Clive Behavioral Hospital.

People don’t know about resources and what steps to take when dealing with #mentalissues. The young professionals age group ranks the highest for having #suicidal thoughts.

Panel members agreed that #socialmedia has seemed to have a mostly negative influence on young peoples’ #mentalhealth. Many individuals try to compare their lives with others on #socialmedia who portray “great lives” and don’t seem to struggle — except that’s usually not real life.

The overwhelming problem may be that nobody has been taught to identify sadness and #anxiety, panelists said. Or people push it away and say “We’re tough — we can handle it.”

Panelist Tammy Hoyman, chief executive of the Employee & Family Resources nonprofit in Des Moines, said the average person isn’t a trained #mentalhealthprofessional — but doesn’t have to be.

If a friend, co-worker or employee is struggling, ask him or her to lunch or say, “You seem quiet or tired. Is everything OK.”

To help, know these warning signs:

• Feeling sad or withdrawn for over two weeks

• Trying to harm or kill oneself or making plans

• Repeated use of drugs or alcohol

• Drastic changes in mood, behavior, personality or sleeping habits

Then, share concerns:

• Start the conversation

• Assure the individual he or she is not alone

• Be understanding, caring and non-judgmental.

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#JamesDonaldsononMentalHealth – What Is #MentalHealth First Aid?

These classes offer participants useful knowledge that can be utilized in the event of a #mentalhealth emergency.

Teacher leading a mental health first aid class

#MentalHealth First Aid is a term that’s gained a lot of momentum lately, especially with Lady Gaga’s Born This Way foundation, which encourages people to learn about #mentalhealth.

A report on CNN explains the importance of taking mental health first aid classes, and how #mentalhealth training can be incredibly beneficial.

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

 

These classes began 12 years ago, and close to two million people have attended them since. In 2015, the government allotted $20 million for this program, and in most areas of the U.S. you can take this class for free.

Inside The Program

While an eight-hour seminar can’t take the place of seeing a therapist or #mentalhealthprofessional, the program has been likened to learning CPR to equip yourself with lifesaving skills.
 
Betsy Schwartz, an executive at the Mental Health First Aid program, says, “We’re not training anyone to be a professional. We’re only teaching people how to be an empathetic friend, family member or coworker.”
 
CNN had attended a Mental Health First Aid seminar in Ohio, a state that’s had to grapple with alarming rates of addiction and suicide.

As one social worker explained, “Ohio, since 1999, has had a 30% increase in #suicidedeaths and is above the national average for #suiciderates. So it’s really important that we’re getting information in people’s hands. They’re not easy conversations to have and oftentimes people shy away from that.”

At this seminar, instructors explained the signs to look out for with #depression and #anxiety, and how to help calm a person in the midst of a panic attack.

The acronym ALGEE was introduced and explained.

A – Assess for risk of harm or suicide 

L – Listen non-judgmentally 

G – Give information and reassurance 

E – Encourage professional help, if needed 

E –  Encourage self-help

Diving deeper into the final step, encourage self-help, one instructor explained, “It’s going to be very important to have some buy-in into [someone’s] own recovery. We all like to be able to say ‘I did this.’ Get them involved in those decision-making skills.”

One person who attended the class had lost a brother from #suicide and had #mentalillness in her family. “Everyday in life you forget to listen and be aware,” she said. “If you’re uncomfortable, taking this class will help you become more confident in reaching out to somebody.”

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#JamesDonaldsononMentalHealth – Korean Pop Star #Sulli Dies at 25

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Korean pop star #Sulli was found dead at her home near Seoul on Monday. She was 25.

Her manager found her body and alerted the police.

The manager reported that the star, whose real name was Choi Jin-ri, suffered from #depression, and police said that they were working on the assumption that she had died by #suicide. Initial investigations found no sign of foul play but also no #suicide note.

#Sulli, who initially debuted as a child actress in 2005, rose to fame as a member of the K-pop girl band f(x) under the management of South Korea’s top agency, SM Entertainment. She had held down both her singing and acting jobs until 2014, when she complained of severe cyber-bullying and online misinformation. The following year she quit the band and focused primarily on acting.

She had the lead role in 2017 film “Real” and in “Pirates.” She recently shot TV show “Hotel Del Luna” for tvN, and was attached to “Persona” for Netflix.

#Sulli, who maintained a sexy and outspoken image, often found herself the target of online abuse. She was a close friend of Jonghyun, another K-pop icon, who killed himself in December 2017.

Her most recent media appearance was her emcee role in a TV show, “The Night of Hate Comments.” The program invites stars and celebrities who have suffered cyber-bullying to talk about their experiences. Sulli was scheduled to record the show Monday. JTBC, the show’s broadcaster, said in a statement that it would go ahead with the recording as scheduled.

#Socialmedia was quickly alight with the news of her death. “Sulli’s death shouldn’t be reported as a #suicide but murder,” one fan tweeted, adding that the pop star “was attacked constantly” and “there’s only so much a person can take. May angels lead her & take her to the stars where she can stay forever shining and happy.”

Others did not hesitate to link Sulli’s death to Jonghyun’s. “You’re in a better place now #Sulli with Jonghyun. I hope both of u found the happiness you deserve in heaven,” another fan wrote.

#JamesDonaldsononMentalHealth – 

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

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#JamesDonaldson on #MentalHealth – Helping #Students Dealing With #Depression During the Holiday Season

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — While most people are looking forward to the holidays, it can be a tough time for those living with #mentalillness.

  • Fonda Bryant, a mental health advocate, is speaking to CMS students about recognizing and protecting themselves from mental health issues
  • CMS leaders tell Bryant suicide attempts rise during holiday breaks or long weekends
  • Anyone in need of help can call the #NationalSuicideHotline at 1-800-273-TALK

Fonda Bryant, a member of the #NationalAllianceonMentalIllness, is speaking to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools students this week about how they can better protect their #mentalhealth. The primary focus of Bryant’s speaking tour is to help students learn the warning signs for #depression and warning signs of being suicidal.

She says leaders with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools tell her, “When students have a long weekend or get out for the holidays, the #suicide attempts rise.” 

Bryant is also giving out #suicideprevention wristbands and encouraging students to speak with a trusted adult or parent if they’re feeling sad or hopeless.

“I think that the foundation of talking to your young people with #mentalhealth, is communication,” Bryant says. “And being open and willing and like I said, listen nonjudgementally to what they have to say. Because it could happen to any child.”

Bryant says she’s glad to see that there are more signs in parking decks and other #suicide-prone places that remind people to call the #NationalSuicideHotline (NSH) if they are feeling suicidal.

#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

If you or someone you know needs help, please call the NSH at 1-800-273-TALK.

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#JamesDonaldson on #MentalHealth – How To Talk To Your #Child About #Suicide And #MentalHealth

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by Allison Snell

TRI-CITIES, Wash. — #Suicideprevention advocates explain it’s never too early to talk to children about #mentalhealth.

Kimberly Starr lost her son to #suicide and now she works to advocate for other parents to have difficult discussions with loved ones.

“Are you feeling so bad you are thinking about #suicide?” asked Starr.

According to experts, people who die by #suicide really die from a disease such as #depression or #mentalillness that became too much for them to handle.

“We are just now starting to talk openly about #mentalillness,” said Starr.

She explains if someone says they are thinking about #suicide you should take it seriously. “When somebody says I am thinking about killing myself, even if you just think they are trying to be funny or that they are being a drama queen, you need to take it seriously,” said Starr.

After a 4th grader at Holcomb Elementary School in Oregon City took his own life Dec. 10th, it’s raising the question, what age should you talk to children about #suicide and #mentalhealth?

#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

Experts told Action News it is never to early to start talking to your children about their health.

  • For kindergarten age students it’s best to explain to them the concept of dying
  • For children ages eight to 10 it’s best to use short and truthful answers
  • For ages 11 to 14 you can provide more information about what #suicide means but never give graphic details

If someone says they are thinking about #suicide, there are a few ways you can respond.

  1. Acknowledge how someone is feeling
  2. Let them know you care about them and are here for them
  3. Tell someone you trust

The FCC has approved a proposal for a new three-digit number as the #suicide prevention hotline. They are hoping to implement 9-8-8 as a #NationalSuicidePreventionHotline within the next 18-months.

Until then, if you or someone you know needs emotional support you can call the #SuicidePreventionHotline at 1-800-273-8255.

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