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#JamesDonaldsononMentalHealth -#MentalHealth Experts Say One Of Biggest Hurdles To Treatment Is #Stigma

The Rocky Mountain region continues to face some of the highest #suicide rates in the country. A recent panel of experts in Colorado addressed what they said was one of the biggest hurdles to #mentalhealth: social #stigma.

The panel was convened by the Colorado Springs Gazette and KKTV. One of the speakers was Dr. Leon Kelly, the El Paso County Coroner and chief medical examiner. He sees firsthand the impacts of #depression and #suicides.

“I just exited the morgue,” Kelly told KRCC, “and I did three gunshot wound #suicides. Three adult men ages 18, 36 and 54. So we really are on the front lines of seeing where our systems have failed.”

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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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According to Kelly, adult males have the highest rates of #suicide because they face the most stigma for #mentalillness.

“They’re the hardest group to reach out to,” said Kelly. “They are the hardest group to admit that they need help and they are the hardest to get to follow through on that help.”

Kelly said one way of breaking through the #stigma barrier is to treat #depression and other #mentalillnesses more like physical illnesses – like diabetes or a broken ankle– so there’s less shame in seeking medical or professional help. He also encourages people to talk with each other more openly about how #mentalillness has affected them or the people they love.

This story was produced by the Mountain West News Bureau, a collaboration between Wyoming Public Media, Boise State Public Radio in Idaho, KUER in Salt Lake City, KUNR in Nevada and KRCC and KUNC in Colorado.

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