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
GREEN BAY (WLUK) — A recent murder-suicide in Suamico is shining a spotlight on men’s mental health.
For many men dealing with a mental health crisis, getting the help they need isn’t always easy. But Harry Sydney the founder of a men’s mentoring program called My Brother’s Keeper, said luckily there are some resources.
“We all deal with stuff, but men are taught that they have to handle things differently. So if we don’t change our thought process there is usually a lot of damage,” he explained.
Sydney said a lot of the struggles men are facing today should be considered an epidemic and more resources are needed to help them. Especially with middle aged men having the highest suicide rates in Wisconsin.
“So the most recent data that we have from 2016 we had 676 identified as made for death by suicide and 186 identified as female out of 862,” said Leah Rolando with Prevention Suicide Wisconsin.
Prevention Suicide Wisconsin is another statewide resource for anyone going through a stressful time, which can sometimes trigger suicidal crisis.
“We know suicide is complex and there is no one way to solve this. So some risk factors are relationship problems, economic stress, family problems, which is why we try and focus on connecting them with resources,” she said.
My Brother’s Keeper’s mentoring program not only provides one-one one support for men. It also offers group sessions for schools and businesses.
There are also resources for women who are in violent or abusive relationships.