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#JamesDonaldsononMentalHealth – LETTER: Talking About #Mentalhealth Can Help Prevent #Suicides

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To the Editor:

 

The #UnitedStates has the highest rate of #suicide, making this an absolute crisis in our country. The thing about #suicide is that it does not discriminate. It affects the popular teenage girl, the poor single mother, the famous Hollywood actor, and the elderly man next door.

The person who ends their life by way of #suicide has typically suffered for a very long time with #mentalhealthissues, substance use issues, grief/loss, and chronic pain. The decision to end their life is one of impulse as a way to immediately end the pain, #hopelessness, and #despair that they have been feeling for years.

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 #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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So I ask all of you to do your part to end the #stigma associated with #mentalhealth. Educate yourselves on the warning signs (talking about death, isolating, increased depression/unhappiness, giving away personal belongings), use the word #suicide in discussions, and advocate for #mentalhealthresources in the community.

The more we talk about #mentalhealth the more lives we can save.

Speak Up to Prevent Suicide

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