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
INGHAM COUNTY, Mich. (WLNS) — – The holidays are here, and while it’s a happy time for many people, it’s really not for others. And if you are someone who struggles through the holidays, health experts want you to know, there is hope, both now and year-round.
Mental health is an important topic year-round. And it’s an all-too familiar statistic: Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States.
Jody Nelson, a Prevention Therapist at Community Mental Health of Clinton, Eaton, and Ingham Counties says the holiday season can be especially difficult for people who have suffered a loss or live away from family. But helping someone who might be suffering from depression or have thoughts of suicide can be as simple as reaching out and checking in.
“A lot of people when they get into that mindset where they’re actually thinking of taking their own life, they feel very isolated and cut off and alone. And it’s very important for them to know that there is help. There’s absolutely help and it can make a huge difference. And they’re not nearly as alone as they feel that they are,” Nelson said.
According to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s website, something to watch for is unusual changes in behavior. Some of those can include a person withdrawing, increased drinking or drug use, erratic behavior or extreme mood swings.
If you or someone you know are struggling with thoughts of suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1.800.273.8255 or the Community Mental Health crisis line at 517.346.8460.