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#JamesDonaldsononMentalHealth – #MentalHealthProfessional Address Teen #Suicide and Prevention

DULUTH, Minn. – Recent studies show in Minnesota suicide is now the second leading cause of death for  10–24 years old.

The collaborative includes mental health professionals from thirty agencies across the region.

Throughout the year multiple pieces of training are held to provide strategies and ideas for #teensuicideprevention.

Panels of speakers are invited to share personal experiences to continue the conversation about this big topic.

“Adolescent #mentalhealth and prevention is something really dear to me. Something I have struggled with myself. Having suicide attempts,” said Psychotherapist David Romano.

“It’s just heartbreaking to see how many students and young people are struggling in silence with their mental health,” Romano continues.

The collaborative believes it’s important to get communities more involved in the effort of understanding teen suicide.

“One of the things I say about suicide prevention is it’s everyone’s business,” said Carlton County Suicide Prevention Coordinator Meghann Levitt.

“Everything is coming to a point where people are realizing that this is really a need. We need to just get more resources in place to be able to respond to a higher need,” Levitt continues.

The organization also hopes to catch youth mental health concerns early will bring suicide rates down.

Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or text  MN to 741741 for more information.

  #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


National Suicide Prevention Lifeline



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